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US Open: Serena focuses on 4th round tie after doubles exit

Twenty three Slam singles winner Serena Williams is focusing on facing Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic later today for a place in the fourth round singles of the ongoing US Open.

Serena Williams closed one chapter on her epic Grand Slam story at the US Open on Thursday while Victoria Azarenka triumphed in a politically-charged grudge match.

For the first time since 2018, Serena and sister Venus revived the partnership which has brought them 14 doubles titles at the majors.

However, their hopes of collecting a third crown in New York were dashed in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat to Czech pairing Linda Noskova and Lucie Hradecka.

The loss leaves 40-year-old Serena free to focus on what is widely expected to be the final singles campaign of her landmark 27-year career before retirement.

Serena and her 42-year-old sister went down fighting, clawing back from 1-4 down in the second set before the Czech pair steadied the ship.

“I’m still in shock that we won because this is the first time we played together,” said Hradecka.

“I’m so sorry that we beat them but we are so happy that we did it.”

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