Serena Williams will have her work cut out for her when the Toronto Open begins next week as the 23-time Grand Slam champion begins her hardcourt preparations for the upcoming US Open.
If Williams can get past a qualifier in her first-round match, she will face Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic or tough veteran and former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
Williams’ cheeky quarter of the draw released on Friday also includes current world number one Iga Swiatek, four-time major champion Naomi Osaka, and Canadian teen sensation Leylah Fernandez.
A three-time winner of the event and a finalist as recently as 2019, she will be unseeded this time around.
The American, who turns 41 next month, returned to action after a year away from the court at Wimbledon in June, where she suffered her second straight first-round exit at the grass-court major that she has won seven times.
The main draw of the National Bank Open in Toronto begins on August 15 and Williams is then expected to compete in the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati before heading to New York for the US Open, which starts on the 29 August.
Serena Williams faces tough draw in first US Open tune-up event – SABC News
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