Serena Williams leads a U.S. Open women’s singles entry list that includes 27 of the top 28 in the world.
The lone significant absentee is No. 1 Ash Barty, who announced July 29 that she wasn’t comfortable traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.
Williams, a six-time U.S. Open champion, eyes a 24th Grand Slam singles title that would tie Margaret Court‘s record. Most of Court’s titles came before the Open Era, including Australian Opens that didn’t include many of the world’s top players.
Williams’ biggest threats to history include the women who beat her in the last two U.S. Open finals — Canadian Bianca Andreescu and Japanese Naomi Osaka.
All of the top Americans are entered, including Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin, Madison Keys and Coco Gauff.
The U.S. Open starts as scheduled Aug. 31 without fans.
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