New York, August 22
Serena Williams believes the withdrawal of among the world’s prime tennis gamers from this yr’s US Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic is not going to take the shine off a possible record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title for her.
Six of the top-10 girls’s gamers, together with defending champion Bianca Andreescu and world No. 1 Ash Barty, have dropped out of the August 31-September 13 US Open, boosting Williams’ likelihood of profitable the key for the primary time since 2014.
“It still has to be tennis that’s played, asterisks or not,” the six-time US Open champion advised reporters on Friday. “I think this whole year deserves an asterisk because it’s such a special year – a history we have never been through in this world.”
“I feel we live a future historical past lesson. I feel regardless, there may be all the time going to be some asterisk by it as a result of it is by no means been executed earlier than,” she stated.
“If you win, it was, like, wow, I was able to win in this crazy circumstance where there were no fans. It was just so sterile and weird, but I mentally came through. It might be a more mental test than anything.”
Williams, who has a historical past of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, stated she had considerations over travelling to New York and resides in a rented home as a substitute of the official gamers’ resort as a precaution.
“I have health issues and I don’t necessarily want to get sick, and if I do, I want the good version,” she stated.
“I didn’t want to be in the hotel because I have lung issues and felt it was a big risk for me personally. In a house, I can control more. I needed to put my mind at rest so that I could perform.” Reuters