#sports activities Venus Williams dodges retirement rumors saying she’s ‘simply focused on the doubles’ with Serena
Venus Williams dodges retirement rumors… saying she’s ‘simply focused on the doubles’ with sister Serena after being knocked out of the US Open ladies’s singles match in the first spherical
- After a singles elimination, Venus Williams turns her consideration to ladies’s doubles in Flushing Meadows with her sister Serena
- Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck beat Williams in straight units Tuesday afternoon
- Venus added that taking part in doubles was Serena’s concept as a result of ‘she’s the boss’
It wasn’t an excellent begin to the 2022 US Open for Venus Williams, who now has solely the ladies’s doubles match to stay up for.
The 42-year outdated did not say whether or not she would retire after she was eradicated in the first-round of the US Open taking part in on Arthur Ashe Tuesday afternoon; telling reporters that she’s ‘simply focused on the doubles.’
Williams, a back-to-back US Open champion who made the match by way of wild-card entry, fell to the world’s forty ninth ranked participant Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium by a rating of 1-6, 6-7 (5-7).
It was her first Grand Slam singles occasion since Wimbledon in 2021 and her first time in Flushing Meadows since 2020. She additionally hadn’t performed in a ladies’s singles occasion this season till the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. again in late-July.
Venus Williams didn’t say if this may be her final singles match after dropping Tuesday
The former US Open winner fell in straight units to Alison Van Uytvanck in Flushing Meadows
‘It was undoubtedly the longest time I’ve been away from tennis and been and not using a racquet in my hand,’ Venus mentioned after the loss.
‘So it was a totally new expertise for me, making an attempt to acclimate as fast as doable to be prepared for the U.S. Open. Definitely, performed numerous nice factors as we speak nevertheless it’s simply, in the finish, it is simply rust.
‘There is nothing you are able to do about that aside from, you realize, not be rusty in some unspecified time in the future. … I undoubtedly walked on the market and did my greatest below the circumstances.’
It marked her twenty third 12 months of taking part in in Flushing Meadows, however she hasn’t had the impression she used to. After making not less than the semifinals in the match from 1997-2002, Venus hasn’t made a remaining since ’02 and final made the semifinals in 2017.
Venus shortly left the court docket following her loss as the tennis icon prepares for the doubles match with her sister.
Venus – whose world rating is right down to 1,504th – hasn’t made it previous the first spherical in the US Open since 2019, when she gained just one match.
She fell in the 2020 US Open first spherical to twentieth seed Karolina Muchova and was absent from the 2021 match.
The Williams sisters will proceed their doubles profession at this match, taking part in collectively in a Grand Slam match for the first time since the 2018 French Open.
Venus advised reporters it was Serena’s concept to play doubles in Queens this match, jokingly including, ‘she’s the boss, so I do no matter she tells me to do.’
The pair have not performed collectively at Flushing Meadows since 2014, once they reached the quarterfinals earlier than falling to Russian duo and eventual winners Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
Venus and Serena are undefeated in doubles finals of Grand Slam tournaments, with the most up-to-date win coming in 2016 on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The sisters take on Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic on September 1st.
The Williams sisters have gained each doubles Grand Slam remaining they’ve performed collectively