She should play 2 unless her knee flares up again. She desperately needs matchplay against the elite defensive players (Halep, Stephens, Kerber, Wozniacki, Svitolina.... even Bertens/Barty would be adequate) and needs to improve a few things, mentally and game wise, that can't be simulated on the practice court.Do we really want Serena playing a bunch of hard court tournaments with her knee issues? I think one tournament before the US Open is good enough. Test the knee on the hard courts. She's only really been on soft surfaces (clay and grass) lately and I don't want her to push it too much.
No way will she go deep in both Canada/Cincinnati anyway. Looks like she's gonna be the #9 seed in both events, which means she's gonna barely miss out on a Bye and will need 6 matches to win the title instead of 5. If she wins Toronto, we'll be getting a walkover in the early rounds of Cincy. :zzz:
And she's already resigned to skipping the YEC this year even if she qualifies (based on this :rolls, which should motivate her to give her all during these next 7 weeks, knowing that a 3 month vacation is right around the corner.