Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

Lawrence Cooper
January 6, 2018

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won last year's tournament at Melbourne Park, the 23rd Grand Slam singles title of her career. Her decision comes after a recent loss at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where she lost to Jelena Ostapenko.

The announcement today certainly casts further doubt about Williams, a seven-time champion in Melbourne will be back to defend her title just four months after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi, I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be". "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".

She gave birth in September and played in an exhibition tournament last week.

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Williams is the latest big name to withdraw from the year's opening Grand Slam, which will be played from January 15 to 28, with Britain's Andy Murray (hip) and Japan's Kei Nishikori (wrist) having already said they would not compete.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor will also play the Tie Break Tens at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10 in the evening, joining Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt in the field.

There are also doubts over the fitness of Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal and Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, who won the title in 2014.

Several other big names, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka, also remain under fitness clouds 10 days out from the year's first grand slam event at Melbourne Park.

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