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Venus Williams’ U.S. Open women’s singles run has already been over after she lost to Alison Van Uytvanck on Tuesday in straight sets, 1-6, 6-7(5)
This is actually the second successive first-round exit for the two-time champion, who fell to Karolina Muchova in her opening match in 2020.
Williams dug herself into an early on hole because of a sloppy first set. She dropped her first two service games, which allowed Van Uytvanck to create a commanding 5-1 lead. Serving in which to stay the set, she suffered her third break because the Belgian right-hander claimed the set.
Williams righted the ship in the next frame. She immediately took control by breaking back the opening game but was struggling to fully capitalize. Van Uytvanck eventually leveled things up at three games apiece.
The tiebreaker played out in quite similar fashion as Williams gained an early on 3-1 edge before Van Uytvanck turned the tables and won another four points. The American was struggling to stem the tide all of those other way.
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A significant finish for Alison Van Uytvanck in Arthur Ashe Stadium! pic.twitter.com/yqiI6LB3pD
Van Uytvanck had a decided edge in winners (29) over Williams (18) and found a recipe for success at the web. She won 12 of her 14 net points
Whereas Serena Williams has organized her general retirement plan, it’s unclear when Venus intends to step from the overall game. Given her age, 42, her farewell could come rather suddenly, thus adding an even of significance to any moment she steps onto the court at a Grand Slam.
If this is actually the end, then it will be the sort of exit not befitting of her legendary status.
Venus at the very least has the possiblity to end her amount of time in Flushing Meadows this season on an improved note. She and Serena open their women’s doubles account Thursday contrary to the tandem of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.