|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Events: 29 Aug-11 Aug September|
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Serena and Venus Williams’ return to doubles proved short-lived as they suffered a first-round loss at the US Open.
For the first time since 2018 and probably the last, they teamed up again, losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova.
Together, the American greats have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.
Serena Williams, 40, will retire after the tournament while older sister Venus, 42,’s future plans remain unknown.
Serena plays Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of women’s singles on Friday, but Venus was eliminated in the first round.
As the sisters opened Thursday’s night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the sisters failed to convert two set points on their opponents’ serve at 5-4, with break points previously begging for both pairs.
Hradecka and Noskova clinched the ensuing tiebreaker with their first set point, with the 37-year-old Hradecka closing the game with a powerful backhand down the line.
She and Noskova, 20 years her junior, dominated the second set and sealed an early break. They soon held the double break point to make it 4-0 but Noskova failed to convert from near the net, a stroke of luck for the Williams sisters who held on and ended a five-game losing streak.
They continued to hit back, but it proved futile as Hradecka and Noskova broke again on the second match point.
With victories at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2009, followed by triumphs at the Australian Open and French Open in 2010, the Williams sisters remain the youngest women’s doubles team to hold all four major doubles titles at once.
The last of their Grand Slam doubles titles together came at Wimbledon in 2016, more than 17 years after their first at Roland Garros in 1999, while they have also won three Olympic gold medals in doubles.
Venus Williams returned for the hard-court swing in Cincinnati, Toronto and Washington after nearly a year out from a leg injury, earning a wild card to the US Open. She is currently ranked 1,504 in the world in singles while Serena is ranked 605.
They have 30 Grand Slam singles titles combined, 23 of which belong to Serena.