Serena Williams Will Not Play In The 2018 Australian Open

Reigning champion Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

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Serena Williams won't be defending her Australian Open title after the American withdrew from the first grand slam of the 2018 season, saying she needs "more time" after giving birth past year.

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".

"I can compete - but I don't want to just compete".

Tennis star Serena Williams has just announced her withdrawal from the 2018 Australian Open.

Williams was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017. "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".

Williams' absence, while disappointing for fans and officials, raises the prospect of another first-time grand slam victor making their mark in Melbourne.

Williams' scratching comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men's event with a chronic hip injury.

Serb Novak Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, may also miss out with an elbow injury.

She'll always be a champion! "She wants to give herself the best chance to win", Tiley said.

Tennis champion Serena Williams gave birth to her first child last September and says she's not yet ready to compete.

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.

Meanwhile, Tie Break Tens is scheduled to see the return of other injury affected stars in World No 1 Rafa Nadal and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka.

Sydney International will boast the other three 2017 grand slam winners in Jelena Ostapenko (French Open), Garbine Muguruza (Wimbledon) and Sloane Stephens (US Open). "There are a couple of exhibition events down there that she may choose to play in".

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