Venus Williams
Williams at the US Open/ Twitter

39-year-old former champion, Venus Williams has been knocked out of the US Open by Fifth seed Elina Svitolina on Wednesday, Concise News reports.

Trailing 5-3 in the second set, seven-times Grand Slam champion Williams saved five-match points to hold serve in a dramatic 22-point game.

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The 24-year-old Ukrainian, who has reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the past two years, struggled to convert break points throughout the match, winning just four out of 17.

Svitolina, who beat Williams in the first round at Roland Garros this year, called the American an “inspiration”.

“I had to stay very focused,” said the 24-year-old Ukrainian. “She’s a very experienced player so she knows how to handle (these) moments.”