Venus Williams Loses U.S. Open

The tennis champion many know as Venus Williams, lost the U.S. Open after only two rounds on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

She lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to Zheng Jie of China at Flushing Meadows. Unfortunately, this is Williams’ third consecutive year losing the competition. Many have blamed her bad back for the change in performance. Questions have surfaced as to whether or not her time on the court is almost up, but she isn’t ready to give up just yet.

“The last few months haven’t been easy, coming back from the back injury, one of the more challenging injuries I’ve dealt with,” she says to the Associated Press. “I feel like it’s definitely affected my game, but I’m working on it. I’m a fighter. Just like today, I didn’t play my best, but I tried as hard as I could. Tried not to get down.

“So I’ll continue playing matches. For me it would be awesome if I could play another match right away, but unfortunately I have to wait weeks to play. That stops the momentum. Maybe this fall I’m going to maybe enter consecutive tournaments, so even if I do have a bad match I can hopefully play sooner so I can just get some rhythm.”