In the United States and the Czech Republic will be two tournament category WTA International with very strong members. Fans of the Russian tennis players will also be one to follow. But the main character will undoubtedly be American Serena Williams.
American Serena Williams really wants to win the US Open in 2020 and add to his piggy Bank cherished the 24th title in the “Slam”. To that end, she showed up at his first tournament after quarantine, held in USA in Lexington. This competition refers to the lower category of WTA – International. As admitted Serena, she hardly got out of the personal “bubble”, which was already used to being five months into the quarantine: “I became a recluse, never leave the house comply with the social distance. Since the beginning of March I try with no one to contact. I have lung problems so I don’t know what could happen to me and find out don’t want it”. Recall that in 2011, Serena Williams was urgently operated about pulmonary embolism. And the coronavirus, as it is known, has a negative effect primarily on the lungs.
Despite fears for his life, Serena is preparing to play in three tournaments in the United States – in Lexington, to Cincinnati, which moved to new York at the US Open. To protect yourself and your team, the American took harsh measures: “I carried with me 50 pieces of masks and constantly change them. It is important that people around me were protected. Of course, again, to play tennis in the tournaments is great, but life and health is more important”.
Before starting a new tournament in Lexington (Kentucky) Serena held a new press conference. She was in the press room all alone in front of a microphone and a camera, and journalists online asked her questions. First and foremost, all interested in how the player prepared for the competition during the quarantine. “I have a home built court. Wonder why I did even 20 years ago. Even me came the other players, because I have coverage from the US Open. But of course, I only invite those who are watching for their safety. Soon I equip your gym. And while I had to postpone classes at the gym. I don’t think it affected my muscle tone. It is given by God, thanks also to my mom,” said Serena and kissed my bicep.
To help Serena from France to Lexington rushed her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The coach of the American women on his page on Instagram posted a video with the episode of the workout, Williams commented: “First practice in Lexington. The session began with good intensity, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, forcing her to miss the last blow.”
Video can be viewed on the page Patrick Mouratoglou in Instagram.
The group participating in the tournament in Lexington were very strong. Besides Serena, who is seeded under the first number, it will play American Amanda Anisimova (4), Sloane Stephens (7), Corey gauff are, Bernard Feather, the elder sister of Serena – Venus Williams, the girls Arina Sobolenko (2) and Victoria Azarenka, a Brit, Johanna konta (3) and Heather Watson, Yulia Putintseva (5), representing Kazakhstan, the Russian Anna Blinkova and Vera Zvonareva (WC). Two more representatives of Russia – Margarita Gasparyan and Anna Kalinskaya – began to struggle in the qualifier. Interestingly, in the first round, Venus Williams will play Victoria Azarenka in the case of victory in the second round to meet her sister Serena.
In parallel this week in Prague will host the tournament of the same category with the same decent members. The net topped second racket of the world – Simona Halep from Romania. In the Czech Republic showed more of the Russians than in Lexington, — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ekaterina Alexandrova, Veronica Kudermetova and Gracheva Varvara. Was supposed to play in the first round with Alexandrova Daria Kasatkina, but she injured her leg in Palermo and was forced to withdraw from the race.
The first official WTA tournament after a five-month quarantine was held in Palermo, Sicily (Italy). In the final of the French Fiona ferro won against the Estonian Anette Kontaveit.