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Serena Williams: All of 2020 deserves asterisk, not just U.S. Open

Serena Williams: All of 2020 deserves asterisk, not just U.S. Open 1

Serena Williams believes the whole year of 2020 should have an asterisk as she sets her sights on a record-equaling grand slam title at the U.S. Open.

Williams is still seeking to move level with Margaret Court by winning her 24th major, though her hopes of doing so were hit by the WTA Tour’s coronavirus-enforced stoppage and the cancellation of Wimbledon, where she has prevailed seven times.

The 38-year-old made her return to action at the Top Seed Open this month, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Shelby Rogers.

Williams has lost her past four grand slam finals, including last year’s showpiece at Flushing Meadows to Bianca Andreescu.

Andreescu will not defend her title at this year’s event, however; the Canadian is one of six members of the WTA’s top 10 who elected not to enter the U.S. Open bubble and withdrew from the tournament. 

Williams was asked in a media conference ahead of the Western & Southern Open, which is taking place in the bubble rather than its usual location, Cincinnati, if the absence of Simona Halep and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty meant this year’s U.S. Open deserved an asterisk.

She replied: “I don’t really think about it too much. I just feel like I’m here, and there is a lot of people that are here, and there is a tremendous amount of people that aren’t here as well.

“It still has to be tennis that’s played, asterisks or not. I think this whole year deserves an asterisk, because it’s such a special year, history we have never been through in this world, to be honest — not this generation, not this lifetime. It’s just in history, period.

“We are living a future history lesson. So I think, regardless, there is always going to be some asterisk by it, because it’s never been done before.

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“And if you win, it was, like, ‘Wow, I was able to win in this crazy circumstance where there was no fans. It was just so sterile and weird. But I mentally came through.’ It might be a more mental test than anything.

“But it’s interesting, and we will see. I don’t think it really matters.”

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