After losing in the US Open 2019, Williams shut her season down, and 2020 saw a title win in Auckland, but a third-round exit at the Australian Open and a win and a loss at Fed up before lockdown hit globally. In that time, she has had a tennis court installed at her home with the US Open hard court, and heads a stellar field for a WTA International.
On paper this should be plain sailing for Williams, but as with everyone else, her return to the tour holds many unknowns.
Williams’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Bernarda Pera | First Meeting
R2: Victoria Azarenka | H2H: Williams leads 18-4
QF: Sloane Stephens  | H2H: Williams leads 5-1
SF: Amanda Anisimova  | H2H: Williams leads 1-0
Sabalenka started her year well, with the semi-final of Adelaide and winning the title in Doha before lockdown. As well as potential rustiness on their respective come-backs, Sabalenka has a few potential first time encounters which gives her a fairly open run deep into the tournament.
With a loss, a win and a mixed doubles win under her belt at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, Konta has at least had some match play, while cautiously still managing a niggling knee injury that caused her to cu short her season last year after the US Open last year.
It is a tricky start for her having Maria Bouzkova first, who she lost to in her last match played of the year but if she can get a run, it could give her some match confidence.
It was a decent start for the 18-year-old Anisimova, albeit losing to Serena Williams in Auckland, but after starting with a semi-final, she seemed to be derailed before picking up a couple of wins in Doha.
Her lockdown tennis consisted of a couple of US organised domestic tournaments, and so comes in with some matches which is more than many others.
Anisimova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Cece Bellis | First Meeting
R2: Jessica Pegula | First Meeting
QF: Yulia Putintseva  | First Meeting
SF: Serena Williams  | H2H: Williams leads 1-0
F: Aryna Sabalenka  | H2H: Anisimova leads 2-0
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