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The welcome and support for Venus Williams at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday afternoon was not the same as that given to her sister, Serena, the night before. Neither is the result.

Venus, who turns 42 in June, has not made any statements about her future in tennis, unlike her sister, and although she is also successful and influential — a seven-time Grand Slam champion; a black woman in a predominantly white sport — the fanfare and attention are not the same.

Playing in front of thousands of empty blue seats in a fairly quiet arena at the start, Venus was eliminated in the first round of the US Open for her second straight appearance, losing 6-1, 7-6 (5) to Alison Van Uytvanck.

“She means a lot to women’s tennis. Tennis, in general,” said Van Uytvanck. “He’s a legend.”

This is the 23rd trip to Flushing Meadows for Venus, who made it to the final in 1997 as a teenager going on to win the trophy in 2000 and 2001, and her record 91st time participating in a major tournament.

Venus had not lost in the opening round of the US Open until 2020, then missed last year. He exited the tour in singles completely from August 2021 to less than a month ago and is now 0-4 since his return. His ranking – which 20 years ago was No. 1 – is ranked at 1,504 this week.

Serena, who announced to the world on August 9 that she was gearing up to step away from her playing career, left it unclear when it would end, although she hinted it could happen at the US Open. So Monday’s first-round matchup fell into the must-see category, drawing more than 29,000 spectators onto the tournament pitch, including more than 23,000 at Ashe — and the atmosphere was lively and electric from start to finish. his 6-3, 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic.

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Serena Williams wins opening match at US Open

In a match that could potentially be her last, Serena Williams won in the first round of the US Open by beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-3.

Now Serena, who has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in New York, will play second seed Anett Kontaveit in Ashe on Wednesday night.

And he and Venus will join forces in doubles, teaming up for the first time since 2018 this week.

Neither Williams attended the first-round singles match; their mother, Oracene, and sister, Isha, were in the guest box every time. On Tuesday, they saw Venus struggle early on, especially with her once dreaded serve and improperly calibrated groundstroke. So much into the net. So many landed a long time ago.

After many of his own 25 faults, Venus would fiddle with the strings of her racquet or tug at the rim of her helmet.

Ten of those mistakes came on the backhand, far outnumbering the two winners on that side.

Half a dozen double errors

There were half a dozen double faults, only three aces. He faced 12 break points and lost four of his 10 service games.

Just 20 minutes in, there was a 4-0 lead for Van Uytvanck, 28, over 43rd-placed Belgium and coming into the day with a career mark of 1-8 at the US Open.

Venus put up little resistance, broke to open the second set and held on for 2-0. But it would be the only break of the game and shortly after, Van Uytvanck threw away the winner’s volley to seal the win.

The night before, Serena was hosted in a post-match ceremony that included a tribute video from Oprah Winfrey and a lengthy on-court interview. After this match, Venus simply slung her red kit bag over her left shoulder, carried her racket in her right hand, and quickly walked towards the locker room.

Van Uytvanck now meets Clara Burel, who knocked out Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4.

Swiatek takes first step towards US Open title

Iga Swiatek remembers a time when he was barely noticed, so he was happy to see a photo of him in an ad in Times Square.

Once little known, now bright lights, big city for female tennis player No.

“Just trying to enjoy it because I remember times where it was quite difficult for anyone to see or hear me,” said Swiatek. “Yeah, it just shows how much progress I’ve made on the pitch, but also off the pitch that I’m in that position.”

Think how big he would be in New York if he won the US Open.

The top seed took the first step Tuesday, beating Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-0 in just over an hour.

Swiatek knows it won’t be easy to regain the form that took him to 37 straight wins this year. But all it takes is seven to win another Grand Slam title.

Swiatek is just 5-4 since his winning streak which included a second French Open crown. But he looked sharp as he rolled the second set in front of the red-shirted Poles inside the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

“For sure in the first set at the start, you know, I played a pretty solid game, but I had to take it to another level,” said Swiatek. “I did it at the end and in the second set, so I’m quite proud of that.”

Another straight-set winner

Other straight-set winners at the start of the second day of the tournament were No.6 Aryna Sabalenka, No.8 Jessica Pegula and No.9 Garbine Muguruza. Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina lost 6-4, 6-4 to Clara Burel of France.

Swiatek said he watched only two of Williams’ winning games Monday, with an early start ahead of him. She is bidding to become the first player to win seven or more titles in a season since Serena did so in 2014.

Swiatek may be the hardest to beat on Roland Garros red clay, but he’s already shown he can handle hard courts, winning titles at Indian Wells and Miami earlier this year.

“He is still No. 1 in the world and will still compete very well and will be difficult to beat no matter what,” said Pegula, who lost to Swiatek in the French Open quarter-finals.

Rybakina won the next Grand Slam, but it was of no use to her in the rankings as no points were awarded at this year’s Wimbledon. The men’s and women’s tour took the step after the All England Club banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing because of the war in Ukraine.

Rybakina, who was born in Russia but represents Kazakhstan, said before this tournament he thought it was unfair, adding he didn’t even feel like a Wimbledon champion. Featured No. 25 was not as scheduled as at Flushing Meadows, with the opening match being played on the off court.

No. 2 Rafael Nadal will play Tuesday night

No. 22 seed Karolina Pliskova, runner-up to the 2016 US Open, needed a third-set tiebreak to beat Magda Linette, but number 16 Jelena Ostapenko was knocked out by China’s Zheng Qinwen.

Carlos Alcaraz stepped into the second half when his opponent was forced to stop due to injury in the third set. Featured No. The 3 led Sebastian Baez 7-5, 7-5, 2-0 when the Argentine signaled he could not continue due to leg pain or cramps.

The Alcaraz US Open ended last year in a similar fashion. He reached the quarter-finals aged 18, the youngest man to reach that far in New York in the professional era, before stopping in the second set to lose to Felix Auger-Aliassime with an upper right leg injury.

No.7 Cam Norrie and 17th seed Grigor Dimitrov won straight sets in the men’s side, with No.2 Rafael Nadal set to play Tuesday night.

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