Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has apparently confirmed that she has no intention of retiring from professional tennis at this year’s US Open. Williams, 42, was out for 12 months before returning to singles action three weeks ago in Washington.
Meanwhile, her sister Serena Williams, who returned to singles action at Wimbledon, revealed her plans to end her professional career at the US Open. When Serena announced her plans to retire from professional tennis at the US Open, some thought Venus might follow suit and do the same.
Via the Instagram account of her fashion brand EleVen By Venus, Venus was asked if she had any plans to compete this fall. Venus responded: «Looks like there could be an event or two in the US. There are no plans to play outside of the US this fall.
We will see!»
Venus Williams 0/3 since returning
In Washington, Williams came very close to making a winning comeback.
In her first singles match of the season, Williams led 4-1 in the third set of her first match in Washington, but Rebecca Marino won in the end 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Last week in Toronto, Williams was eliminated in straight sets by Jil Teichmann.
This week, Williams exited Cincinnati in the first round following a 7-5, 6-1 loss against Karolina Pliskova. Williams actually got off to a good start to the match as she claimed an early break. But Pliskova came back to win the first set and failing to close out the first set proved to be too much for Williams.
«She improved her game in the second set and I made too many mistakes. But it was definitely not an easy first round. And has she been playing well, I guess, all year? I really don’t know. But she played well today against me.» Williams said after the game. This week, US Open organizers announced Williams as the main draw wild card winner.