Reigning champion Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

05 January, 2018, 15:22 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Reigning champion Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

"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", she added.

Organisers of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year have announced that those players that are injured and want to withdraw from the Australian Open can compete by playing as their virtual versions on PlayStarion or Xbox games.

"After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments", said a statement on Djokovic's website. This was her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, surpassing Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22. Her decision comes after a recent loss at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, where she lost to Jelena Ostapenko.

Serena will sit one out, but is promising to return in future.

"Tournament director Craig Tiley said Serena Williams waited as long as she could before letting organizers know she wouldn't be able to compete".

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"I can compete - but I don't want to just compete".

Six-time Australian Open victor Djokovic still remains highly doubtful for the Australian Open but will be travelling to Australia to compete in the Tie Break Tens at the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10.

Other star players, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Serena will lose the 2,000 points earned winning last year's final over her sister Venus, which means she won't have any WTA ranking point by January 29.

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