One can bet that Venus Williams would love to have a reset for this year’s disappointing French Open Result on Sunday. She was upset in the first round by Qiang Wang of China 6-4, 7-5.
It was the first time in 3 tries that Wang was able to defeat Venus. The stat that hurt Venus the most in the match was her unforced errors, in which she had 35 compared to only 14 for her opponent.
With the defeat, it is the first time in her career that Venus has lost in the 1st round of 2 straight majors, as she also went out early at the Australian Open in January.
This year has started as a huge contrast to 2017 when Venus had a surprising resurgence. She reached the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and made it to the semi-finals at the US Open. A remarkable achievement considering that she is now 37 years old, well past the prime of the average tennis player.
Have we seen the last of Venus making deep runs in future Grand Slam tournaments? To be fair, her best success has come at the 2 remaining majors. Her 7 Grand Slam trophies are from her 5 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles.
Venus isn’t quite done with the French Open, though. She and Serena have entered the tournament in doubles. It is the first Grand Slam event they have played in together since winning Wimbledon in 2016. They will be looking to win their 15th Grand Slam title.
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