Serena Williams’ US Open preparations begin in Florida before heading to Toronto and Cincinnati before ending up at Flushing Meadows

Later this autumn Serena Williams will be heading down to Flushing Meadows to try and win a 7th US Open title, her first since 2014 and her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Despite being out of action for a year and losing in round one of Wimbledon the signs were good from the 7 time former Wimbledon champion as she continues her comeback to tennis following injury and speculation will grow as to whether this is her final farewell.

Florida First

Serena is at home in Florida getting some good practice in on the hard courts ahead of her trips to Toronto and Cincinnati which she has entered.

All preparations are leading up to the US Open and these could not be more realistic than actually being on site at Flushing Meadows with Serena practicing at home on a US Open court which her husband Alexis built during Covid using the official surface of that used at the US Open.

Toronto & Cincinnati

Across both events Serena is a 5 time champion (3 Rogers Cup and 2 Cincinnati titles). The American hasn’t played at the Rogers Cup in either Toronto or Montreal since she had to retire injured in the final against Bianca Andreescu.

In regards to Cincinnati she did last play in 2020 when it was held at Flushing Meadows and lost in the third round to Maria Sakkari in three sets.

These events will provide key warm up opportunities for Serena something she didn’t have in singles leading up to Wimbledon but did get some match time with Ons Jabeur in the doubles at Eastbourne.

Final Stop – New York

All roads lead to New York and in traditional Serena fashion of recent years gone by this will be the final calling point in her year. It is the site of soo much triumph, heartbreak and controversy.

The question will be, is this not just the final calling point in her year but the final one in her career? Could Serena and Venus go out where it all began? I hope not but this day gets closer by the days.

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