All the preliminaries are over. Next up for Serena Williams is a shot at tennis history. With her title at the 2015 Western & Southern Open now behind her, she turns her attention to Flushing Meadows and the US Open. Win there, and she captures the calendar year Grand Slam. It won’t be easy. The pressure on her shoulders will likely be greater than it has ever been. And the competition will not just roll over and capitulate. She lost at Rogers Cup to eventual champion Belinda Bencic. Even in winning Cincinnati, she was given a test by Simona Halep, who will be the #2 seed at the US Open. Williams did win the Western & Southern final in straight sets, but it was a tough 6-3 7-6 (5) match where Simona had her chances in the second set to extend Serena the distance. Speaking of Simona, has played a lot of tennis the past couple of weeks, reaching the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern finals. She was scheduled to play in New Haven next week before the US Open, but pulled out with a leg injury. Her leg might be a little tweaked, but rest assured that is tennis talk for “I’m tired and need to be ready for the Major. No need to burn myself out playing too much beforehand.” And while they probably are disappointed at the Connecticut Open, I wholeheartedly agree with Simona’s decision. Take the rest before the Open.
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1 SERENA WILLIAMS (won 6-3 7-6 (5) vs 3 Simona Halep)