WIMBLEDON, July 2 (US): Asked two days before her start at the 24th Wimbledon Championships if she was still excited about playing tennis at this level, Venus Williams quickly replied: “It’s so much fun.”
The next question on Saturday was about touring without her younger sister, Serena, who ended her career at the US Open last year. The answer: “Not much fun.”
There remains a swinging Grand Slam winning member of the Williams family in women’s tennis, 43-year-old Venus, who recently returned to action after nearly five months with a hamstring injury she describes as a “nightmare.”
This followed a 2022 tournament in which she competed in just four competitions — all in August or September, meaning she missed the first three Grand Slam tournaments of the season, including Wimbledon — and a 2021 tournament in which she collected just a dozen contests, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
“I haven’t played a lot of games in the last few years, not by my own choice. I wanted to be here and not I could.” “So I put my head down and do a little more work and got myself in a much better position — that’s life. And you have to deal with life. And I’ve dealt with my life, and most of the time, I’ve been on top.”
In terms of tennis, that means reaching the No. 1 ranking, winning seven major singles titles, the most active among women — five at Wimbledon, the first in 2000, the last in 2008 — and another 14 in women’s doubles — all with her sister. Off the court, I learned to live with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that impairs energy and can cause joint pain; She announced her diagnosis in 2011.
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