Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

Serena Williams Drops out of Australian Open

The seven-time Australian Open champion confirmed Friday she wouldn't attempt to defend the title she won here past year, saying she wasn't convinced she could win it.

She gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

"We are fully aware that some players are going through a hard period with injuries and that they have done everything possible to prepare for the Australian summer", Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said while talking to The Dependent.

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However, the organisers are quick to clarify that this only applies to players whose absence makes a dent of at least a million Australian dollars to the tournament.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement Friday.

"With that being said, I am disappointed to say I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year". This was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22.

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She has played just once in public since, losing to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi last week, but was still hopeful of making a remarkable return at the Australian Open until she admitted defeat a week ahead of the event. She won in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017.

Fans of tennis superstar Serena Williams were gearing up for her big comeback to the sport later this month, but they're going to have to wait a bit longer.

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