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Serena Williams withdraws from tournament

DELAY: Serena Williams (Photo credit: PA)

FOLLOWING HER return to the tennis court with an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, Serena Williams has confirmed that she will withdraw from the Australian Open tournament, which will take place Melbourne.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be."

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: "I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life. It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete."

Williams lost the exhibition contest against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi on 30 December 2017, in her first match since giving birth in September.

It is the first time since 2011 that Williams has missed the tournament.

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