Serena and Venus Williams v Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká: US Open doubles – live! | US Open Tennis 2022

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Set 1: *Williams/Williams 3-2 Noskova/Hradecka (* denotes server)

Venus serves. The Americans led 30-0 and cemented the advantage with a penalty serve that was too good for Norskova. What followed was a beautiful moment for the teenager as she traded a series of fiery forehands with Venus, who was 25 years her senior. She also won that point, and we’ll be evenly split soon. Two errors gave the Czech a break point, Venus saved it with a fine serve and Hradka floated wide. Venus made another double fault – her serve was a little shaky today – but it ended up being another serve from Williams.

First set: Williams/Williams 2-2 Norskova/Hradka* (* indicates server)

Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula are the No. 2 seeds in women’s doubles. Or they are: They just lost to Canadian/Australian duo Leylah Annie Fernandez and Daria Saville. As you may recall, Fernandes reached the singles final last year.

Back at Arthur Ashe, Noskova threw the ball 30-15 and fell on the court. She fell to the ground for a moment, but quickly got back up and kept her serve.

Set 1: *Williams/Williams 2-1 Noskova/Hradecka (* denotes server)

It was Serena’s turn to serve. She continued her form from yesterday with Williams leading 40-15. But a double fault put the Czechs back in and we were quickly tied. But some strong serve from Serena sealed the game for the Americans.

First set: Williams/Williams 1-1 Norskova/Hradka* (* indicates server)

The teenage Noskova served first for the Czechs – youngsters are fearless and so on. She delivered an ace to make it 30-15, so overall it wasn’t a bad decision. Another good serve helps close the game.

First set: *Williams/Williams 1-0 Norskova/Hradka (*represents server)

Norskova rests in the bathroom before the game starts. But you also get nervous with the Williams sisters. In any case, Venus served Noskova first. The experienced Hradka volleyed into the net, and perhaps she was also nervous, giving the US a 15-0 lead. Venus had some issues with his early toss – it was a quiet night and the sun had set, so it wasn’t a condition issue. Regardless, they’re easy to grasp and they’re on the board.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands played doubles with the Williams sisters on ESPN’s booth. She said the sisters are Hall of Famers based on their doubles skills alone. Mattek-Sands also praised Hradecká’s serve, which she considers one of the best on the tour.

The players are all on the field. First up was the Czech team of Linda Nosková and Lucie Hradecká… maybe four cheers. I imagine the next pair will get a slightly louder reception. But first we got a video presentation in which we were told that the Williamses were very good at tennis, all things considered. This is good information for the future.

And then they came out: Venus in white and green, Serena in black. And, yes, there was a lot of cheer. While I wouldn’t say it was deafening, perhaps reflecting that it was doubles, the stands were still not packed as the party crowd slowly poured in. Maybe they’re still on the road watching the Mets at CitiField (the Mets are beating the Dodgers to go 5-3 in the 8th, in case you were wondering. You probably didn’t).

williams opponent tonight It is a combination of youth and experience. Linda Noskova is only 17 years old and this is her first appearance in a Grand Slam doubles event. Her current doubles rankings are outside the top 200, though that may be due to her inexperience rather than lack of ability. However, her partner is a veteran of the tour. Lucie Hradecká, 37, has been a pro for 18 years and holds two Grand Slam doubles titles, including the 2013 US Open. She may be past her prime, but she’s still in the top 20 in doubles, so this game will be a no-walk for the Williamses.

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 a sister after all, and she barely played last year because of injuries. When asked about her future in her singles first-round loss to Alison van Uytvank in New York, she simply said: “Right now I’m just focusing on doubles.”

In Serena’s brilliance, it’s easy to forget what Venus has done over the years. It was her 91st major singles event, an Open-era record. She has also won Wimbledon five times, behind only Martina Navratilova (nine), Serena (seven) and Stephen Graf (seven). Oh, and her record at Flushing Meadows isn’t bad: she won the singles title twice and the doubles title twice in the early 2000s.


Venus and Serena Williams are now 40 and 42, respectively, so they are no longer at the top of their careers – even though one of them just beat world No. 2 – but in their day, They are arguably the strongest doubles team in history. How good? Their all-time record in majors as a team is 125-14. It was 15-1 at the Olympics and a ridiculous 22-1 in the tournament final.

Together, they won 14 Grand Slam titles as a doubles partner (only 30 singles titles). In fact, they haven’t played a Grand Slam together in a while – they reached the third round of the French Open in 2018. Their last Grand Slam doubles title was at Wimbledon in 2016.

So, what are their chances of winning this time? If Williams’ stellar performance in singles continues, it won’t be surprising if she quits doubles to save energy. But don’t get me wrong, the sisters are capable of deep runs even in their 40s.

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