After winning the Australian Open last year while pregnant, Serena Williams has made the decision that neither she or her 4-month-old daughter, Alexis Olympia, will be there to defend her title this year.
Just 12 days before the start of the tournament, the 36-year-old tennis star announced she was withdrawing from the competition this year.
“After performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” she wrote on Snapchat.
“My coach and team always said ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ With that being said I am disappointed to say I’ve decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year,” she said.
In April, the 23rd Grand Slam singles winner shared that she and her husband Alexis Ohanian were expecting their first child, sharing that she was 20 weeks into her pregnancy. After some quick math, people realized that she was about eight weeks pregnant when she won her seventh Australian Open title last January.
Unfortunately for Williams after having her daughter, she wasn't the same on the court.