Serena Williams plans to mud herself down after the frustration of one other failed try at a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title and proceed her chase at Roland Garros this month. Williams crashed out of the US Open semi-finals on Thursday, blowing a set result in lose in three hard-fought units to former world quantity Victoria Azarenka. “It is clearly disappointing however on the identical time I did what I may in the present day,” a weary-looking Williams advised reporters. “It appears like different occasions I have been shut and I may have executed higher and in the present day I felt like I gave lots,” she added.

It has been greater than three years since Williams received her 23rd singles tennis main title on the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.

The 38-year-old has come shut since, reaching 4 main finals solely to return away empty-handed, and wishes yet one more to match Margaret Court docket’s file of 24.

Many commentators advised that this week at Flushing Meadows introduced her together with her finest alternative attributable to a depleted area brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

A bevy of high gamers, together with world primary Ashleigh Barty, world quantity two Simona Halep and Canadian Bianca Andreescu — who surprised Williams in final yr’s remaining — skipped the occasion due to coronavirus considerations or damage.

A event victory for Williams would even have seen her break free from Chris Evert, on six titles, as essentially the most embellished US Open champion of the ladies’s recreation within the fashionable period.

However Williams fell on the penultimate hurdle to a rejuvenated Azarenka who bounced again from a 6-1 defeat within the first set to take the subsequent two 6-3, 6-3.

It marked the primary time that Williams had misplaced to Azarenka in nearly a dozen Grand Slam matches.

Williams’ presence on the rescheduled French Open, which begins on September 21, had been unsure after she stated earlier this week that she was undecided about whether or not to play.

Williams, who has a historical past of great lung issues, stated she wished to speak to organizers about security protocols after they stated that some spectators can be in attendance.

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After the French Open event director introduced that each one gamers might be housed in two designated motels “with out exception,” Williams added that she had hoped she would have the ability to keep in her Paris residence.

When requested Thursday night time whether or not she would compete for a 3rd title at Roland Garros, she answered: “Yeah, I imply, I am undoubtedly going to be going to Paris.”

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