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Williams to miss Australian Open

06 January, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Serena Williams won't be competing in Australia

Williams was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017.

"My coach and team always said, 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way'". On January 4, the tennis champ shared her decision to withdraw from the 2018 Australian Open, and offered a heartfelt explanation as to why.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life and consistently gives her all in everything she does".

"I can compete - but I don't want to just compete". The tennis star, who was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title past year, confirmed that she would not be returning to the court as she "needs more time".

The duo have struggled with elbow and knee problems respectively and face a race against time to be ready for the first Grand Slam of the year.


The upcoming Australian Open women's draw won't include the defending champion.

Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent It is less than four months since Williams gave birth.

The 36-year-old had been desperate to defend her crown - one she cherishes as possibly her most memorable triumph - and equal Australian great Margaret Court's all-time record 24 grand slam singles titles.

Lawrence Robertson, the tournament director, revealed that representatives from the tournament had been speaking to Williams' and her team for about three months about potentially playing in the tournament, though the American confirmed to the tournament earlier today she would not be in action.

"It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete".

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