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Injured players can compete through their PlayStation versions, Australian Open announces

Injured players can compete through their PlayStation versions, Australian Open announces

Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, says that left Williams with insufficient time to prepare for the Australian Open, with the 23-time Grand Slam champion expected to compete at Indian Wells and Miami, in March.

The 36-year-old was eight weeks pregnant last year when she triumphed for a seventh time at Melbourne Park to claim an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title and then took the rest of the year off before giving birth to a daughter. However, 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.

"I can compete - but I don't want to just 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.

Reigning champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

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Williams' scratching comes less than 24 hours after fellow former world No.1 Andy Murray withdrew from the men's event with a chronic hip injury.

It is the first time since 2011 that Williams has missed the tournament.

Lawrence Robertson, the tournament director, revealed that representatives from the tournament had been speaking to Williams' and her team for about three months about potentially playing in the tournament, though the American confirmed to the tournament earlier today she would not be in action. She remained hopeful of making a return to Australia and defend her title but admitted that it's a tough task and therefore, chose to walk out.

He was upset in Round Two of the Australian Open by Uzbekistani Denis Istomin, ranked 117th in the world at the time, and also lost in the Quarter Finals of the French Open to Dominic Thiem.


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