‘They’ve done so much for the sport’ – Canadian Open tournament director hints at a possible final appearance for Venus and Serena Williams

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Legendary sister duo Venus and Serena Williams have reached the twilight of their incredible careers. With no Grand Slam titles in a long time and long intervals between tournaments, the two are certainly not at the top of their game. Previously, they were out for nearly a year before returning to the circuit in the grass season. While they are still two of the most popular players, many consider retirement not too far away.

However, both have denied any immediate such plans. For now, they’re focused on the American hard-court season. While Venus made her first hard court appearance of the season at the Citi Open, Serena will make hers in Toronto.

As the two sisters arrive for the tournament in Canada, the Canadian Open Tournament Director has ensured a great experience for the legends.

Do we see the Williams sisters at the Canadian Open for the last time?

Speaking before the tournament started, director Karl Hale said they would give Serena and Venus the best experience. He also hinted that this might be the last time they play in the tournament.

“Both have a really special place with me and I have a very close relationship with them. They have done so much for the sport and we want to give them a great (eventually) last experience in Toronto,” he said.

Additionally, he explained how Serena and Venus still enjoy huge fan followings in Canada. It also affected ticket sales.

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“The fans have responded in an incredible way since we announced they would be playing, and ticket sales have skyrocketed. It’s just great for us to have them here in Toronto,” he added.

Serena Williams starts her campaign today

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Serena Williams will begin her campaign at the National Bank Open today. She will face Spanish tennis star Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the round of 16.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 13: Serena Williams serves during her match against Venus Williams during the Top Seed Open – Day 4 at Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

While Serena got a wild card for the tournament, Diaz made her way after winning the first qualifying match. However, she lost the second match but entered the main rounds as a lucky loser.

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The 31-year-old Spaniard has never played against Serena in her career. Whoever wins will play the second round against Belinda Bencic or Tereza Martincova.


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