Venus Williams bowed out of the US Open in the first round for the first time in her professional career on Tuesday , losing in straight sets to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.
The 40 – year- old Williams , making her 22 nd appearance at Flushing Meadows in a career that has spanned four decades, was beaten 6 – 3 , 7 – 5 .
It marked Williams ’ second consecutive first round defeat at a Grand Slam event after exiting the Australian Open at the same stage in January .
The seven- time Grand Slam champion has not been past the third round at a Slam event since 2017 .
Williams however has no plans to hang up her racquet , revealing after her loss that she is already looking ahead to the rescheduled French Open and clay court swing through Europe.