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Venus Williams keeps future to herself

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Venus Williams kept her thoughts on her tennis future to herself after losing in the opening round of the US Open.

The 42-year-old is now ranked down at 1,504 and has won only one match since the Australian Open in January 2021, but she declined to say whether she will be following sister Serena into retirement after this tournament.

Broadcasters had been informed there would be a ceremony on court after Venus’ match against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck but, after losing 6-1 7-6 (5), the American swiftly picked up her bag and headed off Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Asked about her future afterwards, the six-time grand slam singles champion said: “Right now I’m just focused on the doubles.”

The sisters will play doubles together at a grand slam for the first time since 2018 as Serena makes the most of her farewell event.

Together they have won 14 slam titles, winning every final they have contested, and Venus said she is looking forward to pairing up with her sister once again.

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“It was Serena’s idea,” she said.

“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.”

Serena was honoured before and after her first-round victory over Danka Kovinic on Monday night amid an electric atmosphere.

“I definitely watched it,” said Williams.

“I wanted to be there, but I had obviously an early start today.—Sky Sports

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