After WTA world no.1 Ashleigh Barty and China’s first racket Qiang Wang both withdrew from this year’s US Open edition, the 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko stated that any of the American tournaments are out of the picture for her.
"I like to spend time at home, live a normal life," Jelena told the Latvian press after the exhibition that took place at the very end of July. "There are different rules in different countries. In Europe, the rules have been stricter, but the US girls have been training all the time.
If it is not canceled, the first tournament will be in Palermo. Then, my plans are to participate in Prague. America is not in my plans yet [this year] because driving there is too dangerous. "
Ostapenko: “I want this year to pass sooner”
Ostapenko has difficulties in finding motivation during the pandemic, so she pointed out that she wants the current year to end as soon as possible.
"If there was clarity, then we would know what to prepare for. I want this year to pass sooner. It happens that tournaments are planned and start preparing, but then suddenly information that the tournament will not take place comes in.
I still doubt that the "US Open" and other big tournaments will take place…”, said Ostapenko. Nevertheless, the former French Open winner enjoyed some time on the tennis court during an international exhibition played in Tallinn, the Merko Cup.
Unfortunately, her Latvian team lost against the Estonian esquadrile that squeezed a 6-5 victory. The format featured two women's singles and two men's singles contests on each day, along with a men's doubles match on the first day and a women's doubles and deciding mixed doubles on the second day.
The Estonian team was formed by Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit on the feminine side, and of Jurgen Zopp and Vladimir Ivanov on the masculine side. On the other side, the Latvian side had Ostapenko, Anastasia Sevastova, Karlis Ozolins, and Ernests Gulbis.
Ostapenko is the current world number 41 in the WTA rankings and we should be able to see her in Palermo flashing her powerful shots on the courts.