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Venus Williams is eliminated after Alison Van Uytvanck lost in straight sets in the first round of the US Open

Venus Williams is OUT at the US Open after losing to Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets… but can keep her tournament hopes alive in doubles alongside Serena!

  • The unranked 42-year-old fell in straight sets, struggling in the New York heat
  • She played at Arthur Ashe Stadium the day after her sister Serena was honored
  • Venus and Serena play together again this week in women’s doubles

A day after her sister received a standing ovation and a farewell ceremony, Venus Williams struggled at Arthur Ashe Stadium and lost in her first-round match.

Williams, a two-time US Open champion, lost to 49th player in the world Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 1-6, 6-7 (5-7).

It was her 23rd year playing in Flushing Meadows, but she didn’t have the impact she used to. After reaching at least the semifinals of the tournament from 1997 to 2002, Serena has not reached a final since 2002 and was last in the semifinals in 2017.

Venus quickly left the court after her defeat as the tennis icon prepares for the doubles tournament with her sister.

Venus Williams fell in her first round singles match at the US Open on Tuesday afternoon

Venus Williams fell in her first round singles match at the US Open on Tuesday afternoon

Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, number 1 in the world. 49-player, beat the former great in straight sets

Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, number 1 in the world. 49-player, beat the former great in straight sets

Venus hasn’t made it past the first round of the US Open since 2019, when she won just one match.

She fell to 20th seed Karolina Muchova in the 2020 first round and missed the 2021 tournament.

The Williams sisters will continue their doubles career at the tournament, playing together in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since the 2018 French Open.

The pair have not played together at Flushing Meadows since 2014 when they reached the Quarterfinals before falling to Russian duo and eventual winners Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Venus and Serena are undefeated in the doubles final of Grand Slam tournaments, the last win coming in 2016 on Center Court at Wimbledon.

The sisters will face off against Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka on September 1.

Venus greeted the crowd and quickly left the court after her singles loss on Tuesday

Venus greeted the crowd and quickly left the court after her singles loss on Tuesday

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Maureen Mackey

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