Tennis superstar new mom, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the Australian Open days after losing her first tennis match since giving birth to her daughter.
Serena Williams made the announcement on Thursday that she won’t be defending her Australian Open title… saying she’s not quite ready to compete on a tournament level after just giving birth on September 1, 2017 to her beautiful daughter.
The Grand Slam champ has been given a wild card to the tournament in Melbourne that kicks off on Monday.
The 36-year-old had stated previously that it was her intention to resume her pro career at the event three months after becoming a mother.
However, in a message to fans shared via Snapchat, Serena explained: ‘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.’
‘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 to not to compete in The Australian Open this year.’
She went on: ‘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.’
Following her defeat in the exhibition match at the weekend, the tennis star said she wasn’t going to rate her performance in the widely anticipated ‘comeback’ match.
“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance. I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”
She did admit, however, to thinking about little Olympia during the match.
On court, she said: ‘Motherhood is phenomenal. I was a little worried out there and I looked at my camp and I was like ‘Is Olympia OK?”
‘First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby but it was great. I’m glad I could do it here.’
”I don’t know if I am totally ready to come back on the tour yet. I know that when I come back I definitely want to be competing for championships,” Williams said.
“I am definitely looking forward to getting back out there. I am taking it one day at a time. I am going to assess everything with my team before deciding.”
Serena had struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but the American still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.
She then said she appreciated the understanding and support of her fans as she takes this decision.
Serena won the competition last year when pregnant with her daughter and after taking the title; she took time off to focus on her pregnancy.
The tennis pro welcomed her first child Alexis Olympia Ohanian on September 1.
She then tied the knot with her baby’s father, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in a lavish star-studded ceremony on November 16 in New Orleans.