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Serena and Venus Williams receive a standing ovation at the US Open

Serena and Venus Williams receive a standing ovation as they walk out in what may be their last doubles match at the US Open against Arthur Ashe

Serena and Venus Williams received a standing ovation as they took to the court for their first-round doubles match at the US Open on Thursday night.

The superstar sisters got primetime slot at Arthur Ashe after announcing last week that they would be playing together via wildcard.

The match has more meaning than usual as it could be their last doubles match together as Serena will “evolve” from tennis after the Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.

The sisters have teamed up in the US Open doubles draw for the first time since 2014 when they faced Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

Older sister Venus should arrive well-rested after a quiet exit from Tuesday’s singles draw, but Serena could be more tired after a sensational win over world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in Wednesday’s singles competition.

Serena and Venus Williams received a standing ovation as they left the court on Thursday

Serena and Venus Williams received a standing ovation as they left the court on Thursday

The sisters received a warm welcome from fans in Arthur Ashe at the US Open

The sisters received a warm welcome from fans in Arthur Ashe at the US Open

Serena faces a potentially difficult stretch in the coming days, with a third-round match against Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic on Friday night – meaning the further she advances in either event, the more consecutive days she will play.

Venus and Serena have not played together in Grand Slam doubles tournaments since the 2018 French Open. They haven’t played doubles at Flushing Meadows since 2014.

When the sisters reached the Grand Slam doubles final, they were perfect – going 14-14 in the finals, including two wins in Queens in 1999 and 2009.

In addition, the sisters have won three Olympic gold medals in doubles at the Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 games.

The sisters have teamed up in the US Open doubles draw for the first time since 2014

The sisters have teamed up in the US Open doubles draw for the first time since 2014

Serena, 40, announced earlier this month that she is “evolving” from tennis, meaning her home grand slam will be her last.

Williams announced her career and announced her decision the next month Fashionalthough a firm date on when she will leave has not been confirmed.

The news came after the American superstar recorded her first win in 430 days, but she said in the article: “It’s the hardest thing I can ever imagine. I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

Williams does not use the word “retirement.” “I’ve never liked the word,” Williams wrote in the latest issue of Vogue.

“It doesn’t seem like a modern word to me. I’ve taken this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.

Venus and Serena have not played together in Grand Slam doubles since the 2018 French Open

Venus and Serena have not played together in Grand Slam doubles since the 2018 French Open

“Perhaps the best word to describe what I intend to do is evolution,” she continued. “I’m here to tell you I’m evolving away from tennis and towards other things that are important to me.”

Not only does Serena want to spend more time with her husband Alexis and their five-year-old Olympia, but the multiple champion revealed the couple is trying to have another child in the near future.

“For the past year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child and we recently received some information from my doctor that has put my mind at ease and that we can expand our family whenever we are ready . ‘ Williams wrote.

“As an athlete, I definitely don’t want to get pregnant again. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.

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Maureen Mackey

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