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Not 'personally' ready to return to tournament tennis yet — Serena Williams

Serena Williams won't be competing in Australia Not 'personally' ready to return to tournament tennis yet — Serena Williams
Alejandro Castrejon | Enero 13, 2018, 05:05

"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.

The seven-time Australian Open champion confirmed Thursday she wouldn't attempt to defend the title she won there last year, saying she wasn't completely sure she could win it.

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams added.

He wrote: "It's quite demoralising that when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level".

This is a good opportunity for him to test his physical condition and realize if he is prepared or not to fight for his seventh title in the first Grand Slam of the year.

Andy Murray is a major doubt after a late withdrawal from the Brisbane International due to his ongoing hip injury. In terms of total years, it was the oldest Grand Slam women's final in the Open era with the Williams sisters combining for 71 years, 11 months.

Djokovic, ranked 12th in the world, will play in the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne and then at the Tie Break Tens tournament at Melbourne Park.

"He wrote in the caption: "#australianopen on my way". "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open".

"We all wish her the very best and I look forward to seeing her back on court this year, and can't wait to welcome her back to the Australian Open in 2019".

Tiley also expressed his admiration for Serena's efforts to return to the game she loves.

"Serena transcends the sport in the way she approaches all aspects of her life and consistently gives her all in everything she does".