Venus Williams Bows Out Of 24th US Open

Venus Williams was knocked out of her record-extending 24th US Open at the first round on Tuesday, losing 6-1, 6-1 to Greet Minnen of Belgium.

The 43-year-old tennis legend was no match for her 26-year-old opponent, who was born only weeks before Williams competed in her maiden Grand Slam final at the 1997 US Open.

Williams, whose global ranking has dropped to 410th, was never in competition against Minnen, who dominated all aspects of the match for an easy victory.

In recent years, Williams has tended not to play beyond the US Open at the end of each season.

However the American veteran said she might revise those plans after a season that was blown off course by injuries, notably a knee injury suffered at Wimbledon, where she also went out in the first round.

Belgium’s Greet Minnen (R) greets USA’s Venus Williams at the net following Minnen’s victory during the US Open tennis tournament women’s singles first round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on August 29, 2023. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP)

 

Belgium’s Greet Minnen celebrates after victory over USA’s Venus Williams during the US Open tennis tournament women’s singles first round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on August 29, 2023. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP)

 

USA’s Venus Williams reacts after a point against Belgium’s Greet Minnen during the US Open tennis tournament women’s singles first round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on August 29, 2023. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP)

 

“I may reconsider that this year because my year didn’t go the way, in any way, shape or form, that I thought it would go,” Williams said.

“I was really getting good momentum into Wimbledon. That fall really kind of threw me for a loop for the summer.”

Williams meanwhile refused to give any clue as to when she may decide to follow her younger sister Serena into retirement.

Asked what would be the decisive factor in determining her next career move, she replied: “I wouldn’t tell you so I don’t know why you’re asking.”

Williams though lavished praise on Minnen, saying she had the talent to reach the pinnacle of the women’s game.

“There wasn’t a shot she couldn’t make,” Williams said. “Even when I hit really amazing shots, she just hit a winner or a dropshot.

“It was just incredible, honestly. I mean, if she can play like that, you imagine that she can be in the top 10 or perhaps No. 1 or maybe win a Grand Slam.”

USA’s Venus Williams serves to Belgium’s Greet Minnen during the US Open tennis tournament women’s singles first round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on August 29, 2023. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP)

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