Venus Williams: No willy-nilly WDs

Updated: August 27, 2014, 7:39 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- Venus Williams won't consider dropping out of doubles in order to focus on -- and save energy for -- singles, even if she advances to the third round for the first time in New York since 2010.

Two of Venus' seven Grand Slam singles trophies came at the US Open.

And she can get to the third round by beating Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland on Wednesday.

"I don't think that's wise, because the doubles is a title. When they say your name and they say so-and-so has X number of titles, guess what? Those doubles ones feel real good," Williams said. "For me, the doubles is very serious. It's not, 'Oh, let's play for fun.' Those are Grand Slam titles that I am trying to win.

"So I never would withdraw from a Grand Slam competition, singles or doubles, lightheartedly."

The 34-year-old American is entered in doubles with younger sister Serena.

They have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles as a team.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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