Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open
Serena Williams and Venus Williams were left stunned by a pair of Czech doubles partners Saturday after their stunning defeat to the pair in the semifinals at the US Open.
The US Open is the 15th time the two have faced each other at a Grand Slam doubles event and they were playing their ninth contest in singles, including the last 14 times they have played this season.
“I was definitely shocked,” Venus Williams said of her defeat in the first set. “I was definitely surprised because we’ve been through so much. I don’t know what was going through her mind. But I’m really proud of our team. They did such a good job.”
Williams’s only service game resulted in a 6-1, 6-5 victory for the sixth-seeded Williams over Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic’s No. 1 doubles team. Venus followed with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Czech No. 3 pair Lucie Hradecka and Lucie Safarova.
The Williams sisters will now meet up again in the singles final Monday at 7 p.m. ET from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Serena Williams made history in 2012, becoming the first woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Helen Wills Moody in 1938, with her US Open championship in singles. She beat World No. 1, and her country’s all-time No. 1 singles player, Justine Henin, in the finals of the 2011 Rogers Cup.
Williams is still the only player in the women’s tennis history of the US Open to clinch both the singles and doubles titles with the same player.
“It’s something I’ll never forget because it was so special,” she said. “Justine is a great player and we were so proud of her. Also, I was so honored to win the doubles at the US Open. It was so fun to watch her play and watch the whole US Open match.
“I’m just happy with the way things went for me and what I ended up doing. I had a couple chances to win in the first set, and