Has yet to lose a set at Wimbledon this tournament
Let’s face it; how many of us have paid attention to Venus Williams lately. Since little sister Serena donned that catsuit in the 2002 U.S. Open our eyes have been fixated on her ever since. Her tennis isn’t too shabby as well; Serena has won more Grand Slam events than Venus (8 to 6).
When the lights go on at Wimbledon, Venus is locked and loaded. Saturday, she’ll be playing in her 7th Wimbledon Final.
When Venus is focused, she shows and proves her talent
Venus Williams has seen peaks and valleys in her stellar career come and go like the seasons.
She has never won the Austrailian (January) or French Opens. (May-June) Some of her performances have been great, while there have been some that leave you wondering. Tennis is one sport where and individual can seemingly redeem themselves over and over no matter how bad the setback.
And more often than not, in the heat of July, Wimbledon has become sweet redemption for Venus Williams.
The year of 2008 began with a setback for Williams, as she lost in the Quarterfinals of the Austrailian Open as did sister Serena. As is custom when both Williams’ sisters do not play deep into any tournament, questions of their demise surface (to the delight of many). The Austrilian Open was no different as Williams was asked if their decline was imminent. Williams shot back, “Serena and I, we don’t have anything to prove. The way we’re playing still maintains what other women are doing in tennis. We still set a very high standard. I don’t get too caught up in what the next person thinks.”
After a series of early exits following the Austrailian Open, Venus took and indefinate leave she would not go into detail but did indicate, “I’ve just been having some issues that I need to resolve, so I’m working on that at the moment and I’m hoping to be back playing as soon as possible. I’m not going to get any further into it, but of course I love the sport.”The following day, Williams’s agent, Carlos Fleming, said, “This [is] not a hiatus. This is not a break from the tour. This was a limited window where she could get these [medical] evaluations before the three major tournaments and Olympics this summer. Venus has assured me that there’s no serious medical problem.”
In last month’s French Open, Williams entered as the 8th seed but was ousted by 26th seed Flavia Pennetta in the third round.
As Wimbledon approached no one knew what to expect, but past history would suggest that Williams was going to be around for awhile.
She hasn’t disappointed.
Venus has been dominant in this tournament as she has won all of her matches in straight sets capped off with a win in the semi-finals over Elena Dementieva 6-1, 7-6. In this match Williams had a serve clocked at 127 mph, a record for a woman at Wimbledon breaking her own record of 126 mph. She also holds the WTA record for a serve of 129 mph.
Facing a possible showdown with Serena on Saturday, Williams seems poised to win her 5th Wimbledon crown.
Wouldn’t you be proud to have a family of such talent?
- Pete Sampras and Billiie Jean-King are the only Americans that have won Wimbledon more than Willams in the Open Era (beginning at Wimbledon in 1968.
- She has more Grand Slam wins (6) than Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati.
- As far as the men go she has won Wimbledon more than Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick combined.
- She has as many Grand Slam titles as Boris Becker and more than Jim Courier, Rafael Nadal, and Pat Rafter.
Away from the court, Venus has fought for the womens game to be placed on a level playing field with their male counterparts in regards to prize earnings in the major events. Williams has played a huge role in having the women’s prize earnings equaled to that of the men for the French Open and Wimbledon.
Did I mention Serena’s Catsuit?
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.