Australian Open champion Serena Williams withdraws from tournament
Jan 08, 2018, 02:43
The season's first major starts on January 15 at Melbourne Park and seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will be missing it for the first time since 2011.
Barely ten days to the kick off of this year's Australian Open, defending champion, Serena Williams, has announced her withdrawal from the tournament. Prior to that her last competitive match was at the Australian Open final nearly a year ago, which she won despite being two months pregnant, memorably beating sister Venus in the decider.
The 36-year-old was hoping to return to the court after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September.
The American showed plenty of promise in an exhibition defeat to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi last week.
"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am superclose, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said in a statement released Friday by Australian Open organizers.
Serena Williams will not participate at this year's Australian Open.
Williams might be "super close" but she doesn't yet think she is in championship-winning shape. Williams is the latest big name to withdraw from the year's opening grand slam, with Britain's Andy Murray (hip) and Japan's Kei Nishikori (wrist) having already said they would not compete.
"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".
But Williams said that she would be back at the Australian Open once she was back up to snuff.
"I've been in constant contact with Serena and her team and know this is why she has pushed it and pushed it until the 11th hour to make her final decision", he said. No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki are bidding to win their first Grand Slam singles titles. The former No. 1 hasn't played an official match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam there a year ago beating sister Venus in the final.
But passengers have offered accounts of confusion aboard the plane and allegations that procedures were not clearly communicated. Video footage shows passengers exiting on an emergency slide as flames rose from the tail of the other airplane.
The Bison saw four of their top five running backs get hurt and lost their two starting cornerbacks in the playoffs. Marshall then paraded through a stack off defenders to slip into the end zone and narrow the deficit to 17-13.
The benchmark BSE Sensex closed up 0.54 percent at 34,153.85, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 0.51 percent higher at 10,558.85. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its record-setting run by ending 0.61 per cent higher in Thursday's trade.
As of July, the state had brought in $505 million in cannabis-related taxes and fees since sales officially began in 2014. In a tweet , Gardner threatened to retaliate by blocking confirmation of Sessions' nominees for DOJ positions.
On January 2, the USA president tweeted to say he would be announcing "the most dishonest and corrupt media awards of the year". The president initially said he would be announcing the accolades this Monday, and didn't give a reason for the change.
The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the ship to scour the seabed for the jet. The Malaysian government said it will allow a United States exploration firm to resume the search, Reuters reported.
AFC Wimbledon boss Ardley said: "I think the most exciting thing was when our fans went nuts when we got our first corner". Kieran Trippier released Moussa Sissoko down the right and he pulled back for Kane to bundle home in the 63rd minute.
During that time, they performed rendezvous maneuvers with a pair of Agena target vehicles that were already in orbit. Over the course of his career he flew into space six times in the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.
Nolan also joked about Patriots QB Tom Brady not being smart and that she was on a lot of meds for a head cold. Nolan said that Trump was a "fucking stupid person" on Viceland's " Desus & Mero" talk show on Wednesday.
The transport minister has ruled out any further hike after announcing a 2.44 % hike against the demand for 2.57 %. Over 40 trade unions affiliated to the state transport corporations have made a decision to intensify the protest.
After the revision, consumers will get 126GB data with a daily FUP limit of 1.5GB of data for the same duration of 84 days. Reliance Jio is beginning the New Year by slashing the prices of some of its packs and adding more 4G data to others.
How to Watch Bills vs. Jaguars
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles is capable of winning the game for either team, depending on which version shows on Sunday. But their visit to Pittsburgh in week five gave a first real glimpse of what this Jacksonville team could become.
Sean McDonough emotional after Gruden's last ESPN game
Owner Mark Davis hopes that will all change now that he has finally lured Gruden back for a second stint as the team's coach. The defense struggled mightily before a late-season switch from fired coordinator Ken Norton Jr.to play-caller John Pagano.