Venus Williams started well in Citi Open on Monday, but she could not overcome too many errors in the service game.
Williams prevailed in the opening set, but the former No. 1 was defeated by 13 double faults, of which 11 occurred in the last two sets. Williams made a late error, which Rebecca Marino, the Canadian Tennis player, took advantage of to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in their WTA first-round encounter.
In the following post-match interview, the elder of the Williams sisters told the media that it was her first match in the current year. Therefore, she is still somewhat rusty, which has come out in her playing style today.
Williams’ first tennis tournament debut was well received by a full Stadium Court audience at Fitzgerald Tennis Center. At the start of the match and practically every time a changeover occurred, they clapped for the multiple Grand Slam champion (7 to be precise).
She said that it was fun and she was enjoying the game. Venus Williams also added that she wished she wanted to do her best to pull it through for her fans in the crowd and for her tournament. However, she says it does not work out as planned daily.
Venus Williams Played Her First Match This Year In Citi Open Debut:
Venus Williams played her first competitive tennis set in singles in almost a year and handled their vigor admirably. At 3-3, Venus broke the Canadian during Marino’s serve game, instantly solidified the break, and went on to win the set. Williams’ five service games in the set didn’t have a breakpoint.
In the second set, errors started to appear frequently. In the frame, she double-failed five times, which caused her first-serve percentage to fall from 74.2 to 57.1. Williams’ 2nd and 3rd service games were broken by Marino, who quickly won the second set 6-1.
Williams regained momentum in the third game, winning the first three and cutting the match’s lead to 4-1 by two.