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Serena Williams reveals real reason for pulling out of the Australian Open

Serena Williams reveals real reason for pulling out of the Australian Open

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor and Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be". She remained hopeful of making a return to Australia and defend her title but admitted that it's a tough task and therefore, chose to walk out.

Serena Williams' coach has backed her decision to miss the Australian Open after admitting she wasn't yet ready to compete.

With Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and defending champion Serena Williams already pulling out, Australian Open organisers will be desperate for Nadal and Djokovic to be passed fit for the event.

But on Friday morning the former world number one said she was withdrawing from the tournament, which starts on January 15. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open", she added.

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The Air Quality Index (AQI) at Delhi's Shadipur was recorded at 332, and Siri Fort at 388 - both in the "hazardous" category. Many tweeted photos of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and staircases.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor defeated her sister Venus in last year's Australian Open 6-4 6-4 and had a second consecutive title in her sights when the tournament started later this month.

After 11 months off, Williams was defeated 10-5 in a supertiebreaker after she split the first two sets with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life and consistently gives her all in everything she does". "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".

The 12-time Grand Slam victor had a forgetful 2017 season. There is no word yet on when she will be, but Miami in March may be a good bet.


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