Venus Williams bows out in US Open first round

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open

Venus Williams bowed out in the first round of the US Open on Friday, as she finished at a shocking 9-16 against Japanese qualifier Seiji Nagashima.

Williams, 25, had been hoping to continue on in the women’s singles competition, despite a few days rest, and she would have been buoyed by the US Open’s $1 million prize money for the best men’s and women’s singles at a new stadium. But she could not beat Japan’s Nagashima, who is the world No. 1 and is the first player to reach the final of the US Open men’s and women’s singles over the same three weeks.

“I’m just excited for life right now,” she said. “I really don’t know what I’m going to do next.”

Williams said that she is a changed person since the last time she played in the US Open.

“I’m totally different. I love tennis and I love this sport. And right now I really love it,” she said. “I never thought I had an opportunity to win the US Open. I feel like I did.”

Williams had announced she was going to withdraw from the tournament before the first round began, and had been expected to play in the first round. But she then decided to bow out.

“Obviously there are no guarantees in life. But I have to move on now,” said Williams. “I’ve had a wonderful run and I’ve had a lot of fun and have met some wonderful people over the last three weeks. But it’s a different challenge, a different point of view.”

Nagashima made Williams’s life difficult. The 26-year-old Japanese man came through qualifying with wins over the top-10 players in the US Open main draw in the WTA’s first open section. He then played Williams and won in a four-sets-to-three match, then lost to Roger Federer in the next two sets.

Nagashima, the top-ranked man in men’s doubles, will play fellow countryman Kei Nishikori in the doubles final Saturday.

Nag

Leave a Comment