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Venus Williams suffers her most lopsided US Open loss: 6-1,


Venus Williams suffers opening round defeat at US Open 2023, Ons Jabeur wins amid illness

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The venerable Venus Williams, making her unprecedented 24th appearance in the singles draw of the US Open, suffered an untimely exit from a decisive defeat against Belgium’s Grete Minnen on Tuesday.

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At the age of 43, Williams received a wildcard entry into the tournament, but suffered a shock 6–1, 6–1 defeat to Minnen on the grand stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium. According to a Reuters report, it was the biggest blow for the veteran American at the US Open since his debut in 1997.

Speaking after her remarkable 100th US Open match, Williams shared, “My preparation was undeniably limited. However, I believe this did not significantly affect the crux of my performance. There were instances where my The footwork faltered, especially on several backhands that I failed to connect due to misalignment of my feet. Such situations are not surprising when court time is reduced.”

Prior to the tournament, the seven-time Grand Slam champion had featured in only nine tour-level matches throughout the year, and had only three wins within that time frame.

In the face of Minnen’s strength, Williams was trailing 0–4 in the first set, eventually holding serve to earn her first point. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old Minnen displayed an impressive shot variation and maneuvered Williams across the court. Winning the opening set, Minnen raced to a quick 5–0 lead in the second set, eventually sealing her victory as Williams’ forehand shot went into the net.

Reflecting on his opponent’s performance, the former world No. 1 applauded, “I really have to give him the nod. To be honest, it was nothing short of remarkable. Looking at his current form, no one could see him ranking in the top 10.” 1 spot, or even better, winning a Grand Slam – such is the potential he has displayed at this level.”

Minnan’s next opponent is another American, Sachiya Vicky, who is ranked world number 204. Their encounter would be only the second instance of such a feat in Minnan’s career in search of a Grand Slam third round appearance.

** Jabeur conquered adversity even in the midst of illness **
In a different tale within the women’s singles draw, last year’s runner-up, Ons Jabur overcame physical challenges during her 7-5 7-6(7-4) victory against Camila Osorio.

Venus Williams suffers her most lopsided US Open loss: 6-1,image credit-the sun chronicle

The Tunisian athlete, who lost in the Wimbledon final last month, struggled with shortness of breath throughout the match, with bouts of frequent bouts of coughing. Evaluated by a medical professional at the conclusion of the first set. Despite these obstacles, Jabeur showed resilience against her Colombian opponent and earned her 50th Grand Slam singles win.

Commenting on the tough match, Jabeur told during his on-court interview, “It was not an easy match. His performance was outstanding. Sadly I am not at my optimum today. When asked, I honestly acknowledged my state of discomfort. His response was to acknowledge my spirit as a competitor, and I apologized for needing the intervention of a medical professional. I was injured or injured on the court. I understand the challenges facing an unwell player, and I admire his sportsmanship.”

Jabeur’s upcoming challenge includes a match against Linda Noskova of Czech Republic in the second round.

There were some surprises on the day for the leading players in the women’s draw, with second-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and American Jessica Pegula securing their victories in straight sets. However, seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France suffered a 6-4, 6-1 defeat against Wang Yafan of China.

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