Citi Open: Venus Williams loses to Rebecca Marino on return to singles

Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus suffered a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Rebecca in a 1 hour 52 minute clash on Monday night.

Williams said, “Just a little bit of rust. I’ve really put myself in good shape in the third set as well. Just trying to clear out some rust. That’s all that can be expected. I’m just one I can play more tournaments and play better.” after the match.

In a clash between two excellent servers, the superiority of the first delivery was the determining factor. Williams won nearly three-quarters of her first serve in the opener to take a one-set lead, where she never suffered a breakpoint.

Merino, however, won 86 percent of her first-serve points in a commanding second set, indicating she could hang on with Williams’ great power game, as she did in her lone pre-meeting 12 years ago at the 2010 US Open. did in. Where Williams won in two close sets.

The 31-year-old made his comeback after an absence from the tour between 2014 and 2017, and his results have steadily progressed to the point where he broke into the top 100 last month for the first time since 2014.

The Canadian giant’s recent successes helped in the final set, where Williams took a 4-1 break. Marino cleaned up his unforced errors in the third set, and found good serve at crucial points, including facing a break point at 4-3 to sweep the final five games.

Williams, on the other hand, struggled with double faults down the stretch in her singles return. Williams had 13 double faults in the match, including four in his last two service games.

Williams, 42, hasn’t played a single match since her first-round loss to Hsieh Su-wei in Chicago last August and the American giants are currently unranked. However, she did not make it to the Citi Open solely because of match experience.

Williams teamed up with Jamie Murray in the Wimbledon mixed doubles, winning one and suffering a narrow second round defeat in one of the best matches of the tournament.

At both Wimbledon and Washington, Williams displayed good form and fitness against solid players, even in her losses. She will now go to the WTA 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, where she will be entered over the next two weeks.

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