Serena Williams handed tough path to US Open final

Serena Williams

Williams, who will try to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles when she competes at the Aug.27-Sept.9 US Open in NY, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete, according to Forbes.

"I'm still at the very beginning, this is a long comeback", she defiantly told reporters after a second-round loss to Petra Kvitova - victor of five titles this year - in the second round at Cincinnati."I just began, I just started", Williams said.

Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open.

While the list is headed by tennis legend Serena Williams, the surprise was Sindhu pipping tennis's current World No. 1 Simona Halep and German Angelique Kerber, victor of three Grand Slam singles titles including Wimbledon 2018. "I'm definitely at the very, very beginning".

The Williams Sisters also ranked Nos.

Williams, 36, has had a roller coaster return to tennis since the birth of her daughter.

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"I have been through a lot of stuff in my life, but I have never been through this", Williams said. "Having a baby and feeling with the emotions and the ups and downs and the fears and the excitement", she added.

Serena, a six-times champion in NY who is seeded 17th, will start her campaign against Polish world number 60 Magda Linette and could face Venus in the third round before a possible fourth-round showdown with Romanian top seed Halep. "That's why now she's able to turn matches around, where as once upon a time they used to slip away pretty quickly".

And guess who she bumped into in NY on Wednesday?

Top seed Halep faces Estonia's Kaia Kanepi while Danish world number two Caroline Wozniacki meets former U.S. Open victor Samantha Stosur of Australia in the first round, with another champion, Russia's 2004 victor Svetlana Kuznetsova, drawn against 16th-seeded Venus in her opener.

Williams is a six-time U.S. Open champion, with her last victory coming in 2014.

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