The US Open organizers have confirmed they will stage the second Major of the season from August 31, focusing on health issues to reduce the risk of the coronavirus pandemic that has halted the season from March. The WTA season will resume on August 3 in Palermo, with another tournament in the next week and the Western & Southern Open in New York, just before the US Open.
The 23-time Major champion Serena Williams will compete at home Major for the 20th time, seeking that elusive 24th crown and the seventh in New York, the first since 2014. A couple of days ago, it wasn't sure if the leading WTA star would compete in New York due to rules and restrictions, deciding to give it a go and chase the first notable crown since the Australian Open 2017.
Back in May, Serena said she feels better than ever, using a previous couple of months to recover and give her body necessary rest after numerous injuries in the last couple of years and many tournaments she had to skip.
The 38-year-old is eager to get back on the court and compete again, attempting to win that 24th Major crown that she has been seeking since the Australian Open three years ago following the victory over her sister Venus.
Returning after pregnancy in 2018, Williams reached the final at Wimbledon, losing to Angelique Kerber in straight sets and returning into the-30 after kicking off the event ranked 181st.
Serena lost early in San Jose and Cincinnati but saved her best tennis for the home Major in New York where she competed for the crown again, winning just six games against Naomi Osaka for another setback at Majors. Skipping the rest of 2018, Williams played well at Wimbledon, Toronto and New York last year, advancing into three title matches and losing them all to Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu respectively, staying empty-handed and still looking for that 24th Major crown after the third-round exit at the Australian Open this January.
"I really cannot wait to return to New York and play the US Open 2020," she said on Wednesday. "I feel like the USTA is going to do an excellent job of ensuring that everything is amazing, perfect, and that everyone is safe. It's going to be exciting. It's been over six months since a lot of us have played professional tennis."