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Rebecca Marino of Canada defeats Venus Williams in the opening round of the Citi Open.

Rebecca Marino of Canada upsets Venus Williams in the first round of the Citi Open.

Key Takeaways:

  • On Monday, Venus Williams was upset by Canadian Rebecca Marino in her first singles match in almost a year.
  • Edmund, who was previously the top-ranked Brit and reached the 14th position in the world, was sidelined after undergoing three knee surgeries.

In her first singles match nearly a year, Venus Williams was defeated by Canadian Rebecca Marino on Monday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion attributed her loss to being rusty.

Williams’ first singles game since last August ended in a loss to Washington’s Citi Open, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Williams admitted, “I didn’t think I played good a lot of the time.” “I’m merely attempting to remove some rust. That is only to be anticipated. I can just play in another event and get better at it.”

Williams last competed in singles in Chicago on August 23, 2021, losing to Su-Wei Hseih before the hard court warm-up for the U.S. Open. At Wimbledon, Williams and Jamie Murray played mixed doubles.

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Before the competition, Williams rehearsed with her sister and former doubles partner Serena, which is unusual for them.

Venus remarked, “I believe it was a huge delight for the fans to see us hit together. “I think the major thing was that the competition was incredibly thrilling,”

Marino, who is 31 years old, will proceed to the Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Top-seeded Jessica Pegula and a previous top-ranked Simona Halep advanced in other women’s match action.

Hailey Baptiste, an American, was defeated by Pegula 6-2, 6-2. After adjusting to a new surface after the grass-court season, Halep overcame Cristina Bucsa of Spain 6-3, 7-5.

Halep stated, “I had a nice run in Wimbledon, so it’s always challenging to start. However, I’m thrilled to have won the game and be able to play here again.

Rebecca Marino of Canada upsets Venus Williams in the first round of the Citi Open.
Rebecca Marino of Canada upsets Venus Williams in the first round of the Citi Open. Image from Sportsnet

On the men’s side, former No. 1 Andy Murray was defeated by Swede Mikael Ymer in his opening round 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1. After the opening set, Murray experienced cramps and had a hard time recovering.

Naturally, it was disheartening, Murray remarked.

“I thought the first set of tennis was excellent. Following that, both of us were having some physical difficulty. The tennis wasn’t played at a very high level.”

Kyle Edmund of his native country won his first ATP Tour-level singles match since October 2020 by defeating qualifier Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-6(8).

After undergoing three knee surgeries, Edmund, who was once the top-ranked Brit and rose as high as 14th in the world, was out of action.

Edmund saw himself back on the court in situations like this during recovery.

“There were long intervals when I was just unavailable to play and didn’t pick up a racquet. It simply wasn’t enjoyable, “said he. You envision these kinds of games or situations when you’re not around.

Source: CBC News

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