NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will try again for a record-equaling 24th major title as one of 13 Grand Slam women’s champions who gained direct entry into the U.S. Open.
The top 98 men and 102 women based on this week’s world rankings were automatically entered Wednesday into the field for the final major of the year, which will be played Aug. 26 through Sept. 8.
Williams lost to Simona Halep on Saturday in the Wimbledon final. She also lost last year in the final at Flushing Meadows to Naomi Osaka of Japan, leaving her one behind Margaret Court’s total of 24 Grand Slam titles.
Along with Williams, Halep and Osaka, the rest