Serena pulls out of Australian Open

Serena pulls out of Australian Open

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

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.

"I can speak - but I just don't want to speak, I want to do more".

"We all wish her the very best and I look forward to seeing her back on court this year, and can't wait to welcome her back to the Australian Open in 2019".

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tournament, saying she's not ready to return to competitive tennis.

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Williams, who only returned to the sport last week since giving birth in September, said although she was super close to full form, she was not yet where she wants to be.

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

Williams Jr your refusal performances on the first season of the tournament series Grand slam. "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year", she said. "It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete, she wants to give herself the best chance to win".

On Thursday, men's world number 22 Kei Nishikori withdrew because of a wrist injury. There is also uncertainty over whether former champions Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal, the latter of which arrived in Melbourne earlier on Friday, will be fit to take to the court. She played an exhibition match against Latvian player Jelena Ostapenko at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Pictured: Williams at 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.

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