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Serena prepares for comeback after pregnancy

Serena prepares for comeback after pregnancy”

In a statement, she released, Williams said, "My coach and team always said "only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way"".

The 23-time Grand Slam victor played her first match since giving birth at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on December 30, losing her exhibition match to reigning French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko.

However, late Thursday afternoon Williams informed them she would not be playing, leaving her comeback plans a mystery.

Sydney has missed out on Williams but will boast the other three 2017 grand slam winners in Jelena Ostapenko (French), Garbine Muguruza (Wimbledon) and Sloane Stephens (US).

But it seems she's forgotten about the last time she played the tournament.

"For the time being she wants to do that outside of the competitive environment".

It's been nearly 20 years since the seven-time Grand Slam champion became runner-up to Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in the 1998 women's singles final.

The 23-grand slam victor has not played in tournaments since winning the Australian Open 11 months ago - a feat even more remarkable given she was already two months pregnant at the time.

The American then took the rest of the year off before giving birth to a daughter in September.

Williams did play an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on December 30, losing 6-2 3-6 10-5 to Ostapenko. The iconic Williams came up a bit short though in the pacing department and often was caught either on the wrong footing or off balanced with the forehand and backhand strokes at times proving effective and oftentimes not causing and hardship on Ostapenko to return and put away.

"I'm in touch every day with her and her management team and she wants desperately to be here", Tiley said. "I missed the crowd and the atmosphere." she admitted to the on-court reporter after her match.

"She has made it very clear to me that this is her favourite event and that's why she will do everything she possibly can to be here. The more I played, the more confident I felt". And when Serena wants something, she normally gets it. If it's not nervousness for being on the court again among a packed house, she wanted to execute shots that were winners against an opponent who played almost stress-free. "With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year", she said.

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