Venus has chance to shine in own right
FOR the first time in nine years, Venus Williams hopes she can emerge from the largest and most celebrated shadow in women’s tennis – her sister Serena.
At 37 years and 29 days, Venus faces Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon women’s singles final, intent on tapping into Serena’s aura.
“I don’t know that I play exactly the same way she does. But I really tried to be inspired by it,” Venus said of Serena, who is pregnant and off the circuit until next year.
“I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have. I did think of that. I tried to do the would do.
“Yeah. For me it’s just about betting on myself every time. When I look across the net, I don’t think it’s the right mentality to believe in that person more than me.
“It doesn’t mean that I’ve won every time, but I’ve tried to give myself the best chance no matter what the circumstances were.”
Victory would leave the American as the second oldest champion in history behind Charlotte Cooper Sterry, who was 37 and 296 days in 1908.
Williams last contested an All England Club title match in things she 2009 – when she was whelmed by Serena.
Wimbledon champion five times – 2000- 01, ’ 05 and ’ 07- 08 – Williams is competing at the All England Club for the 20th year.
Muguruza is more than aware of the Williams siblings’s extraordinary record at Wimbledon.
The French Open winner has been studying the tournaments honour boards in the past 12 days.
“I would like to see my name there hopefully,” she said. “I’m here, I have another chance. I’m trying to be simple, and that’s it.” over-