At 42, Venus Williams has not yet said if she definitely intends to leave her racquets in the bag. But this defeat in the first round of the US Open against Alison Van Uytvanck (6-1, 7-6 ) could well spell the end of the presence of the eldest of the Williams sisters on the site of Flushing Meadows. The organizers of the US Open had also planned a ceremony, but Venus chose to go directly to the locker room after her defeat.
Because beyond all questions, there was a match. And in the first set, Williams showed that it would be really difficult for her to become competitive again at the highest level. The very hard score of the first set only faithfully reflected the difference in level between the American and the Belgian ranked 43rd in the world.
Van Uytvanck slowed the pace at the start of the second run and Williams took the opportunity to hang on to whatever she could. Nourished by the fervor of the public who wanted to believe in it as much as she did, Williams sometimes found attitudes of her finest hours. But when it was necessary to conclude, Van Uytvanck knew how to tighten the game to complete the match in two sets.