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Indian Wells Masters. Venus Williams, 43, exited her return to tennis in the first round.

By triji Mar 8, 2024

Venus Williams, who was the recipient of an invitation extended by the organization, proved that her participation in the Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells was not so absurd as to be considered silly.

However, the Japanese player Nao Hibino (2-6, 6-3, 6-0) was able to knock out the American player, who was playing her first match since the 2023 US Open. The match took place on the evening of Thursday, March 7 and continues until Friday, March 8.

Venus Williams, the undisputed champion of the United States, was defeated in the first round of the Masters 1000 tournament on Thursday in Indian Wells, California, United States. The tournament was once again disrupted by rain. As was the case on Wednesday, the first round matches were stopped late in the afternoon by rain, which is quite uncommon in the desert of California.

Ever since she was eliminated in the first round of the United States Open on August 29, Williams had not competed anyplace. By a score of 6-1 and 6-1, the American’s loss to Greet Minnen was the most lopsided loss she had ever suffered in her career, which included 100 matches at the big tournament that she had won in 2000 and 2001.

Following the conclusion of Thursday’s loss, which resulted in Williams being broken for the seventh time in a total of twelve service games, she walked to the net to offer her congratulations to Hibino. She then exited the court with a smile and a wave, while a significant portion of the audience stood to voice their approval.

Williams, who was formerly rated number one but is now placed outside of the top 450, won her most recent Grand Slam championship at Wimbledon in 2008. Since then, she has played very little tennis, in part due to injuries. In 2019, she made her most recent participation at the Indian Wells tournament.

Despite the fact that she is still capable of delivering stinging serves and huge backhands, her performance this time was rife with errors, including ten double-faults.

After they had only finished two games in conditions that were windy and cool on Wednesday night, the play was stopped because of heavy rain. Williams was no longer required to wear the long-sleeved white blouse and black leggings that she had worn the previous evening when play started a started almost 14 hours afterspension. The sun was shining, the temperature had risen above 70 degrees (20 degrees Celsius), and the sun was shining.

Veronika Kudermetova, the 17th seed, will be the opponent for the 80th-ranked Hibino in the second round of the Indian Wells tournament. Hibino entered this match with a career record of 0-3 overall at Indian Wells.

Naomi Osaka, who has won four Grand Slam titles, Emma Raducanu, who won the 2021 U.S. Open, Caroline Wozniacki, who won the 2018 Australian Open, and Danielle Collins, who finished in second place at the 2022 Australian Open, were among the winners on Day 2 in the desert that had a busy program due to the weather that occurred the night before. A showdown with No. 1 Iga Swiatek, who defeated Collins in three sets at the Australian Open in January, is on the horizon for Collins. Meanwhile, Osaka’s triumph over qualifier Sara Errani, which she won 6-3, 6-1, helped her to advance to the next round, where she will face No. 14 Liudmila Samsononva.



By triji

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