Aug 31, 2022
By Jane Brown
Past U.S. Open champions Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu all have lost in straight sets in the first round of the New York Grand Slam.
Williams, who won two of her seven major titles at the U.S. Open, was beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets Tuesday.
Their match came a day after Serena Williams won her first-round match in a much fuller and louder Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Venus, who turned 42 in June, has not made any announcements about her future in tennis, unlike her younger sibling, who plans to retire “sometime after the U.S. Open.”
Osaka is also a two-time title winner at the U.S. Open and was beaten by Danielle Collins.
Raducanu became the third defending champion at Flushing Meadows to bow out in the first round, eliminated by Alize Cornet.
(The Associated Press)