Serena Williams Withdraws from Australian Open: ‘I’m Not Where we Want to Be’ After Baby’s Birth

Serena Williams was profound when she competed in a Australian Open final year, though this year conjunction she nor 4-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia will be there.

Twelve days before a start a tournament, a tennis star, 36, announced she has cold with a matter common on Snapchat Thursday. Williams was approaching to urge her pretension this month.

“After behaving in my initial compare after giving birth we satisfied that nonetheless we am super tighten I’m not where we privately wish to be,” she wrote.

“My manager and group always pronounced ‘Only go to tournaments when we are prepared to go all a way.’ With that being pronounced we am unhappy to contend I’ve motionless not to contest in The Australian Open this year,” she said.

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On Dec. 30, a contestant faced off opposite French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 20, and was degraded in an muster compare during a Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Williams struggled with her offer in a initial match, Ostapenko trumping her 6-2. She rebounded in a second, winning 3-2, though finished up losing in a super tiebreaker, 10-5, according to a Associated Press.

“However, a memory of final year’s Open is one that we will lift with me and Olympia and we demeanour brazen to entrance behind again. we conclude a support and bargain of my fans and everybody during a Australian Open,” she resolved her statement.

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Back in April, Williams nearly pennyless a Internet with news that she and her now-husband Alexis Ohanian were expecting their initial child, observant that she’s  “20 weeks” along. Fans quickly did a math, and schooled that she would have been about 8 weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles pretension during a Australian Open final January.

Though she mislaid opposite Ostapenko, Williams remained in good spirits.

“It’s good to be behind on a court,” Williams pronounced after a match, ESPN reported. “This was such a good time for me. First matches behind are always super-incredibly hard, generally after carrying a baby. It was great. we was blissful we could do it here.”

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for a tennis superstar, who gave birth in September and tied a knot with Ohanian just dual months later. Their weddings guest enclosed stars like BeyoncéKelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian West.