Serena Williams has decided to retire from this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne.
The former world number one played his first match since his birth in September last week.
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and reigning Australian Open champion, said: “Even though I’m super close, I’m not where I want to be.”
On January 4, Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament, which begins on January 15.
Serena Williams, 36, was eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia when she won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017.
The present world № 22 said: “My coach and team always said ‘go to tournaments only when you’re ready to go all the way.’
“I can compete – but I don’t just want to compete, I want to do far better than that and it will take me a little longer.
“The memory of last year’s Open is the one I will carry with me and with Olympia we expect to return again.”
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Australian Open tournament director Craig Tilly said: “I was in constant contact with Serena and her team and I know that’s why she pushed him and pushed him until 11 o’clock to make his final decision.
“Serena transcends sports in the way she approaches all aspects of her life. She would never be good enough to just compete. “
Serena Williams lost a show competition against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi on December 30, 2017 in her first match since giving birth in September.
This is the first time since 2011 that Serena Williams has missed the tournament.
On January 4, men’s world number 4 Kay Nishikori retired due to a wrist injury.
There are also doubts in the gym of No. 1 Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who won the title in 2014.
Novak Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, may also miss an elbow injury.