Resurgence, Not Retirement on Venus Williams’ Mind

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, October 11th, 2015 | 0

She’s was one of the most feared tennis players on the women’s circuit before an illness called Sjögren’s syndrome struck her in 2011. Consequently, she was forced to withdraw from a number of tournaments that led to a downfall in her rankings. She was down, but not beaten. She fought her odds off and came back on the tour. And the resurgence, ever since, subsists. Such has been the story of Venus Williams!

At an age where tennis players usually enjoy the second innings of their life, the 35-year-old Venus is in her quest to ascend to the zenith of women’s circuit, once again. Her intentions became even clear when she surprised one and all with a supreme triumph at the Wuhan Open last week, where in process she overcame the likes of top 10 players – Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza.
This seems to have bolstered her morale as she rubbishes retirement talks and opens up about the upcoming tournament in Hong Kong that can potentially earn her a place in the WTA Finals – an elite eight-player annual event in Singapore.

“This season has been great… of course you could ask for more,” Venus told AFP, reports Yahoo. “I want to win titles — I want to maybe take some more home. There’s still time this year. The time to retire is when you’re going backwards, when you can’t maintain the level of the game and improve, or when you’ve had enough. I’m at neither of those points yet. It comes to everyone, I just don’t know when for me.”

Besides her title triumph in Wuhan, Venus had also clinched the ASB Classic in Auckland earlier this year. She followed up with a decent show at the Australian Open 2015, where she went through to the quarter-finals (lost to Madison Keys). Subsequently, she backed her resurgence by winning both her Fed Cup rubbers in the United States of America’s tie against Argentina.

Venus, however, had a rather tepid outing in the middle of the season, before making a terrific comeback at the prestigious US Open 2015. By progressing to the semi-finals, she set-up a clash with her younger sister and World No. 1 Serena Williams, but lost out on a hard-fought three-set battle.

Currently placed 11th in the ‘Road to Singapore’, Venus will look to dig her way to the tournament by making merry at Hong Kong Open, which is slated to kick-start from Monday.

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Mass Media student from the University of Mumbai. Also, a huge Cricket enthusiast and a Tennis fanatic, with a smattering of other sports.

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