WASHINGTON. Venus Williams lost to Canada’s Rebecca Marino on Monday, returning to singles after more than a year off.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington in her first singles match since last August.
Before a tough preparation for the US Open, Williams played singles for the last time in Chicago on August 23, 2021 when she lost to Su-Wei Sei. Williams played mixed doubles with Jamie Murray at Wimbledon.
As for the women’s team, top seed Jessica Pegula and former world No. 1 Simona Halep took the lead.
Pegula beat American Hayley Batiste 6:2, 6:2. Halep beat Spain’s Cristina Buxa 6-3, 7-5 after adapting to a different surface after the grass season.
“I did well at Wimbledon, so it’s always hard to start,” Halep said. “But I’m very happy that I won this match and I can play another match here.”
For men, former No. 1 Andy Murray lost his first match 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1 to Swede Mikael Ymer. At the end of the first set, Murray went into convulsions and struggled to recover.
“Of course it was a disappointment,” Murray said. “I thought the tennis was good in the first set. After that we both fought a bit physically. The level of tennis was low.”
Countryman Kyle Edmund defeated qualified Yosuke Watanuki 6–4, 7–6 (8) to win his first singles match at ATP Tour level since October 2020.