After losing in straight sets against Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká of the Czech Republic in the first round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, Serena Williams’ legendary doubles career is probably over. The Australian Ajla Tomljanovi is still the opponent for the 23-time grand slam singles winner and 14-time doubles champion on Friday in the third round of the singles tournament. On Tuesday, Venus Williams lost in the opening round. Serena and Venus Williams’ doubles match on Thursday night might have been their last. Nosková, 17, and Hradecká, 37, of the Czech Republic, advanced to the second round by winning 7-6(5), 6-4.
As she addressed the crowd of more than 23,000 spectators on the court shortly after the game. Hradecká stated, “I think we did a very good job. And I’m very sorry for you that we beat them. But we are so delighted we accomplished it. She had never previously played doubles alongside Nosková.
With a 5-4 lead in the opening set and two set points. Serena and Venus Williams got off to a strong start. However, the Czechs rallied back. In the tiebreaker, Hradecká and Nosková were also behind but won the final four points.
In the second set, they appeared to be in control, leading 4-1. But Venus and Serena were able to win three straight games to square it up. Though Serena was broken in the decisive game by the Czechs, who had maintained serve to lead 5-4, Hradecká struck a backhand to the net in between the sisters to win the match.
The Williams sisters were a doubles wild card for the US Open. The last time they competed in doubles was at the 2018 French Open, where they advanced to the round of 16.
Czech athletes Lucie Hradecká left, and Linda Nosková celebrates their victory over the Williams sisters.
In singles action on Wednesday, Serena defeated Anett Kontaveit 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2. It was Williams’ fourth game following her Vogue magazine declaration that she will “evolve away from tennis” following the US Open.
“Retirement has never been a word I’ve loved. It doesn’t strike me as a contemporary word. Although I’ve been thinking of this as a transition. I want to be careful how I use that word because it has a very specific and significant meaning to a group of individuals. “In the Vogue story that was published earlier this month, Williams, 40, stated.
“Perhaps the simplest way to sum up what I’m doing is to call it evolutionary. I’m coming to let you know that I’m moving away from tennis and toward other essential things “She spoke.
The 42-year-old Venus Williams has not yet revealed her tennis future plans.
If they both do decide to retire from tennis this year, they will do so with a combined total of 48 Grand Slam championships (in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) and a perfect record in doubles finals (14-0). In addition, they each took home an Olympic gold medal in singles and three gold medals in doubles.
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