Venus Wil­liams has earned her place in tennis his­tory

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It was 1997 when Venus Wil­liams made her de­but in a Grand Slam fi­nal, los­ing the U.S. Open to Martina Hingis. Many thought she shouldn’t be there. In 2017, Wil­liams made an­other Grand Slam ap­pear­ance. Again, many thought she shouldn’t be there.

Wil­liams, at 37, be­came the story of Wim­ble­don, ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal for the first time since 2008, which also was the last time she won a Grand Slam. On Satur­day, she lost in straight sets to Garbine Magu­ruza, but that didn’t di­min­ish her story’s lus­ter or her place in his­tory.

It was Wil­liams who pub­licly led the charge for equal pay at Wim­ble­don in 2005, win­ning the cause two years later. She then bat­tled her di­ag­no­sis of Sjo­gren’s syn­drome, an au­toim­mune dis­ease that causes fa­tigue and joint pain.

In 2017, she has reached two Grand Slam fi­nals, Aus­tralia and Wim­ble­don. She’ll have an­other shot when the U.S. Open be­gins Aug. 28.

If she makes the fi­nal again, it will be a sight to see.

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