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Chicago Women’s Open: Venus Williams crashes on the first round

Venus Williams received a wildcard for the US Open

Seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Venus Williams fell in the first round at the Chicago Women’s Open after receiving a wild card.

It comes after their world rankings dropped to 147, their lowest level since 1997.

At the age of 41, the oldest person in the draw, former world number one Williams, lost 6: 2 and 6: 3 to Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei.

Elsewhere at the WTA 250 tournament, Briton Heather Watson was injured while she was 6-2 and 1-0 down against Romanian Ana Bogdan.

At the Cleveland Championships, Brit Tara Moore was beaten in the first round by Linda Fruhvirtova 6-4 7-5.

US Open qualifiers begin Tuesday, with seven British players hoping to make it into the peloton alongside Johanna Konta, Watson, Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Andy Murray.

Williams was awarded a wildcard for the Grand Slam – in which she won the individual title in 2000 and 2001.

The US Open will take place from August 30th to September 12th.

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