Serena and Venus Williams are reunited in doubles at the US Open

serena And Venus Williams Getting their sister act back for doubles at the US Open.

The American siblings, who won their 14th women's doubles Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, were both given wild-card entries by the US Tennis Association on Saturday, making it their first tournament as a team in more than four years.

Serena announced this month that she was preparing to end her playing career, and while she didn't say outright that the US Open would be her final event, she hinted that it would be.

Serena, who turns 41 next month, and Venus, who turns 42 in June, won the women's doubles championship at the US Open in 1999 – the year Serena won her first major singles trophy as a 17-year-old in New York – and 2009.

Their other Grand Slam wins in doubles: six at Wimbledon, four at the Australian Open and two at the French Open. Last came to the All England Club in 2016.

They also won three double gold medals at the Olympics.

Their combined total of 30 major trophies in singles is 23 for Serena and seven for Venus.

The sisters have not competed anywhere in doubles as a pair since losing in the third round of the French Open in June 2018.

Since then, Williams has each entered two doubles events with other partners.

For Serena, one was with Caroline Wozniacki in January 2020 and the other was this June with Ounce Jabeur – which came in Eastbourne, England, in a grass-court tune-up ahead of Wimbledon. It marked Serena's return to competition after nearly a year away from the tour.

She went 1-3 in singles in 2022, including a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, and said less than three weeks ago that “the countdown has begun” to the end of her time as a professional player so she can focus on having another child and her business interests. .

For Venus, the first doubles event since 2018 was with Harriet Dart in June 2019, and the other was with American teenager Coco Gough at last year's French Open. In singles, Venus was off the tour for nearly a year until returning to a tournament in Washington this month.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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