Williams Sisters Could Give Opponents ‘Double Trouble’ At The U.S. Open

By Richard Kent
Updated: July 10, 2007

CONNECTICUT — The Williams sisters were forced to withdraw at Wimbledon in doubles before a second round match. Serena had injured her wrist,thumb and calf in singles when she fell to Justine Henin.

Venus also had a variety of injuries despite the fact that she won the All-England Tournament. Their father, Richard, wanted them both to withdraw, but they both perservered.

Although not ranked and the recipients of a wild card, they were favored by many to win the doubles’ crown. The surface at Wimbledon is perfect for their very strong serves.

They won the Wimbledon doubles’ in 2000 and 2002. They requested the wild card through one of their agents. Serena and Venus have 10 doubles titles playing as a team.

They’ve also won all four slams (Australian, French, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) in that span.

Serena has a combined doubles mark of 45-7 and Venus has a mark of 40-7. Pretty heady stuff if you consider all the singles’ titles they have between them.

Martina Navratilova is considered the best doubles’ players of all time in the sphere of women’s tennis. She has won events with many different partners and is still playing as she approaches the age of 50. The Williams sisters are not far behind. They have not played competitive doubles together since 2003.

Both Venus and Serena have been on a hiatus from tennis over the past three years to pursue other interests. Sure they have won events, but they really have not played that much.

There’s little doubt after the success that Serena had at the Australian and Venus had at Wimbledon that they will be back in their familiar territory at the US Open in August.

There’s also no doubt that both will be playing singles and it’s expected that they will play doubles as well. If they play in events leading up to the U.S. Open, they should be able to obtain a ranking and qualify for the Open doubles. If not they will almost certainly receive a wild card.

What better draw is there in New York than them?