Serena and Venus Williams defeated in the first round of Grand Slam doubles

There will be no farewell Grand Slam title in doubles for Serena Williams after she and sister Venus lost in the first round of the US Open.

The sisters decided to make a final fuss four years after their last Slam performance together and six years after the last of their 14 titles.

But the old magic wasn’t quite there and they lost to the Czech duo of 37-year-old Lucie Hradecka and 17-year-old Linda Noskova 6-7 (5) and 4-6.

The match was certainly the first doubles competition in the opening round to start a night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

When it was announced that Serena and Venus would be playing doubles, it had seemed that this might be the former’s last match, but their success in singles gave this competition a slightly different hue.

The will to compete was very high and Serena looked sharp again, both from the back of the court and at net.

Serena (left) and Venus Williams talk about changing sides (Charles Krupa/AP)

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But Hradecka and Noskova held on and then took their chance in the tie-break. Hradecka threaded a nice pass across the line on set point to practically silence.

She emerged as a key player against her fellow veterans and although Serena and Venus clinched early breaks to get back up to 4-4, a break of serve from Serena decided the contest.

Serena will now focus solely on extending her last tournament in singles, where she will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round on Friday.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/venus-williams-ajla-tomljanovic-new-york-b2158062.html Serena and Venus Williams defeated in the first round of Grand Slam doubles

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