Serena Williams took to social media yesterday to reveal that she has decided to pull out of the Australian Open following her first pregnancy. The tennis champion stated that she realized she was not yet where she’d like to be and therefore not ready for such a prestigious competition.
‘After performing my very first match after giving birth, I realized that although I’m super close, I am not where I personally would want to be,’ the sportswoman wrote on Snapchat.
As you might be aware, in the year that just passed, Serena famously managed to win her seventh Australian Open while expecting her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.!
‘The memory of last year’s Australian Open is one I’ll carry with me and Olympia, and I look forward to coming back. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everybody at the Australian Open.’
Even though people might be a little disappointed that they will not be able to watch the champion play at the sports event, we have learned that she’s not the only tennis player to miss this year’s big match.
British tennis pro Andy Murray’s also opted out following an ongoing hip injury.
Serena Williams’ very first match after she gave birth took place back in December of 2017.
Sadly, she ended up losing in front of Jelena Ostapenko 10 to 5, and she must’ve realized she was not ready for a bigger tennis event so soon after her pregnancy.
Are you disappointed Serena Williams is not going to be on the court at this year’s Australian Open?