Williams was cruising along at the French Open until a pectoral injury forced her to withdraw ahead of her last-16 match.
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Sloane Stephens will be defending her title at the U.S. Open. But all eyes will be on Serena Williams over the coming two weeks as the six-time champion attempts to win her first Grand Slam title since becoming a mother. The tournament will be the third Grand Slam since Williams returned to competition after giving birth last September. Williams was cruising along at the French Open until a pectoral injury forced her to withdraw ahead of her last-16 match. Chrissie Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, said in a conference call Williams was fighting to get back to her best and would be in with a chance at the Aug. 27 to Sept. 9 tournament.Should Williams prevail, she would equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles, although not all of Australian Court's were claimed during the professional era.
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