Tennis champion and new mom, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the Australian Openas reigning champion admits she is no not quite ready to compete on a tournament level after just giving birth on September 1, 2017 to her beautiful daughter.
The defending champion lost her first match on Dec. 30, 2017, losing 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to Latvian Jelena Ostanpenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.
In her post-match comments she said:
“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance. I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”
”I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” Williams said. “I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there. I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”
She confirmed that she would be staying home from the tournament in a Snapchat post on Thursday, saying,
“I’m not where I personally want to be” and that she is “disappointed”to have to make this announcement.
“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.”
“My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.'”
While Williams did not give a return date a possible comeback fixture could be the Miami Open in late March, which is one of her favourite events and within driving distance of her Florida home.
As for the Australian Open, she says she looks forward to coming back and competing another time.
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