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Serena Williams Pulls Out Of The Australian Open … Is Mommy Guilt To Blame?

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Serena Williams is probably as close to a real life superhero we may ever see — but even Superwoman has to take off her cape sometimes. And that time may have come for the tennis champ … albeit, temporarily.

Williams has just announced that she will no longer compete in the Australian Open which kicks off January 15th. The same tournament she won last year while pregnant with her daughter, Olympia, who is now 5 months old. Her announcement read:

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year. 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 appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

While Serena admits she’s not in championship form just yet, could her delayed return to the court be about more than just tennis? Her baby girl is still so small and returning to work after having a little one is extremely difficult for most moms — maybe even Serena.

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