Serena, Clijsters, Azarenka take the centre stage at US Open

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A trio of mothers kick off their campaigns at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, with former champions Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters in action on day two along with twice runner-up Victoria Azarenka.

Six-times US Open winner Williams resumes her quest for a 24th major title with her first career meeting against compatriot Kristie Ahn, the world number 96, in the second match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams, 38, reached the final in 2018 and 2019 but has been stuck on 23 Grand Slam titles, one shy of Margaret Court’s singles record, since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia.

Clijsters, who came out of retirement this year after an eight-year absence during which she gave birth to her second and third children faces Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, the 21st seed, in the first round.

The 37-year-old Belgian wild card could struggle for fitness having withdrawn from last week’s warm-up tournament in New York with an abdominal injury.

Clijsters, a three-times U.S. Open champion has played only two tournaments this year, suffering first-round defeats in Dubai and Monterrey before professional tennis ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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