The former world number one Venus Williams crashed this Monday at the WTA Chicago Open tournament when she fell in the first round against the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei with two sets 6-2, 6-3.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, who is the oldest player in the draw at 41, spent just 67 minutes on the court in a first-round match at the Washington Park tennis facility on the South Side. from Chicago.
The older Williams now has a negative 3-9 record on the season and has seen her ranking drop to 147 in the world.
It was one of the biggest career victories of Taiwanese Hsieh, ranked 81st, as she improved to 11-12 on the season. She reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open earlier this year, losing to Japan’s Naomi Osaka with a double 6-2.
Williams, who has 49 career WTA titles, had her serve broken four times.
On the other hand, the Colombian María Camila Osorio succumbed to the Swiss Viktorija Golubic, sixth seeded, with scores of 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
– Monday’s results at the Chicago WTA tournament:
Elina Svitolina (UKR / N.1) to Clara Burel (FRA) 5-7, 6-1, 2-0 abandonment
Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Aldila Sutjiadi (INA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA / N.7) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-2, 7-6 (7/3)
Tereza Martincova (CZE) to Sorana Cirstea (ROM / N.3) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) defeated Venus Williams (USA) 6-2, 6-3
Rebecca Peterson (SWE) to Marie Bouzková (CZE) 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (8/6)
Viktorija Golubic (SUI / N.6) to María Camila Osorio (COL) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 1-0 abandon
Markéta Vondroušová (CZE / N.5) defeated Quinn Gleason (USA) 6-2, 6-0
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-1, 6-3
Alize Cornet (FRA / N.9) to Ann Li (USA) 6-7 (8/10), 6-0, 6-4. (AFP)