I had never played a doubles match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, but for the Williams sisters’ first doubles match in four and a half years, an exception was gladly made.
23,859 fans turned up frantically for the chance to watch the sisters probably play their last league game together. In the past, this collaboration has already resulted in 14 Grand Slam titles in doubles combined, but there likely won’t be 15.
Czech duo Lucy Hradica and Linda Noskova were very strong in two sets. Hradika said after the match, “I still can’t believe we won. I apologize to you (the fans), but I’m very happy that it worked.”
Serena and Venus Williams clearly enjoyed their match despite the impending loss. They crumbled to each other, talked between dots, and couldn’t help but smile when they could rest between games.
The crowd saved their highest moment of the moment when the ball moved back and forth 19 times in the first set tiebreak and Serena broke three in a row. The sisters were 4-3 in the tiebreak, but that wasn’t enough in the end.
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