Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Tennis champion and new mom, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne.

Serena Williams

She said she’s not quite ready to compete on a tournament level after just giving birth on September 1, 2017 to her beautiful daughter.

“I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

“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.”

The 36-year-old American last week lost her first match, losing 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to Latvian Jelena Ostanpenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

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