Serena and Venus Williams lost the doubles game at the US Open

The 5 best tennis players in history, according to Juan Pablo Varsky 1:22 Serena Williams’ illustrious doubles career has probably come to an end after she and her sister Venus lost in straight sets to the Czech duo of Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká in the first round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and 14-time doubles champion is still set to play Australia’s Ajla Tomljanović in the third round of the singles draw on Friday. The Williams sisters’ story at the US Open It’s not often that a first-round doubles match takes center stage at Arthur Ashe Stadium in prime time. But this game involved Venus Williams, 42, and her sister Serena Williams, 40. This while Serena Williams recently revealed her plan to “evolve away from tennis”. The Williams sisters teamed up for the first time in more than four years to play a doubles match together at this year’s US Open. However, Thursday night might have been their last match together as a doubles team in their storied careers, as they fell to 17-year-old Linda Noskova and 37-year-old Lucie Hradecka. The duo from the Czech Republic advance to the second round, winning 7-6(5), 6-4. Serena Williams is still in the singles draw and will play Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Friday. Venus Williams lost in the first round. Fans and the media mainly focused on the totals of the sisters’ major singles titles: Serena with 23 and Venus with 7 Grand Slams. But there’s another number, and it’s 14: the number of Grand Slam doubles titles they’ve won together. They also won three Olympic gold medals as a doubles team: 2000, 2008 and 2012. The Williams sisters entered the US Open as a doubles wild card. The last time they played doubles together was at the 2018 French Open, when they reached the round of 16. They were nearly unstoppable when they reached a final together in their careers: they’ve never lost a Grand Slam doubles final together (14-0), and of the total 23 times they’ve reached a doubles final as a team, they’ve only lost once. , in 1999. When Noskova was born in November 2004, the Williams sisters had already won six Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, an Olympic gold medal in women’s doubles and three WTA doubles titles.