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Serena Williams Will Not Play In The 2018 Australian Open

Fans of tennis superstar Serena Williams were gearing up for her big comeback to the sport later this month, but they’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

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Per ESPN, Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Australian Open, the tournament which she won last year while two months pregnant. Her decision comes after a recent loss at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where she lost to Jelena Ostapenko.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement. “My coach and team always said, ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete, but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.”

The 2018 Australian Open comes just four months after the 36-year-old gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia, with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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We’re looking forward to her official return the court.

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