Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open
After an epic match in their first round match at the U.S. Open on Friday, Serena and Venus Williams, who were set to play in the next round, lost for the second game in a row to two of the world’s top doubles players, Czech Zuzana Plenauerova and Lucie Hradecka.
Williams, who has lost six sets to only one other woman in the first three rounds of the tournament, was unable to hold her serve in the fourth game of the match and eventually let the Czech pair win 6-3, 6-1.
“My strategy, I had to hold on to that kind of ball, but [I] hit it right to the right spot, as far as the corner,” Williams said on Saturday morning on the U.S. Open Tennis Talk podcast, according to USTA.com. “It was a tough match and I didn’t play my best tennis, but I played my best tennis for the first set and then I gave it back to my opponent, and there you go, it’s over.”
The two-hour wait between Williams and Plenauerova’s match was no big deal, especially considering that both players had just lost in the fourth game of their match — by similar scores — in their first round match at a WTA match in Montreal earlier this week.
Williams, who had won two matches in a row at the start of her match on Friday, had not been able to hold her serve in both of those matches. But she has been in top form since her last win over Rennae Stubbs at the Australian Open.
Williams, who faced only five unforced errors in her match against Plenauerova, won the first set in 10 minutes, 6-1, in one of the most impressive performances of her career. Plenauerova got on the scoreboard first in the second game and had a three set lead in the match.
Williams then held a two-set lead in the third set, which lasted over 30 minutes and was the longest of her career.
“I played a little bit tough in the first set,” Williams said. “I played a little bit better in the second set. I had a big match. We were both down. It was