US Open 2022: Serena and Venus Williams lose what may be the last double of their careers

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Serena and Venus Williams lost their first round US Open doubles match against the Czech team of Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká on Thursday evening in what is likely to be their last game together on the pitch.

While the first sentence was a fight back and forth between the two teams, the second set consisted only of Hradecká and Nosková until the Williams sisters fought to level the set 4-4. But Hradecká and Nosková would win the last two games to clinch victory and advance to the next round.

This was the first time we saw the Williams sisters together on the pitch since the French Open 2018. This gap and inexperience in recent years has been shown as their communication has not been as clear as in the past.

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States look on during a substitution against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic during their women's doubles first round match on day four of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on March 01, 2022 in The District Flushing in the borough of Queens in New York City.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States look on during a substitution against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic during their women’s doubles first round match on day four of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on March 01, 2022 in The District Flushing in the borough of Queens in New York City.
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The first game of the night went to the Williams sisters as Venus Williams took the first serve. It would go back and forth non-stop until that tiebreaker was needed.

The Williams sisters were leading the tie break until Venus Williams made a double fault and gave the Czech team the momentum they needed. They would use it to take the next three points from a 5-4 deficit, with Hradecká whipping a backhand over the line to win the set.

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The second set didn’t have the same intensity, although the Williams sisters started turning it on from a 3-0 deficit. They needed the fourth game to at least get back into the game, but Hradecká and Nosková won Game 5 to quickly destroy their opponent’s confidence.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States react to a point against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic during their women's doubles first round match on day four of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2022 , in the Flushing neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States react to a point against Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic during their women’s doubles first round match on day four of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2022 , in the Flushing neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City.
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Serena Williams has some tennis left to play in Flushing but Venus Williams lost her match to Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 7-6 (5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first round. Serena Williams meets Ajla Tomljanović on Friday night.

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Venus Williams hasn’t indicated if she will retire after the US Open, but now that she’s done with the tournament, talks only intensify. Her sister said it was time to retire from the game before heading to the US Open.

If this is the end for the Williams sisters in doubles, they will go down in history as one of the most dominant duos to date. They are 14-0 in the major doubles final and it is the second most wins in women’s doubles history. Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver won 20 titles in the 1980s.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States perform at the 01 Flushing neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the United States perform at the 01 Flushing neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City.
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The Williams sisters won the US Open doubles championship in 1999 and 2009.

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