Williams sisters lose their last doubles crippling New York

Williams sisters lose their last doubles crippling New York

The sisters Serena and Venus Williams played this Thursday what will probably be the last match of their lives as a doubles team, losing in the first round of the US Open against the Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.

Serena Williams, 40 years old, is still alive in singles and will face the Australian this Friday Ajla Tomjanovic, while venus williams42 years old, was eliminated in the first round.

Despite their defeat, the Williams sisters’ “last dance” in Flushing Meadows has paralyzed New York, with queues of more than an hour to get to the Arthur Ashe court, tickets for up to $1,800 and glories like the former tennis players Stan Smith and Tracy Austin among the famous in the stands.

It is not usual for a first round of the doubles tournament to be played at the Arthur Ashe and monopolize the channel’s ‘prime time’ ‘ESPN’. But the goodbye of Serena Williams, who plans to leave tennis after this US Open, has generated tremendous expectation and turned each of her matches into the center of the spotlight.

Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova

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Hradecka and Noskova triumphed with merit 7-6 (5) and 6-4, after annulling two set points in the first set, but that did not dampen the party in Flushing Meadows, where the spectators are showing their affection and the thanks to the two American stars.

A LEGENDARY PALMARÉS

Serena and Venus Williams won 22 doubles titles together, with fourteen ‘majors’, two of them in New York, and three Olympic gold medals.

Only Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver they have won more ‘majors’ as a couple, with twenty crowns.

At the individual level, Serena won 23 ‘majors’, with seven Australian Opens, seven Wimbledons, six US Opens and three Roland Garros. In total, she has 74 trophies in her record.

Venus won seven majors, five Wimbledons and two US Opens. In total, she won 49 titles and more than 42 million dollars in prize money.

JAMS IN FLUSHING MEADOWS

More than an hour before the start of Serena and Venus Williams’ doubles match, there were already notable traffic jams getting to the USTA Billie Jean King Center from midtown Manhattan. It took more than an hour to get to the tennis center, when at other times of the day 25 minutes are enough.

But no one wants to miss out on a historic moment in the legendary career of Serena Williams, who is contesting this tournament in both singles and doubles.

Williams’ first-round match against Montenegrin Danka Kovinic, broadcast on ESPN’s prime time, was the most watched since 2015 on US television, with an average of 2.7 million viewers.

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The Arthur Ashe court was packed with fans for every Williams match, despite the high price of tickets.

The cheapest ticket to attend the return of the Williams sisters to the doubles was $200 a few hours before the start of the game and the most expensive were sold for more than $1,800 on digital sales platforms.

CLINTON, TIGER, SPIKE LEE, STAN SMITH AND TRACY AUSTIN, CELEBRITIES IN THE STANDS

Politicians, filmmakers, actors and elite athletes have flocked to Arthur Ashe in recent days to see Serena Williams’ latest exhibits in person.

Among the fans who sat in the Ashe were celebrities such as former US President Bill Clinton (1993-2001), filmmaker Spike Lee, former skier Lindsey Vonn, golfer Tiger Woods or former tennis players Stan Smith and Tracy Austin.

In addition, the US vice president, Kamala Harris, thanked the tennis player for “inspiring people” with her “talent, elegance and determination”, after the brilliant victory achieved in the second round of the US Open against the Estonian Anett Kontaveit, number two in the world ranking.




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