An-Najah News - Serena Williams says the absence of a number of her rivals won't take the shine off a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title if she wins the US Open women's title next month.

Williams will embark on her latest bid to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles when she enters the bio-secure bubble at Flushing Meadow for the 2020 US Open.

Many believe that Williams, who would have been a contender for the title regardless, has an even stronger chance of reaching her Grand Slam milestone due to the decimated field at the tournament.

It means Williams won't have as strong a field to battle past to earn the crown as she bids to capture her first US Open title since 2014.