yesterday at 6:24 p.m., Update yesterday at 6:49 p.m.
Venus Williams lost 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 against the young Swiss Céline Naef (202nd) on the gr of the WTA 250 tournament in s’Hertogenbosch, in ‘s-Hertogenbosch ( Netherlands) for his return to the courts on Tuesday.
Williams, soon to be 43 (she will be on Saturday), had not played since January and the Auckland tournament in Australia, where she suffered a hamstring injury.
The American, titled seven times in Grand Slam, including 5 times at Wimbledon, but fallen beyond the 600th place in the world ranking, easily won the first set by taking the service of her opponent when she was leading 4- 3.
But leading 5-4 in the second set, serve to follow, Williams then experienced a fatal air pocket.
Céline Naef and just 17 years old, fell in the first round of Roland-Garros qualifying, took the opportunity to break her in turn, push her to the tie break and equalize a set everywhere.
Serena’s big sister, who played her last match in September 2022 at the US Open, collapsed in the last set, saving a match point despite everything, before losing the match in 2h19 minutes , on a last game of expedited service from his opponent.
The Swiss will face in the next round the winner of the meeting between the two Americans Katy Volynets and Katy Mcnally (seeded N.8).