The resumption of tennis after the stop caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic is gradually recovering and, after Fiona Ferro's triumph at the Palermo Ladies Open, this week on the courts Serena Williams at the Lexington Open and Simona Halep at the Prague Open.
Serena Williams, seed no.1 at the Lexington Open, WTA event before the Western and Southern Open and the US Open, won her first round match against Bernarda Pera for 4-6 6-4 6-1. In search of the 74th career title and the second of the season, after the victory in Auckland at the beginning of the year, got after almost three years (last victory was the Australian Open 2017 against her sister Venus, a legendary Slam) Serena's come back to the court is a very positive news for tennis, which is approaching the resumption of official competitions after the stop caused by the global pandemic of Covid-19.
In the second round Serena Williams will meet her sister Venus: it will be the most anticipated match of the tournament and the best possible spot for the resumption of tennis. Victories also for Aryna Sabalenka and Cori Gauff, who they will play the other super match of the second round.
Meanwhile Simona Halep has not yet decided whether to participate in the American Swing in Flushing Meadows, where will be played the Western and Southern Open and then the highly anticipated US Open, due to doubts regarding safety conditions in New York, a city that is facing the health emergency caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Simona, seed no.1 at the Prague Open, WTA event played at the same time as the Lexington Open, won her first round match against Polona Hercog, with the final score of 6-1 1-6 7-6 (3) overcoming the challenge thanks to the tie-break of the decisive set.
In the second round she will face the world no. 118 Barbora Krejcikova. Victories also for Petra Martic, Elise Mrtens, Camila Giorgi and Eugenie Bouchard.
Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open 2020!
Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open 2020.
On his Twitter account the Spanish champion wrote: "After a language of reflection, I decided not to play the US Open this year. The situation in the world is very complicated, the cases of COVID- 19 are increasing and it seems that we are not in control of the situation yet.
We know that this tight schedule is brutal after four months with no games, although I understand and am grateful for the efforts they are making to make everything happen. We have just been informed that Madrid will not be played this year.
I have the utmost respect for the USTA, the organizers of the US Open and the ATP for trying to keep the event going for the players and viewers. This is a decision that I never wanted to make but I decided to follow my heart this time, and for the moment I prefer not to travel."
The defending champion decided to renounce to the Us Open and dedicate himself to the clay court season (with the Internazionali BNL d'Italia and obviously with the Parisian Slam) without forcing the come back on hard-courts.
He will be a luxury absent in New York, along with the number two of the world Roger Federer, whose cause surgery on his right knee will presumably come back to Australian Open next year, and with Gael Monfils to close this particular circle.
The US Open entry list therefore includes Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin, like the mainly stars of the event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The first alternate is Andy Murray, champion of the tournament in two thousand and twelve, who obviously should have no problems entering. The Briton was also awarded a wild card by the organizers of the Western & Southern Open of Cincinnati, this year at Flushing Meadows. In the women's Entry List there are all the Top 10 except for the number one in the world Ashleigh Barty.