Serena and Venus Williams will once again make history on Thursday (September 1).
The sisters are slated to square off against Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova this evening in the first opening-round doubles match held at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The sisters have won 14 doubles titles together. If they win tonight, they will make history as the second-most wins for women’s doubles championships in the Open Era. Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver currently hold the record with 20 wins.
Last month, Serena, 40, announced her plans to retire from tennis and so far has been victorious in the first two rounds of the singles tournament, including a three-set win over Anett Konavelt on Wednesday (Aug. 31).
Williams announced her retirement last month in an essay written in Vogue magazine’s Sept. 2022 issue. In it, she didn’t specifically use the word “retirement” but did say she was moving on. Serena Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion, second only to Margaret Court who has 24 wins and retired in 1977.