Australian Open 2018: Serena Williams Withdraws From Tournament

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The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child in September 2017, two months before marrying Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian. "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 added.

Last year, the star athlete won her seventh Australian Open - while eight weeks pregnant, thank you very much.

"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". However, following that she stayed away from the game for the rest of the year before giving birth to a baby girl. In Abu Dhabi, Williams was clearly sluggish and had problems with her serve.

Fans of tennis superstar Serena Williams were gearing up for her big comeback to the sport later this month, but they're going to have to wait a bit longer.

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Six-time Australian Open victor Djokovic still remains highly doubtful for the Australian Open but will be travelling to Australia to compete in the Tie Break Tens at the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10.

Stan Wawrinka: the 2014 Open champion also hasn't been sighted in six months as he battles a knee injury that will restrict his build-up to next week's one- night Tie Break Tens.

"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 11th hour to make her final decision", he said.

Latvian trailblazer Ostapenko in Paris and American Sloane Stephens at the US Open both won their first majors past year while Williams was sidelined. "There are a couple of exhibition events down there that she may choose to play in". No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki are bidding to win their first Grand Slam singles titles.

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