Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open
The Williams sisters were in a hurry to finish their singles match at the U.S. Open on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. They needed just a minute and 31 seconds to beat Olga Govortsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the Quarterfinals of the $1.054 million tournament. As for tennis’ most powerful players, it was a day that was supposed to be a non-event.
But just as in so many other major championships throughout tennis’ history, this match up between two very very big sisters turned into a battle of the sexes. And on the court, it was no different. Serena Williams (25) and Venus Williams (24) were competing for the first time since July.
Now, in the wake of the two-month gap, Serena said she wished she and Venus could have stayed with the Williams sisters for one set, the way they are in a partnership. Though they had to leave for the match, the sisterly bond between them didn’t seem to diminish.
“It’s incredible how you can have that with someone else, like you always say,” Serena said after their match. “We had lots of good times and not much time together, but we had a good time with them, really good. I look forward to having one more time with them. That’s the dream.”
“You could hear that every day we would be in bed and I would be talking to my sister one on top of the other. We would be making out,” Venus said from her locker room after her match. “I miss that. I miss talking to her.”
The Williams sisters beat Govortsova and Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-4, but they lost in the third set to the Czech duo, who were competing in their first major tournament together in their country this year.
The first set was up and down but it was a tight first set. Serena and Venus were down 2-0 and there were two break points when Serena gave the