After more than a year away, tennis legend Venus Williams gets knocked off the Citi Open during the first round. She lost to Rebecca Marino 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. This is her first singles match since August 2021.
“I didn’t think I played well a lot of the times,” Williams said. “Just trying to shake off some rust. That’s just to be expected. All I can do is just play another tournament and play better.”
Prior to the Citi Open, Williams played mixed doubles with Jamie Murray at this year’s Wimbledon. She also played in Chicago last year.
Leading up to the US Open, Williams practiced with her former doubles partner Serena Williams, which is not routine for the two.
“I think it was a real thrill for the crowd to see us hit together,” Venus said. “I think more than anything, it was just very exciting for the tournament.”
Pegula beat Hailey Baptiste 6-2, 6-3. Halep, on the other hand, beat Cristina Busta 6-3. 7-5.
“I had a good run in Wimbledon, so it’s always tough to start,” Halep said. “But I’m really happy I won the match and I can play another match here.”
On the men’s side, Andy Murray also lost in his opening match to Mikael Ymer. “It was disappointing, obviously,” Murray said.” I thought there was some good tennis in the first set. After that, both of us were struggling a bit physically. The level of the tennis was not great.”
Kyle Edmund defeated Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-6(8). This is his first ATP Tour-Level singles match since October 2020. He was out for some time while he recovered from three knee surgeries.
“There was long periods where I was just out, couldn’t play, didn’t pick a racket up. … It just wasn’t fun at all,” he said. “These sort of matches or these events are something you imagine when you’re out.”