Those interested in watching Serena Williams on her way to retirement will have the opportunity to do so in at least three tournaments.
“I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York,” Williams said on the cover of Vogue announcing her retirement, referring to the US Open. “But I’m going to be wrong. And leading tournaments will be fun.”
Her next match is on Wednesday in the round of 32 at the National Bank Open in Toronto against 12th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who defeated Teresa Martinkova on Tuesday. Williams is scheduled to play in the night match, according to the tournament’s website. Bencic, 25, last faced Williams at the 2017 Australian Open.
National Bank’s open matches are televised by its official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports. In the United States, the Tennis Channel broadcasts the Canadian tournament and some matches are available on Bally Sports.
After the National Bank Open, which ends on Sunday, Williams is expected to play in the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, which will be held Aug. 13-21. mentioned in the tournament Twitter That “small part” of Williams’ career was an honor.
“We are very excited to see him at our tournament this year,” the tournament said.
Williams is expected to play out of Cincinnati with a yet-to-be-determined protected rating. The tournament, for which tickets are available online, will feature some great players, including Iga Sviatek, the No. 1 player on the women’s tour, and Emma Radukanu, the defending US Open champion.
After the Western & Southern Open, there are two more tournaments before the US Open – the Tennis Land in Cleveland and the National Bank Championship in Granby, Quebec. The rosters for the tournaments, which run concurrently from Aug. 21-27, have not yet been released, and it is unclear whether Williams will play in any of them.
The US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, begins on August 29 and runs through September 11. The tournament will be televised by ESPN and tickets are available online. The women’s final is scheduled for September 10.
Although the US Open draw has not been made, fans will get their first chance to see Williams in the first round of the tournament on August 29 or 30, a match that is expected to be played at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m not looking for some celebratory, definitive moment on the field,” Williams told Vogue. “I’m terrible at saying goodbye, the worst in the world. But please know that I am more grateful to you than words can express. You have brought me so many victories and so many titles. I will miss this version of me, the girl who played tennis. And I will miss you.”
Williams has been vague about her plans after the US Open, not specifying exactly when she will retire from the sport.