Serena Williams exits Australian Open: 'I'm not where I want to be'

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Winning the French Open would give Williams 24 Grand Slam singles titles, which would tie her with Margaret Court's 24 for the most in tennis history.

"I can speak - but I just don't want to speak, I want to do more".

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me and Olympia and I look forward to coming back".

Serena Williams' decision not to defend her Australian Open title four months after giving birth to her first child had nothing to do with merely being able to play at Melbourne Park. "I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open", said the 36-year-old.

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

Williams Jr your refusal performances on the first season of the tournament series Grand slam.

Serena backed out after pushing her decision to the eleventh hour as she just didn't want to compete but win the tournament. Murray has returned home after failing to recover from a hip injury sustained a year ago, while Nishikori has been on the sidelines since August due to a torn tendon in his right wrist.

Several other stars, including top-ranked Rafael Nadal, six-time champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka, also are dealing with injuries.

Serb Novak Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, may also miss out with an elbow injury.

Read her full Snapchat statement below, as screen grabbed by BBC Tennis.

Ms Williams returned to the court on December 30 at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, where she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 3-6 10-5.

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