Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka knocked out of the US Open final

Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open LAS VEGAS — Serena and Venus Williams took their doubles match against former top competitors in the world’s most…

Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka knocked out of the US Open final

Serena and Venus Williams knocked out of doubles’ play by Czech duo at US Open

LAS VEGAS — Serena and Venus Williams took their doubles match against former top competitors in the world’s most prestigious tournament and, with a little help from some extra equipment, they came up short.

Williams and Victoria Azarenka were eliminated from the women’s match midway through Wednesday’s final round after two straight double defeats. Williams was unable to get over the finish line against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, while Venus, who has only won against Azarenka once in a match she beat her in a 2012 Cincinnati Masters semifinal, was also pushed to the wire.

The pair of Williams and Azarenka will meet again in the quarterfinals, which was televised Wednesday night on CBS. The US Open champion and former top-five player Venus Williams will next face her doubles rival after they knocked out of this week’s final round on Wednesday, as well as some of the other finalists in women’s singles.

Williams, who won the year-opening US Open as a 20-year-old, was the only American to win the men’s final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last year. She and Azarenka played in the US Open final in 2012, and Williams beat Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

On the men’s side of things, Tsonga got past the quarterfinals, but he was no match for the Williams brothers. Andy Williams beat Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the semifinals, and Jamie Murray eliminated Roger Federer 7-6 (6-7), 7-6 (7-1) in the quarterfinals.

Murray and Federer will meet in the final on Sunday, and the top two seeds will meet in Sunday’s final.

Williams and the Williams sisters beat Raonic and Murray to begin the

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