Serena Williams: 'I have lung issues, feeling it was a big risk for me'

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Serena Williams: 'I have lung issues, feeling it was a big risk for me'

The three-time Cincinnati champion Serena Williams is returning to action next week in New York, deciding to enter both events at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Straying in a private home with her family, Serena is taking all the health measures implemented by the organizers in New York, trying to stay safe and avoid any coronavirus issues, like all the time since March.

Due to her lung problems, Serena has to remain focused on tennis and her health over the next three weeks, doing everything right both at home and in the complex. Serena will use Cincinnati to shape her game and prepare for the second Major of the season that will take place on the same site, seeking that elusive 24th title.

Williams was the finalist at the US Open in the previous two years, suffering defeats against young guns Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, hoping to chase the first crown since 2014, and the seventh overall.

Serena Williams will compete in Cincinnati and the US Open.

Serena has played three WTA tournaments in 2020, winning the title in Auckland before heading to Melbourne.

After two dominant wins, Serena lost in the third round at the Australian Open to Qiang Wang after a titanic battle, leading her country in the Fed Cup against Latvia and staying at home ever since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Returning to action two weeks ago in Lexington, Williams took down Bernarda Pera and her sister Venus in three sets before suffering a tight 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 loss to Shelby Rogers in the quarters. Serena will face Arantxa Rus or Alison Van Uytvanck in the first match in Cincinnati.

"I miss the amusement park in Cincinnati. My daughter loves going there, and me too. I don't know if there has been anything too hard to adjust to. I have been really just super careful, not taking any risks. I think the most significant adjustment is the extra testing, but I'm all for the additional testing, actually.

I didn't want to be in the hotel because I have lung issues, so I felt it was actually a big risk for me personally. At my house, I can control more. There is no housekeeping, there is none of that type of stuff. And so, I mean, as much as I want to be here, it's great, but I have genuine health issues that I just really needed to put my mind at rest to even be able to perform in New York.

I want to know where people are going. I want to make sure that we are all keeping ourselves in this giant bubble. Like it's more people now. It's a 128 draw for each, singles, men and women. So it's going to be a lot of people that enter this bubble," Serena Williams said.