Serena Williams reveals real reason for pulling out of the Australian Open

06 January, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Serena made right move to miss out – coach

Serena Williams' return to the tennis spotlight will be put on hold after the 23-time major victor withdrew from the 2018 Australian Open.

Per ESPN, Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open, the tournament which she won a year ago while two months pregnant.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi, I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams added.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor defeated her sister Venus in last year's Australian Open 6-4 6-4 and had a second consecutive title in her sights when the tournament started later this month. On January 4, the tennis champ shared her decision to withdraw from the 2018 Australian Open, and offered a heartfelt explanation as to why.

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


Williams had told Vogue magazine last August about her "outrageous plan" to defend her title, but the short turnaround after giving birth has proven too much for even the greatest player of her generation.

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.

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

He was upset in Round Two of the Australian Open by Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, ranked 117th in the world at the time, and also lost in the Quarter Finals of the French Open to Dominic Thiem.

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