After receiving a wild card, Serena Williams will compete in doubles alongside sister Venus at the U.S. Open.
The Williams sisters have a remarkable record, having triumphed in each of their 14 grand slam doubles final appearances. They last competed against each other at Wimbledon in 2016, and it has been four years since their previous grand slam match.
The tournament will be dominated by Serena Williams‘ farewell for as long as she competes, but it appears to be another competitive women’s singles event.
The 24-year-old has had a difficult year because she stopped competing after the U.S. Open in 2017. This season, she has battled with her form and conditioning because she had prioritized her mental health.
She was unable to compete at Wimbledon due to a problematic Achilles injury, and two weeks ago in Toronto, she withdrew from her match during the first round due to a back condition.
Osaka said she enters the U.S. Open with low confidence because she has only won one match since April.
“I feel like I would have lied and claimed that I was truly at ease a day or two ago. However, I genuinely felt a lot of anxiety when I practiced today. Osaka said at a news conference in New York, “I guess it’s because I really want to do well since I feel I haven’t been doing well lately. “It’s hard. Of course, you don’t want to drop a Slam match in the opening round. I think I perform fairly well here every time. Although it lessens some of the pressure I feel, there will still be pressure.
“I think I’m going to play a really tough opponent, so that adds a little bit extra,” she continued. “I’m simply trying to have fun while I’m here.”
Osaka, who is currently ranked 44, will play Australian Open champion Danielle Collins in the first round on Tuesday.