Venus Williams has earned her place in tennis history
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.