Serena Williams announced this past Thursday that she won’t defend her Australian Open title. The veteran and 23-time Grand Slam winner delivered her message via Snapchat. Williams is working on returning to championship court-form five months after she gave birth to her first child. Odds to Win 2018 Australian Open: Serena withdraws.
The Australian Open begins January 15. The Grand Slam runs for 14 days with the women’s final played on the 27th of January and the men’s final on the 28th of January. Williams’ victory last year was her seventh Aussie title in Melbourne and her last Grand Slam victory before taking a leave of absence due to her pregnancy.
Men’s top ranked players: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.
Women’s top ranked player: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
The 2017 Australian Open saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal square off in the tournament final. Federer outlasted Nadal for the men’s title.
In the women’s draw the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus) took center court for the finals with Serena winning in straight sets to earn her 7th Australian Open and her 23rd career grand slam.
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Odds to Win 2018 Australian Open: Serena withdraws