As previously reported in Daily Tennis News, Williams has also withdrawn from the year- opening Hopman Cup in Perth and the former world no.1’s next projected comeback date would appear to be the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami in March.
"As I continue to rehabilitate my foot after the second surgery last month, it is with the utmost regret that I am withdrawing from the Hopman Cup and the 2011 Australian Open Championships," said Serena who initially received the injury treading on broken glass in a Munich bar.
"As I recently learned, pushing myself back into my intense training too early only caused me further injury and damage.”
There have been a series of projected comeback dates that have been aborted and recently Serena was photographed at a Miami Dolphins football game again wearing a surgical boot to protect the foot.
Williams reportedly suffered "further injury and damage" after returning to intense training following the second operation on her foot in October. She continued: "While I desperately want to be back on the court and competing in the first grand slam tournament of the year, it is imperative for my health that I continue to work with my doctors to ensure my foot heals properly.
"This decision, though heavy on my heart, is the right one. I am praying for a healthy recovery and I promise my Aussie fans and my fans around the world that I will be back better than ever as soon as I can be."