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New York | Serena and Venus awarded doubles wild card to US Open

Venus Williams (R) and Serena Williams (L) last played doubles together at the US Open in 2014

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Serena and Venus Williams have been invited to compete together in the women’s doubles and have accepted a wild-card to enter the draw in what could well be their last appearance together. 

Remarkably, the sisters have won all 14 Grand Slam doubles finals they have contested, but the last one was back in 2016 at Wimbledon, and they have not played a major tournament together since the French Open 4 years ago.

Serena Williams’ farewell in the singles will dominate the US Open for as long as she remains in it, and there will be more emotion when she takes to the court with sister Venus at the US Open, giving her two shots at success.

For the 9th time in their careers, the sisters will play doubles as a pair in New York, where they lifted the trophy together in 1999 and 2009.

Serena (L) and Venus Williams last won the US Open doubles title in 2009

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They last played doubles at the US Open in 2014 and this is likely to be their final appearance together with Serena saying that she is ‘evolving away from tennis’ after New York.

While the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion signalled her farewell in Toronto to much fanfare, Venus’ pending retirement has been much more low key, with barely a hint that this too could be her last tournament.

Now ranked 608th in the world, Serena will play Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the 1st-round on Monday in the 1st match of the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, while 7-time Grand Slam winner Venus faces Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in the 2nd day session match on Ashe on Tuesday.

The women’s doubles matches begin on Wednesday.

Venus and Serena Williams won their first US Open doubles trophy in 1999

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