Serena Williams withdraws from the 2018 Australian Open

  • Serena Williams withdraws from the 2018 Australian Open

Serena Williams withdraws from the 2018 Australian Open

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, says that left Williams with insufficient time to prepare for the Australian Open, with the 23-time Grand Slam champion expected to compete at Indian Wells and Miami, in March.

"After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I'm not where I personally want to be. I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time".

Serena Williams' return to the tennis spotlight will be put on hold after the 23-time major victor withdrew from the 2018 Australian Open.

Williams was pregnant with her first child when she won last year's tournament at Melbourne Park, the 23rd Grand Slam singles title of her career.

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me and Olympia and I look forward to coming back". 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. It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete".

The upcoming Australian Open women's draw won't include the defending champion. Murray has returned home after failing to recover from a hip injury sustained past year, while Nishikori has been on the sidelines since August due to a torn tendon in his right wrist.

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. However, following that she stayed away from the game for the rest of the year before giving birth to a baby girl.

Sydney International will boast the other three 2017 grand slam winners in Jelena Ostapenko (French Open), Garbine Muguruza (Wimbledon) and Sloane Stephens (US Open).