New-Mum Serena Williams Has Withdrawn From Australian Open
It seems Serena Williams' tennis comeback has been postponed after the new mum officially withdrew from the Australian Open today.
The tennis superstar tested her fitness and form in a test match in Abu Dhabi last week which ultimately led to the decision.
"After performing in my first match after giving birth I realised that although I am super close I'm not where I personally want to be," Williams said.
“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.
“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 memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again.
“I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”
The 36-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Olympia in September last year was quick to hush critics.
"I've won 23 grand slam singles titles and I don't know how many other titles," she said.
"I don't have anything to prove. I just want to go out there and play. I'm not done yet."