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Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

Serena Williams at the Australian Open 2015 Photo: Tourism Victoria

Serena Williams said she will not be playing in next month’s Australian Open tournament because she is not where she needs to be physically.

“Following the advice of my medical team, I have decided to withdraw from this year’s Australian Open,” Serena Williams said in a statement.

“While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete,” Williams said.

“Melbourne is one of my favourite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at the AO every year. I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level.”

The Australian Open tweeted support for the tennis legend, writing … “All our love, @serenawilliams. Come back stronger 💪 #AusOpen.”

Serena has won the tournament seven times.