Venus had never been out in the first round of the US Open before 2020. He did not participate in this tournament last year. Meanwhile, Radukanu became only the third US Open champion to lose in the first round.
New York: Veteran player Venus Williams suffered her second straight first round defeat in the US Open tennis tournament while defending champion Emma Radukanu in women’s singles also failed to progress past the first round. Venus, who celebrated her 42nd birthday in June, did not receive as much support from the audience as her younger sister Serena at the Arthur Aces Stadium and the seven-time Grand Slam champion lost in straight sets. Venus lost to Alison van Uytwank 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the match played on Tuesday. While Serna has talked about retiring, Venus has not given any such indication yet.
Venus had never been out in the first round of the US Open before 2020. He did not participate in this tournament last year. Meanwhile, Radukanu became only the third US Open champion to lose in the first round. She was defeated by Elise Cornet 6-3, 6-3. Radukanu participated in the US Open as a qualifier last year and was successful in becoming the champion but this time she did not get one in front of Cornet. In men’s singles, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal made a spectacular comeback after losing the first set to beat 21-year-old Rinki Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal did not appear bothered by any injury during the match. He withdrew from Wimbledon this year due to a strain in his abdominal muscles.
In women’s singles, Van Uytwank will now face Clara Burrell, who defeated Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4. In the women’s section, 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, number one Inga Swietek, number six Aryna Sabalenka, number eight Jessica Pegula, number nine Garbine Muguruza, number 13 Belinda Bencic and number 22 Karolina Pliskova also advanced. In the men’s section, players who made it to the next round include 2014 champion Marin Cilic, number three Carlos Alcaraz, number seven Cameron Norie, number eight Hubert Herkaz, number nine Andre Rublev, number 11 Yannick Sinar and number 17 Grigor Dimitrov.