Williams sisters together again after doubles wildcard

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Venus Williams and Serena Williams in action Credit: PA Images
Venus Williams and Serena Williams in action Credit: PA Images

It has been over four years since the Williams sisters teamed together, but they will reunite for at least one more tilt at glory.

The sisters announced their arrival at the US Open in 1999 when they claimed the first of their 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.

Serena and Venus Williams have won the US Open doubles title twice ten years apart.

“Venus Williams and Serena Williams will headline the women’s doubles event at the 2022 US Open after receiving a wild card,” the announcement from USOpen.org reads.

“The full list of men’s and women’s doubles wild cards was announced on Saturday. For the ninth time in their careers, the sisters will play doubles as a pair in New York.

“The Williams sisters won the US Open doubles tournament together in 1999 and 2009. The siblings have earned 14 Grand Slam titles together, most recently at Wimbledon in 2016. They last played doubles at the US Open in 2014, and at any Grand Slam tournament in 2018.

“The 14 doubles teams to receive wild cards are all all-American pairs.

“They also include Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov, who won their first WTA tour-level doubles title earlier this summer in Hamburg, Germany, and two teenage pairings: Clervie Ngounoue and Reese Brantmeier, and Nicholas Godsick and Ethan Quinn, who triumphed in the girls’ and boys’ doubles finals, respectively, at the USTA 18s National Championships earlier this month.

“In his first tournament after turning professional, Ben Shelton will also play doubles: After receiving a singles wild card by virtue of winning the NCAA collegiate national championships, he’ll play doubles with Christopher Eubanks.”

Despite making it clear that she will ‘transition away from tennis’ after the US Open, Serena Williams refused to rule out a future return to action.

“I mean, I don’t know. I think so, but who knows?” Serena said as she appeared on “A Conversation with Champions” panel.

Serena did go on to say that she was highly unlikely to turn out in Australia when asked if a trip to Melbourne might occur.

“Yeah, no. I mean, I don’t think so,” said Serena in response to a question from co-moderator and TODAY show anchor Sheinelle Jones.

“You never know,” the tennis star added. “I’ve learned in my career, never say never. So that’s important.”

Serena added that she doesn’t like the term or concept of retirement.

“I have never liked the word retirement,” she wrote. “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution.”

US Open doubles wild cards

The full list of US Open doubles wild cards includes:

Women’s
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov
Robin Montgomery and CoCo Vandeweghe
Katrina Scott and Elizabeth Mandlik
Peyton Stearns and Ashlyn Krueger
Hailey Baptiste and Whitney Osuigwe
Clervie Ngounoue and Reese Brantmeier
Men’s
Nicholas Monroe and Keegan Smith
Max Schnur and Hunter Reese
Christopher Eubanks and Brian Shelton
Alex Michelsen and Sebastian Gorzny
Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson
Brandon Holt and Govind Nanda
Nicholas Godsick and Ethan Quinn

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