Venus williams and Serena Williams fall in opening round of doubles at US Open to Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova. Check out full news here.
Venus williams : Serena Williams | Doubles | US Open
Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player.
|Born||June 17, 1980
Lynwood, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Turned pro||October 31, 1994 (aged 14)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||Indiana University East (BSBA)|
A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, Williams has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, five at Wimbledon and two at the US Open.She is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of the sport.
Along with her younger sister Serena Williams, Venus Williams was coached by her parents Oracene Price and Richard Williams.
Turning professional in 1994, she reached her first major final at the 1997 US Open.
In 2000 and 2001, Williams claimed the Wimbledon and US Open titles, as well as Olympic singles gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The Williams sisters are credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour.
With 49 WTA Tour singles titles, Williams trails only her sister Serena among active players with the most singles titles.
With 22 WTA doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles, her combined total of 73 WTA titles is also second among active players behind Serena.
She is also one of only two active players to have reached the singles finals of all four majors, along with Serena.
Williams was twice the season prize money leader (in 2001 and 2017), and ranks second behind Serena in all-time career prize money winnings, having earned over US$42 million as of March 2022.
Venus williams doubles
What was supposed to be a prime time, packed-house celebration of the Williams sisters at the U.S. Open turned into something rather less festive than planned on Thursday night.
The rain cloud was the Czech doubles team of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova, who unlike Venus and Serena Williams have not won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles together.
In fact the 37-year-old Hradecka and the 17-year-old Noskova had never played a pro tournament together before until walking out into the cavernous confines of Arthur Ashe Stadium for their first-round match against Team Williams.
But experience did not prove decisive as the Czechs, who clicked quickly, prevailed in a tight first set and then closed out their 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory and likely put a downbeat end to the Williamses’ phenomenal career as a team at this level.
But though Serena Williams was often effective and decisive on Thursday night, she could not hold serve to keep the sisters in the match at 4-5.
At 15-40, Hradecka poached and knocked away a backhand volley winner to close out the victory, and the sisters were soon packing up in a hurry and exiting the court without an on-court interview.
A day after her sister Serena advanced to the second round of the singles play at US Open tennis tournament, Venus Williams was not as fortunate, losing in straight sets to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
Appearing in an Open-era record 23rd US Open, Williams lost her first-round match 6-1, 7-6 (5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
“It was definitely the longest time I have been away from tennis and been without a racquet in my hand,” she said referring to her yearlong gap between competitive matches that ended earlier this month. “So it was a completely new experience for me, getting a racquet back in my hand and trying to acclimate as quick as possible to be ready for the US Open, which was not easy.
“Definitely, like, playing lots of great points but it’s just, in the end, it’s just rust. There is nothing you can do about that except for, you know, not be rusty at some point.”
The 42-year-old was the oldest player in this year’s draw and it was her 91st time in a Grand Slam main draw — also a tennis record.
Williams was also asked about her sister moving away from the sport and whether Serena has needed her support. “I don’t know exactly. I think she’s had some time to process it, and she’s doing it the way she wants to. That’s what matters most, is to do things on her own terms,” she said.
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