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Serena Williams: ‘I have lung issues, feeling it was a big risk for me’

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The three-time Cincinnati champion Serena Williams is returning to action next week in New York, deciding to enter both events at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Straying in a private home with her family, Serena is taking all the health measures implemented by the organizers in New York, trying to stay safe and avoid any coronavirus issues, like all the time since March.

 

 

 

Due to her lung problems, Serena has to remain focused on tennis and her health over the next three weeks, doing everything right both at home and in the complex. Serena will use Cincinnati to shape her game and prepare for the second Major of the season that will take place on the same site, seeking that elusive 24th title.

 

 

Williams was the finalist at the US Open in the previous two years, suffering defeats against young guns Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, hoping to chase the first crown since 2014, and the seventh overall.


Serena Williams will compete in Cincinnati and the US Open.

Serena has played three WTA tournaments in 2020, winning the title in Auckland before heading to Melbourne.

After two dominant wins, Serena lost in the third round at the Australian Open to Qiang Wang after a titanic battle, leading her country in the Fed Cup against Latvia and staying at home ever since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

Serena Williams to headline Kentucky event next month
Returning to action two weeks ago in Lexington, Williams took down Bernarda Pera and her sister Venus in three sets before suffering a tight 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 loss to Shelby Rogers in the quarters. Serena will face Arantxa Rus or Alison Van Uytvanck in the first match in Cincinnati.

“I miss the amusement park in Cincinnati. My daughter loves going there, and me too. I don’t know if there has been anything too hard to adjust to. I have been really just super careful, not taking any risks. I think the most significant adjustment is the extra testing, but I’m all for the additional testing, actually.

Serena Williams to headline Kentucky event next month
I didn’t want to be in the hotel because I have lung issues, so I felt it was actually a big risk for me personally. At my house, I can control more. There is no housekeeping, there is none of that type of stuff. And so, I mean, as much as I want to be here, it’s great, but I have genuine health issues that I just really needed to put my mind at rest to even be able to perform in New York.

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I want to know where people are going. I want to make sure that we are all keeping ourselves in this giant bubble. Like it’s more people now. It’s a 128 draw for each, singles, men and women. So it’s going to be a lot of people that enter this bubble,” Serena Williams said.

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10 Becky Lynch Cosplays You Have To See To Believe

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Art is a valid aspect of WWE. We can only appreciate the works of these irreplaceable members of the community, some of whom make their cosplays, style their wigs, perfect makeup techniques, and edit their photos all by themselves.

Such is the person of Becky Lynch who, being one of the most talented women in WWE, put in a great deal of work to enhance her talent and earn her current status as one of the top WWE ambassadors, merchandise sellers, and female wrestlers. Her “The Man” gimmick comes with a good dose of aggression, her fans and cosplayers find interesting. You have to see these cosplays to believe their awesomeness.

Few things trend more than The Man on social media, possibly why she’s in the Top-10 most-followed wrestlers on the platform. Her pregnancy announcement received a tremendous number of tributes and throwbacks, like this one of an earlier cosplay.

We’d been worried why she’d vacated her Raw Women’s Championship to Asuka until she let out those words, “I’m gonna go be a mother.” The Limerick-born athlete is engaged to fellow wrestler, Seth Rollins. They were to get married this spring. We do not know if she’ll have a role to play in WWE in the coming months, but her fandom is sure to carry her through a hiatus.

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Video: Naomi Osaka making fun of her boyfriend TBN Cordae with TikTok video

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Naomi Osaka is spending her lockdown with her boyfriend YBN Cordae. They enjoy a fantastic relationship that was (sort of) officialized roughly 1 year ago on social media. Naomi’s boyfriend is a rather well-known American rapper and she loves supporting him as much as she can.

Nevertheless, the former world no.1 rarely misses the opportunity to make some fun of the people she loves. Last week, she posted an entertaining video about her father on social media. Now it’s YBN Cordae’s turn with Naomi explaining the huge difference in how he is perceived by his fans and how she sees him.

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Naomi Osaka’s ‘odd’ dream for biggest achievement showcased vs. Serena Williams

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Naomi Osaka is on top of the tennis world right now with a dominating semifinal performance against Serena Williams, an Australian Open trophy in her hands and a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title in four tries, an unmatched feat.

 

 

At 23 years old, she has potentially decades of tennis in front of her and is seen as the heir apparent to Williams’ throne when the 23-time Grand Slam winner retires from the sport.

But Osaka doesn’t view her ultimate achievement in terms of Grand Slams or trophies or money earned.

Osaka’s ‘odd’ achievement she wants to see
Her biggest achievement would come if years from now we see a match play out similarly to what we’ve seen from Osaka vs. Williams over the past handful of years.

She shared what she wants to see after defeating Jennifer Brady in the 2021 Australian Open final on Saturday.

“I feel like the biggest thing I want to achieve is — this is going to sound really odd. Hopefully I play long enough to play a girl that said that I was once her favorite player or something. For me, I think that’s the coolest thing that could ever happen to me. I think I have those feelings of watching my favorite players. Unfortunately I didn’t get to play Li Na, but, yeah. I just think that that’s how the sport moves forward.”

Li is a former Chinese tennis player who reached No. 2 in the world in February 2014 after winning the Australian Open. She also has a Grand Slam victory at Roland Garros in 2011. Li was the first Grand Slam singles champion from Asia in either the men’s or women’s game and was the first player representing Asia to even compete in a Grand Slam final. She retired in September of 2014 at the age of 32 and was inducted in 2019 to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, again the first Asian-born player to do so.

Osaka does get to play Williams

Osaka, who was born in Japan, turned professional in September of 2013 and while she didn’t get to face her favorite player, she has faced Williams, a competitor she’s called her “idol.” The two are 16 years apart and some look at Osaka as the legacy Williams leaves behind, the same way Osaka said facing a favorite player is how the sport moves forward.

Their semifinal showed that, with Williams taking an early lead but Osaka storming back to prime form and dismantling the tennis queen with an almost easy stride.

Williams turns 40 this year and there are questions about the end of her career, though she admitted she’d never tell anyone if it were the end. Osaka was asked after the win if things had begun to shift so that Williams is no longer the face of tennis, and rather Osaka is now it.

“No. Not at all,” she said in her shortest answer of a reflective 37-minute news conference.

But she will be soon, pushing the sport forward for another round.

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