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Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams Withdraws From Tournament

Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams Withdraws From Tournament

The open championship of Australia on tennis will be held from 15 to 29 January.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: "The true champion Serena is has been demonstrated in the herculean efforts she has made over the past few months in her desire to play the Australian Open".

The 36-year-old had been planning to try and defend the title she claimed last year, for the seventh time in her superb career.

After giving birth to a baby girl last September and hosting a fairytale wedding in New Orleans in November, Serena Williams needs some time to adjust to her new life.

She'll always be a champion!




Williams lost an exhibition contest against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi on 30 December 2017, in her first match since giving birth in September.

Williams might be "super close" but she doesn't yet think she is in championship-winning shape. Surprisingly, the tournament doesn't have any major names competing this year given that the former world number one Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori withdrew their names on Thursday due to injury.

There are also fitness concerns regarding top seeds Rafael Nadal and six-time champion Novak Djokovic, although Nadal has landed in Melbourne and was seen hitting the courts. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open". "I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the eleventh hour to make her final decision".

"However, 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". No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki are bidding to win their first Grand Slam singles titles. The former No. 1 hasn't played an official match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam there previous year beating sister Venus in the final.

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