Maria gets first crack at spoiling Serena’s bid for 24th Slam

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Maria gets first crack at spoiling Serena’s bid for 24th Slam

Barty, Osaka, Halep and Pliskova also lie in wait at US Open, although Williams insists the number isn't that important to her

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Serena Williams has the US Open spotlight as she chases tennis history, but a host of Grand Slam winners and high-ranked rivals are also taking aim at the title.

The 37-year-old American will be the focus of attention when the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins on Monday with her first-round night match against Russian Maria Sharapova, the most anticipated of the women’s openers.

“Of course I’m going to watch it,” said top-seeded defending champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in 2018’s US Open final. “I think everyone in New York is going to watch it...

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