On Thursday, Williams sisters, Serena and Venus crashed out of the doubles event at the ongoing United States Open, ending their hopes and joint bid of winning any silverware for America at the tournament.
The Williams sisters were beaten by the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova in the first round of the tourney.
The Williams sisters – in what was almost certainly their final outing together as a Grand Slam doubles duo – slumped to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 loss at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The last time they both featured in the US Open doubles event was in 2018
But they were handed a wild card into the draw for this year’s US Open just weeks after Serena indicated she planned to retire following the tournament.
While Serena showed flashes of the sort of brilliance that had studded her singles performances this week, elder sister Venus struggled to find her best form against the Czech duo.
The Williams sisters were unable to take advantage of two opportunities to gain a crucial service break in the first set and paid the price as Hradecka and Noskova clinched the tie break.