Ser­ena Wil­liams with­draws from Aus­tralian Open

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Ser­ena Wil­liams yes­ter­day joined the gal­axy of ten­nis stars who have with­drawn from the Aus­tralian Open, which starts on Jan­uary 15th.

The Amer­i­can – who won the ti­tle last year when seven weeks preg­nant – is within one ti­tle of pass­ing Mar­garet Court’s all-time grand slam tally of 24, but felt she was not ready to re­turn to the Tour af­ter a long ab­sence.

Just 24 hours af­ter Andy Mur­ray bowed to the in­evitable and pulled out to re­turn to the UK and seek more med­i­cal help on his in­jured right hip, the best player in the women’s game de­cided her prepa­ra­tions had fallen just short of what she needed to be com­pet­i­tive.

Kei Nishikori also with­drew this week, and there are lin­ger­ing doubts over No­vak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal.

“Af­ter com­pet­ing in Abu Dhabi I re­alised that, al­though I am su­per-close, I’m not where I per­son­ally want to be,” Wil­liams said. – Guardian

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