For more than a year, Serena Williams has been notably absent from the sport she has dominated for so long.

Williams did not play a match between his first-round injury retirement at Wimbledon in 2021 and his return to the same tournament this summer, resulting in a first-round loss to Harmony Tan.

Although her return to Wimbledon wasn’t all she hoped for, Williams showed she had something left in her tank and she dismissed any talk of retirement after the match, saying she was looking forward to it. to prepare for the US Open.

“The US Open was where I won my first Slam, it’s super special. There’s definitely a lot of motivation to improve and play at home,” Williams said.

Her return to Flushing Meadows begins in Toronto at the National Bank Open, where she is in the singles draw this week. It’s the perfect setting for a tune-up at the US Open. It may be just what Williams needs to propel herself past the storied competition, which she has won six times.

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Here is the latest information on Williams’ participation in the 2022 US Open.

Is Serena Williams playing at the US Open 2022?

Williams was included on the US Open entry list released in July and is expected to compete at the US Open Series event in Cincinnati later this month. However, she has yet to officially say whether she will appear in court for the 2022 US Open.

Williams appeared on a host of hard courts more often ahead of the US Open. Here’s a video of her and her sister Venus training on the hard courts at the Citi Open in Washington, DC earlier this month.

In the meantime, she has a few games under her belt at the National Bank Open. Williams’ first-round win in Toronto over Nuria Parrizas Diaz on August 8 marked her first tour victory since Roland Garros 2021.

How she plays in Toronto and possibly Cincinnati will be an indicator of what to expect from the 23-time Grand Slam champion ahead of the US Open.