“I Was Just So Rusty”: Venus Williams Reflects on Her Disappointing Loss Ahead of US Open 2021

Published 08/24/2021, 2:53 AM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 30: Venus Williams of The United States of America reacts in her first round match against Jennifer Brady of The United States of America on day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at La Caja Magica on April 30, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


Tennis fans woke up ecstatic today as they geared up for the return of the titan. After almost a 2-month long break, American legend Venus Williams returned to the court. Featuring in the WTA Women’s Chicago Open, a roaring crowd, greeted the 41-year-old tennis great. However, as delightful as her returning was, it did not end the way fans expected.

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Venus Williams was one of the most prolific stars taking part as the WTA tour reached the XS Tennis Village. Undoubtedly, her comeback to the sport after an unprecedented sabbatical was the highlight of the day. However, the attention soon shifted to a rather surprising result as Venus bowed out of the tournament in shocking style.

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World No. 73, Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out Venus Williams in a dominating straight-set victory. As fans glared, stunned, Venus took a moment to open up on her disappointing loss.

“I was just so rusty”- Venus Williams

Undoubtedly, the former World No. 1 would’ve loved to dedicate a win to her support from the stands. However, coming back from an inevitable break was never going to be easy.

Addressing the same, but not frizzled by it, she said, “I definitely wish I could have won today. I was just so rusty. I’d love for the conditions to continue where we’re able to play sports on the South Side, because it’s really beautiful here.” 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Venus last played a competitive game of Tennis at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Ever since her exit, she had stayed off-court, leaving fans wondering about her future. Hence, her comeback in Chicago was twice as special, as it gave fans hope to see the legend at the upcoming US Open.

Reciprocating their love with appreciation, Venus said, “Great to see the crowd and the support I got out there. I was like so delighted and so unexpected.”

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Time for the homegirl to shine?

Venus is by far one of the most decorated players in the sport. Her legacy in the game is eternal and unquestionable. Despite her recent run of form, surprise defeats, injury forced withdrawals, and unfortunate outings, she remains among the best in business. However, with age catching up now, the 41-year-old’s career hangs in doubt.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

As the world gears up for the US Open, fans are hoping to see the Williams sisters run back the clock and set fire to the court in New York. In a more realistic world, however, is a Grand Slam for Venus still on the cards? Or is it time to accept the forbidden truth?

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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