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Serena Williams yesterday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts on January 15th.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