Serena Williams will not be defending her Australian Open title at this year's tournament. Tiley further pointed out that Serena always want to give her absolute best and that she doesn't head into any event just to compete.
"After competing in Abu Dhabi, I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said on Friday. However, following that she stayed away from the game for the rest of the year before giving birth to a baby girl.
Williams played in an exhibition tournament last weekend in Abu Dhabi to test her match condition, and indicated after her loss to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko that she might not travel to Melbourne. The 36-year-old went on to win the tournament, defeating her sister in the final, before taking the remainder of the year off. She won in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017.
Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the January 15-28 Australian Open.
She continued, "With that being said I am disappointed to say I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year". The 12-time Grand Slam victor will also play the Tie Break Tens at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10 in the evening, joining Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt in the field.
Williams began last year's Australian Open one week after learning she was pregnant.
"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 eleventh hour to make her final decision".