New Mom Serena Williams Withdraws from the Australian Open, Offers Heartfelt Explanation

New Mom Serena Williams Withdraws from the Australian Open, Offers Heartfelt Explanation

New Mom Serena Williams Withdraws from the Australian Open, Offers Heartfelt Explanation

Reigning champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

Serena Williams has made the decision to withdrawal from the Australian open, she announced on Snapchat on Thursday.

There were encouraging signs for Williams as she fell to Jelena Ostapenko in a tight exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week, though the news today that she will not be in action ahead of the Australian Open suggests she may not be ready for a full return to tour.

The younger Williams sister goes on to say in a statement to media, "My coach and team always said "only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way". I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time".

Despite the fact that Williams has turned down a wildcard for one of the last warm-up tournaments before the tournament begins, Tiley apparently remains fairly sure that the American will be back to defend her title.

Williams was pregnant with her 4-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia when she competed in the 2017 Australian Open.

Williams might be "super close" but she doesn't yet think she is in championship-winning shape. She wants to give herself the best chance to win.

Serena also said that she was disappointed to withdraw but looked forward to returning in the future.

Williams' absence, while disappointing for fans and officials, raises the prospect of another first-time grand slam victor making their mark in Melbourne.

Romanian Simona Halep, the current world No.1, and Dane Caroline Wozniacki are jostling for women's top seeding status in Melbourne.

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