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Serena Williams handed tough path to US Open final

Serena Williams handed tough path to US Open final

Williams, who will try to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles when she competes at the US Open in NY starting next week, earned twice as much off the court as any other female athlete.

Australian Open victor Caroline Wozniacki is second, with defending champion Sloane Stephens in third.

But since her impressive run to the Wimbledon final, in which she fell to Angelique Kerber, Williams has endured a lacklustre buildup to the Flushing Meadows hardcourt showpiece which starts on Monday.

Serena Williams, in her first U.S. Open since 2016, got a boost from the USTA in her home grand slam.

Venus, seeded 16th this year, has a first-round matchup against wildcard Svetlana Kuznetsova, a victor in NY in 2004.

The 36-year-old moves from 26th to 17th, knocking numerous rivals - including 2006 victor Maria Sharapova - down a place, as world number one Simona Halep is the top seed.

Men's defending champion Rafael Nadal has avoided the possibility of facing in form Novak Djokovic before the final.

Besides Federer-Djokovic, the other possible men's quarterfinals are Nadal-Anderson, Del Potro-Dimitrov and Zverev-Cilic.

The 23-time grand slam champion made twice as much off the court than any other female athlete, reports CNN, and only 16 male athletes earned more than Williams over the past 12 months from sponsorships.

"We could not be more thrilled to have added Serena Williams to the lineup of influential speakers" said Leslie Stiles, board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

Citi Open champion Alexander Zverev - who is chasing his maiden Grand Slam title - is seeded fourth while British No 1 Kyle Edmund is seeded 16th, following news that he will feature for Team Europe at next month's Laver Cup. She lost last week in Cincinnati in a second-round three-setter to Petra Kvitova.


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