Tennis Star, Venus suffered a shock exit in the second round of the WTA Hong Kong Open yesterday, after she lost by 7-5, 6-2 to rising teenager Naomi Osaka.
Naomi who is a Japanese made the headlines earlier when she knocked German Angelique Kerber out of last month’s US Open in the first round, reeled off eight consecutive games at one stage to power into the quarter-finals.
“She played well,” said Williams, who has qualified for the WTA Finals Singapore later this month. “You know I made a few errors at 5-4 (in the first set) and after that, she played pretty flawless. I can only give her credit.
“I felt like I played offensively and hit really deep, hard balls, but she had the luck today and could return those balls even harder and deeper.”
The 37-year-old briefly rallied to 5-2 after going 5-0 down in the second set, but Osaka, 19, refocused after a pep talk from her coach and closed out the match on her serve after 1hr 24min.