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Sunday / July 5.

    NEW YORK — Serena Williams skipped US Open media day on Friday to attend to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who is “under the weather,” USTA officials said.

    Despite her one-day absence, Serena remains the Vegas favorite to win the Open for a seventh time despite the fact that she hasn’t won a tournament in 2018 and is just 3-4 on outdoor hardcourts this year.

    “You know, Serena is always…a favorite,” said No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Serena in the Wimbledon final and won here in 2016. “Because, I mean, she won the tournament so many times. She knows how to play. She have so many experience to playing the big matches on big stages, and I think that this is what she’s looking for, to playing big matches in front of the crowd here at home.”

    A year ago, Serena sat out the Open to give birth, which she did during the fortnight. In her absence, four American women closed out the semifinals and Sloane Stephens won the title.


    NEW YORK — It has been a full decade since Roger Federer won the last of his five straight US Open titles in 2008.

    The 37-year-old Swiss Maestro has captured every other Grand Slam title more recently than the US Open, including his lone win at the French Open in 2009. He captured his 20th — and most recent Slam title — at this year’s Australian Open.

    Now, with the Open set to begin on Monday, Federer, the No. 2 seed, says it’s important for him to try to win in New York for the first time in a decade.

    “It would mean the world to me,” he said Friday. “It would mean a lot to me, of course. It’s even a bigger priority this year, the US Open, than it has been last year.”