Serena and Venus Williams – Linda Noskova and Lucy Hradika: US Open Doubles – LIVE! | 2022 US Open Tennis

Venus and Serena Williams are now 40 and 42 respectively, so they’re not quite at the peak of their careers anymore – although one of them just beat the world No 2 – but in their day they were arguably the most formidable doubles team in history. How good? Their all-time record in grand slams as a team is 125-14. At the Olympics it’s 15-1, and in tournament finals it’s a ridiculous 22-1.

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Altogether they have won 14 grand slam titles as doubles partners (to go with their mere 30 singles titles). It’s actually been a while since they played together in a grand slam – they reached the third round of the French Open in 2018. Their last grand slam doubles title came in 2016 at Wimbledon.

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So, what are their chances this time? If Serena’s remarkable run in the singles continues it wouldn’t be a surprise if she pulls out of the doubles to conserve energy. But make no mistake, even in their 40s, the sisters are capable of making a deep run.

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First set: Williams / Williams 2-2 Noskova / Hradecka * (* denotes servers)

Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are the No. 2 seed in the women’s doubles. Or they were: they just lost to Canadian/Australian duo Layla Annie Fernandez and Daria Savile. You might remember that Fernandez reached the singles final last year.

Returning to Arthur Ashe, Noskova advances and falls back onto the field at 30-15. She fell for a few moments but was soon back on her feet, holding on to her serve.

1st group: *Williams / Williams 2-1 Noskova / Hradecka (* servers indicate)

Serena’s role of service. And it continues its level from yesterday as Williams advances to 40-15. But the double mistake allows the Czechs to return and soon we are in the devil. But some strong serve from Serena decided the match in the Americans’ favour.

First set: Williams / Williams 1-1 Noskova / Hradecka * (* denotes servers)

Teenage Noskova serves first for the Czechs – young people know no fear and so on. She sends out an ace to make it 30-15, so it’s not a bad decision at all. Another good serve helps finish the match.

Group 1: * Williams / Williams 1-0 Nosková / Hradecká (* indicates servers)

Noskova took a bathroom break Even before the match starts. But you’d be nervous about facing the Williams sisters, too. In any case, Venus serves Noskova first. Veteran Hradika hits the net, and may have had nerves as well, to give the Americans a 15-0 lead. Venus has some problems tossing the ball early – it’s a quiet night and the sun is setting, so it’s not a problem with conditions. It doesn’t matter, they grab easily enough and are on the board.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is at the ESPN booth and has played the Williams sisters in doubles. She says the two sisters are Hall of Fame players based solely on their doubles skills. Mattek-Sands also complements Hradecká’s service, which ranks it as one of the best on the tour.

And the players on the field. First comes the Czech team Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká for … maybe four cheers. I imagine the next pair will have a slightly higher reception. But first we get a video presentation in which we are told that Williams are good at tennis, all things considered. This is good information for the future.

And then they came out: Venus in white and green, and Serena in black. Yes, there is a lot of cheer. Although I wouldn’t say it’s deafening, it probably reflects that this is my husband and that the stands are still not crowded as the evening crowd slowly rolls in. They might still be on the road watching the Mets at CitiField (the Mets hit the Dodgers 5-3 in the eighth, in case you want to know. Which you might not know).

Williams opponents tonight A mixture of youth and experience. Linda Noskova is only 17 years old and this is her first Grand Slam doubles appearance. She is currently ranked outside the top 200 in doubles, although that may be due to her inexperience rather than her inability. Her partner is a veteran of the ring though. At 37, Lucy Hradika has been a professional for 18 years, and has two Grand Slam titles, including the US Open in 2013. She may be past her peak, but she’s still a top 20 doubles player, so she’ll be This match does not walk on Williams.

We’ve talked a lot about Serena’s possible retirement after the US Open, But is this the last time we see Venus? She is, after all, the older sister and barely played last year due to injury. When she lost to Allison van Uytvanck in the first round of singles here in New York, she was asked about her future and she only said, “Right now I’m just focusing on the doubles.”

Amid Serena’s brilliance, it’s easy to forget how good Venus has been over the years. This was her 91st appearance in a major singles event, a record in the Open Era. She has also won Wimbledon five times, trailing Martina Navratilova (nine), Serena (seven) and Stevie Graf (seven). Oh, and her Flushing Meadows record isn’t bad either: She won the singles title twice in the early 2000s and doubles twice.

Preamble

venus and Serena Williams They are now 40 and 42 respectively, so they’re not at the height of their career anymore – although one of them just beat World No. 2 – but in their day they were arguably the most amazing doubles team in history. How good? Their historical record in Grand Slams as a team is 125-14. In the Olympics, the score is 15-1, and in the finals of the tournament it is ridiculous 22-1.

In total, they have won 14 Grand Slam titles as doubles partners (taking only 30 singles titles). It’s already been a while since they played at one of the Grand Slams together – they reached the third round of the French Open in 2018. Their last Grand Slam title was in 2016 at Wimbledon.

So, what are their chances this time? If Serena’s impressive singles run continues it wouldn’t be surprising if she pulled out of the doubles to conserve energy. But make no mistake, even in their 40s, the sisters are capable of taking a deep run.

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