Defending Champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this year’s Australian Open.
She played her first match since the birth of her child last week in Abu Dhabi last week, and didn’t feel she was right for a Grand Slam tournament.
“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said.
“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.
“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.
“The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again.
“I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”