Venus Williams tight-lipped about her future, focused on doubles with ‘the boss’ Serena Williams

Venus Williams in action

Venus Williams couldn’t replicate sister Serena’s success in the opening round of the 2022 US Open and after the match she didn’t give much away about her tennis future.

After missing last year’s tournament – the first time she had missed her home Grand Slam since 2006 – Williams accepted a wildcard to compete at Flushing Meadows for an Open Era record 23rd time.

However, the seven-time Grand Slam champion went down 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) against Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium on Tuesday and you have to go back to Wimbledon last year for the tennis icon’s last singles win.

With Serena confirming she is stepping away from the sport, there have been suggestions that her sister could follow suit with broadcasters being told there was set to be a ceremony for Venus after her match.

Venus, though, quickly disappeared from court after losing and when asked about her future during a post-match press conference, she replied: “Right now I’m just focused on the doubles.”

Venus will team up with Serena in the US Open women’s doubles and it will be the first time since 2018 that they have partnered up at a major.

The Williams sisters have played in 14 Grand Slam finals and they have won all 14 with their last title coming at Wimbledon in 2016.

She added: “It was Serena’s idea. She’s the boss, so I do whatever she tells me to do. We have had some great wins. It would be nice to add some more.”

The Serena tribute on Arthur Ashe Stadium was an emotional and joyous occasion and Venus is happy her sister managed to “do things on her own terms”.

“I definitely watched it,” the 42-year-old said. “I wanted to be there, but I had obviously an early start today. It’s never easy the first round. Definitely was an exciting evening. Obviously my hope is that there is more ahead for her at this tournament.

“We’re a huge influence on each other, and I’m a huge influence on her. For me, I just kind of felt like my role is to make sure I don’t influence her in any way, and that this decision needs to be all hers and her family’s. The newest part of the family.

“I think she’s had some time to process it, and she’s doing it the way she wants to. That’s what matters most is to do things on her own terms.”

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