Serena Williams Will Not Play In The 2018 Australian Open

Tricia Pearson
January 6, 2018

Tournament director Craig Tiley called Williams's efforts to try and be ready for a title defence at the Australian Open "Herculean" and said she transcended the sport.

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.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor played her first match since giving birth at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on December 30, losing her exhibition match to reigning French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor and Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be".

The world number 22 said: "My coach and team always said "only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way".

"After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times".

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On Thursday, Britain's Andy Murray pulled out of the tournament, which starts on 15 January.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor had a forgetful 2017 season.

Serena Williams of United States looks on during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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

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.

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

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