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Serena Williams will not compete in the Australian Open next month because she is not physically well enough, according to the tennis G.O.A.T. “not where she needs to be physically.
“Following the advice of my medical team, I have decided to withdraw from this year’s Australian Open,” Williams said in a statement. “While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete,” Williams said.
“Melbourne is one of my favorite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at the AO every year. I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level.”
The Australian Open, one of sport’s four major tournaments, takes place in Melbourne Park in late January.
Serena has won the tournament a total of seven times. Serena’s latest admission comes just months after she pulled out of the US Open to recover from a hamstring ailment she suffered at Wimbledon.
Williams, who has the most grand slam titles (23) of any active player, needs one more win to tie Margaret Court’s record (24) … and two more to pass her.
Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah