By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
The 33-year-old Venus Williams stumbled, bashed the tennis ball into the net, and lost to 56th-ranked Zheng Jie of China on a rainy Wednesday match at Flushing Meadows. This is now the third year in a row that the two-time champ has been eliminated from the US Open after just two rounds. She’s been suffering from a disease that drains her energy for the past couple of years, as well as a bad back.
“The last few months haven’t been easy, coming back from the back injury, one of the more challenging injuries I’ve dealt with,” she said. “I feel like it’s definitely affected my game, but I’m working on it. I’m a fighter. Just like today, I didn’t play my best, but I tried as hard as I could. Tried not to get down.”
Does she believe it’s time for quits? No. Williams says, “…I’ll continue playing matches. For me it would be awesome if I could play another match right away, but unfortunately I have to wait weeks to play. That stops the momentum. Maybe this fall I’m going to maybe enter consecutive tournaments, so even if I do have a bad match I can hopefully play sooner so I can just get some rhythm.”
Her sister, Serena Williams, continues to dominate in the US Open. Even after taking a nasty fall in her match against the Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva, the top seed and defending champion beat Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0.