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Venus Williams falls to Alison Van Uytvanck in US Open first-round match after lacking final yr’s occasion

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Venus Williams falls to Alison Van Uytvanck in US Open first-round match after lacking final yr’s occasion

NEW YORK – Venus Williams was eradicated within the first spherical of her return to the US Open.

Williams misplaced 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck on Tuesday afternoon at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the place youthful sister Serena had received the night time earlier than.

Venus, who turned 42 in June, has not made any statements about her future in tennis, in contrast to her youthful sister. When requested after Tuesday’s match if she plans to “evolve” from tennis like Serena, Venus replied that she is just specializing in the ladies’s doubles competitors.

The Williams sisters will be part of forces within the doubles, as they are going to collaborate for the primary time wherever since 2018 this week. The draw ended to face Czech duo Lucy Hrdecka and Linda Noskova within the first spherical, and they are going to be judged on Thursday except climate circumstances or different components trigger a delay.

“It was Serena’s idea,” Venus stated of enjoying doubles collectively on the US Open. “She’s the boss. I’ll do whatever you ask me to do.”

When requested if it was emotional for her to observe Serena make these sort of selections about her profession throughout this time in her life, Venus replied, “We influence each other very much and I have a huge influence on her. Me, I kind of felt that my role is to make sure that I don’t affect her in any way, and that that decision should be both her and her family — the newest part of the family, I guess I’ll say, because obviously we’re family.”

This was the twenty third journey to Flushing Meadows for Venus, who reached the ultimate in 1997 as a young person after which received the Cup in 2000 and 2001, her 91st look in a serious event.

“It means a lot to the women,” Van Uytvanck stated. “Tennis in general, it’s a legend.”

Venus by no means misplaced within the opening spherical of the US Open till 2020, then missed final yr. She was out of the singles tour solely from August 2021 till lower than a month in the past and is now 0-4 since her comeback. Its rating — which 20 years in the past was primary — was 1504 this week.

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Neither Williams attended a first-round singles match for the opposite; Their mom, Orasin, and sister, Isha, had been on the visitor field every time.

Venus struggled from the beginning on Tuesday, particularly together with her serve and floor strokes not correctly calibrated, with many coming into nets or lengthy landings.

After a number of 25 unintentional errors, Venus has been twiddling with the strings of her racquet or tucking it over the sting of her eyebrow.

Ten of these fouls got here with a backhand, far outnumbering her winners on that facet.

There have been half a dozen double faults and solely three aces. I confronted 12 break factors and misplaced 4 of the ten service video games.

Simply 20 minutes later there was a 4-0 lead for Van Uytvanck, the 28-year-old who ranked 43 and entered the day with a 1-8 mark within the US Open rally.

Venus took a slight stand, broke to open the second set and held 2-0. However that may be her solely break from the match, and shortly Van Uytvanck was organising a volleyball aim to seal the victory.

Van Uytvanck now meets Clara Borrell, who eradicated Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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