Former world No. 1 Venus Williams is on holiday in Paris in the run-up to the 2022 season and her presence reminded her of her memories of the French Open. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, has never won a singles title at Roland Garros.
However, Williams captured two French Open titles in the women’s doubles and one in the mixed doubles. Williams was close to winning the French Open in 2002, but then she finished second in the tournament. “Being in France reminds me of my memories of the French Open.
Picking a few to share from this year,” Williams wrote in an Instagram post.
Williams teams up with Cori Gauff
Williams’ only doubles appearance in 2021 came at the French Open, where she teamed up with emerging American star Gauff.
Williams and Gauff suffered a close loss in the first round as Ellen Perez and Saisai Zheng won 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-3. Williams also played the French Open singles, but didn’t do much as she lost easily to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round.
“So much fun playing with you!!” Gauff responded to Williams’ post. Recently, coach Rick Macci recalled his first impression of Venus and Serena Williams. Macci was one of the first coaches to work with the Williams sisters and he said he knew they “would go beyond the sport”.
“I wasn’t impressed at first. But when they started competing, it was brutal,” Macci said during his interview with YouTube channel Tweener Head. “I’ve seen a lot, I’ve never seen two little girls run so fast and almost fall over to get a ball.
Fast, strong, fast. And they would go for the jugular vein.’ The Williams sisters are absolute tennis legends and they have always had a strong bond. “Venus and I have worked so hard. To this day we work side by side in practice.
We motivate each other. As I said on the pitch, every time she won her match, I felt obliged to win – I have to win too. The motivation she gives me is unparalleled,” said Serena Williams.