New mom Serena Williams is taking a temporary break. Four months after giving birth聽to daughter Alexis Olympia, her first child with husband Alexis Ohanian, the athlete has announced that she鈥檚 withdrawing from the upcoming Australian Open.

鈥淎fter performing in my first match after giving birth I realized that although I am super close I鈥檓 not where I personally want to be,鈥 the tennis star shared on Snapchat on Thursday night.

鈥淢y coach and team always said, 鈥極nly go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way,'鈥 Williams continued. 鈥淲ith that being said I am disappointed to say I鈥檝e decided not to compete in The Australian Open this year.鈥

Williams competed in 鈥 and won 鈥 last year鈥檚 Open while four months pregnant. But in her first post-maternity match just days ago, she lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

鈥淭he memory of last year鈥檚 Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again,鈥 Williams concluded her statement. 鈥淚 appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.鈥

Williams and Ohanian have been enjoying life at home with a newborn, frequently sharing photo updates on social media. Of course, it isn鈥檛 an easy ride, and Williams hasn鈥檛 shied away from giving a realistic glimpse into the difficulties of raising an infant. She recently reached out to her Instagram followers for teething advice for her baby daughter.

We wish her all the best in her continued training and look forward to seeing her back on the court!

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