Aunty Venus Wil­liams hun­gry

Sunday News - - TENNIS - DAR­REN WALTON

DECLAR­ING age just a num­ber, Venus Wil­liams has ar­rived down un­der in­tent on keep­ing the Aus­tralian Open tro­phy in the fam­ily.

While her sis­ter Ser­ena isn’t ready to de­fend her crown just four months af­ter hav­ing her first child, Aunty Venus is des­per­ate to go one bet­ter than last year’s de­feat in a retro all-Wil­liams ti­tle de­cider.

‘‘What else could you do be­side try to win and be con­fi­dent on court and beat who­ever’s across the net,’’ Wil­liams said when asked if she hoped to win the Open for the first time. ‘‘What else do you hope for?’’ Turn­ing 38 in June, Wil­liams would be­come the old­est grand slam cham­pion in his­tory if she raised the Daphne Akhurst Memo­rial Cup Jan­uary 27.

But the for­mer world No 1 and

Venus Wil­liams.

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