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Serena Williams’ US Open hopes it gets a boost when Bianca Andreescu confirms she won’t defend her title

Serena Williams’ US Open hopes to get a boost after Bianca Andreescu confirms she won’t defend her title over Covid-19 concerns while world No. 1 Ash Barty will also be missing

  • Serena Williams’ chances of winning the US Open have been boosted
  • Defending champion Bianca Andreescu will not participate due to concerns about Covid
  • World No. 1 Ash Barty will also miss the tournament at Flushing Meadows
  • The men’s competition will be without the reigning champion Rafael Nadal

It wasn’t just her sister Venus’ defeat last night that Serena Williams hoped to win the upcoming US Open.

As she completed a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over her 40-year-old sibling on the court, news came that Flushing Meadows defending champion Bianca Andreescu would not be defending her title.

The Canadian cited Covid concerns and a lack of match fitness – even though she’s only played two tournaments since beating Serena in last year’s final in New York.

Serena Williams' chances of winning the US Open have been given a big boost

Serena Williams’ chances of winning the US Open have been given a big boost

Last year's winner Bianca Andreescu will not defend her title due to concerns about Covid-19

Last year's winner Bianca Andreescu will not defend her title due to concerns about Covid-19

Last year’s winner Bianca Andreescu will not defend her title due to concerns about Covid-19

Her withdrawal means that both reigning singles champions will not play – Rafael Nadal is the other – and is just the final blow to the women’s event, which will also be without world No.1 Ash Barty.

The younger Williams was far from her best as she struggled to get off Venus in the second round of the WTA event in Lexington, Kentucky.

She had to come back from 2-4 in the final set in what was their 31st and strangest meeting as there was no crowd. That she managed to play strong under pressure should bolster her confidence for New York.

World No. 1 Ash Barty will also not participate in the competition at Flushing Meadows

World No. 1 Ash Barty will also not participate in the competition at Flushing Meadows

World No. 1 Ash Barty will also not participate in the competition at Flushing Meadows

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