“Thank you daddy, I know you’re watching. Thanks mom. Oh my god,” Williams said post-match before she broke into “happy tears”.
Venus entered the US Open as a wildcard but suffered a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) defeat to Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck before she was defeated in the doubles with her sister by Czech duo Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka. She spent nearly a year away from the sport before returning to prepare for the US Open with first-round defeats at the Citi Open, the National Bank Open, and the Western & Southern Open.
“It was definitely the longest time I have been away from tennis and been without a racket in my hand,” Venus said after she lost to Van Uytvanck. “It was a completely new experience for me, getting a racket back in my hand and trying to acclimate as quick as possible to be ready for the US Open, which was not easy.”