‘Fragrance of an era’ Williams sisters eliminated in the first round of US Open doubles

epa10153833 Serena Williams (L) of the USA and her sister Venus Williams (R) of the USA react during a time out in play during their first round women’s doubles match against Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and her teammate Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic during at the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 01 September 2022. The US Open runs from 29 August through 11 September. EPA/JASON SZENES/2022-09-02 12:58:35/ <저작권자 ⓒ 1980-2022 ㈜연합뉴스. 무단 전재 재배포 금지.>

The Williams sisters, who dominated the era of women’s tennis in the world, were eliminated after failing to cross the threshold of the first round in the final match played in doubles. However, the audience gave the two players a standing ovation.

Sisters of Venus and Serena Williams (USA) competed in the first round of the women’s doubles on the 4th day of the US Open tennis tournament (total prize of 60 million dollars, about 80.8 billion won) held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA on the 2nd. We lost 0-2 (6-7<5-7> 4-6) to Kova (the Czech Republic) group. The Williams sisters dominated the world women’s tennis world for over 20 years, starting in the late 1990s. Her sister Serena won the 1999 US Open singles championship and her sister Venus, who was the first to reach and runner-up in the 1997 US Open singles final, won her first major singles title at Wimbledon in 2000.

Serena won 23 major singles titles up to the Australian Open in 2017, while Venus won seven major singles titles until Wimbledon in 2008. In particular, Serena, who participated in the 1999 US Open, became the first African American to win a major in women’s singles in 41 years since Altea Gibson (USA) in 1958. It’s her first win since 1968, when professional players were allowed to compete in majors. In tennis, which was considered the exclusive domain of white people, the Williams sisters quickly rose to the top of the list and splendidly decorated a page in sports history.

epa10153741 Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams (R) of the USA in action during their first round women’s doubles match against Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic during the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in in Flushing Meadows , New York, USA, 01 September 2022. The US Open runs from 29 August to 11 September. EPA/CJ GUNTHER/2022-09-02 11:30:49/

The Williams sisters boasted the strongest breathing in doubles. In all of the doubles finals of the major tournaments, they advanced 14 times, and set a record of winning 14 times without losing even a single time. Starting with the French Open in 1999, she won 14 major doubles titles together until Wimbledon in 2016, and she also won women’s doubles gold at the Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.

On this day, the Williams sisters’ doubles match was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main court of the US Open.

It is the first time in four years since the French Open in 2018 that the Williams sisters appeared together in a major doubles event.

With 23,859 tickets sold, the Williams sisters hugged and encouraged each other after the game. Serena is due to retire at the end of the tournament and is in the third round (round of 32) in her singles. Her older sister, Venus, one year older than her Serena, was also eliminated by one round in her singles.

By Choi Hyun-tae, Senior Correspondent [email protected]

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