Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said it was fun to play in Washington even though she felt "rusty" on the court and didn't play her best tennis. Williams, 42, played her first singles match of the year on Monday night in Washington.
Unfortunately for Williams, she fell just short of winning as qualifier Rebecca Marino claimed a 4-6 6-1 6-4. After easily losing the first set, Williams bounced back at the start of the third set and led 4-1. Then, Williams collapsed as Marino won the last five games of the match to complete a three-set win.
"Yeah, it's my first match, so I didn't think I played well a lot of the times. Just a little rusty. I really put myself in good positions in the third set, too. Just trying to shake off some rust. That's just to be expected.
All I can do is just play another tournament and play better," Williams said, per Sportskeeda.
Williams: It was fun to play in Washington
At the age of 42, Williams made her Washington debut. Williams was received extremely well and she was grateful to the crowd that came out to support her.
"Yeah, it's so much fun. I wish I could have pulled this match through for the crowd and for the tournament. But doesn't always work out. Super reaction. DC is a great place to play tennis, and Mark does an amazing job with the tournament.
Yeah, it was so much fun to play in DC It was nice to have the crowd behind me. Haven't played a singles match in a year, so definitely a great experience," Williams said. Now, Williams will turn her focus onto the National Bank Open in Toronto, which kicks off next week. It remains to be seen if Williams can clinch her first singles win of the year at the Canadian Masters in Toronto.