Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams produced a vintage performance in the opening round at Auckland last week, beating fellow American Katie Volynets 7-6 (7/4), 6-2. But she exited in the last 16 to China's Zhu Lin.
Venus Williams will roll back the years next month, with the 42-year-old accepting wildcards to play in the main draws of both the Australian Open and the Auckland WTA tournaments, it was announced Wednesday.
In a on-court interview, Serena Williams was seen crying and she credited her sister Venus for achieving massive success in the sport.
Serena and Venus Williams' glittering Grand Slam doubles career was brought to an abrupt end at the US Open on Thursday
The Williams sisters were a dominant force in Grand Slam doubles tennis, winning 14 titles as well as three Olympic gold medals
The US Tennis Association announced the recipients ahead of the August 29 start of the year's final Grand Slam tournament at New York
The seven-time Wimbledon singles champion is set to step up preparations for the All England Club by playing doubles in the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne, but her scheduled practice session on Monday was cancelled
Iga Swiatek now has 35 wins in a row, the joint-longest winning streak by a women's player in the 21st century along with Venus Williams, who had achieved the feat in 2000.
World number one Iga Swiatek puts her 32-match unbeaten run on the line in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday against Jessica Pegula. If she goes on to win Saturday's final, she would equal Venus Williams' longest run by a women's player in the 21st century.
Tennis great Serena Williams on Wednesday took to Twitter to call out The New York Times after the newspaper erroneously used a photo of her sister Venus in a report on her new venture capital firm.