Venus Wil­liams looks for sixth Wim­ble­don ti­tle — at age 37

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Daniel Leal-Oli­vas, Getty Images By Chris Le­hourties

LON­DON» Even at 37 and with five Wim­ble­don ti­tles to her name, Venus Wil­liams still has that over­whelm­ing de­sire to win.

And she’s show­ing it again this year at the All Eng­land Club, where she will face Gar­bine Mugu­ruza on Satur­day in her ninth Wim­ble­don fi­nal.

“I’m def­i­nitely in the po­si­tion I want to be in,” Wil­liams said. “It’s a long two weeks. Now, knock­ing on the door for a ti­tle. This is where I want to be.”

Wil­liams has quite a his­tory at the grass-court ma­jor, win­ning her first Grand Slam ti­tle in Lon­don in 2000. The last of her seven ma­jors came at the same place in 2008.

Shortly af­ter that, in 2011, Wil­liams an­nounced she had Sjo­gren’s dis­ease, an en­ergy-sap­ping ill­ness that also can cause joint pain. She missed some big tour­na­ments, and made sev­eral early ex­its at the ma­jors.

But she has bounced back, play­ing some of her best ten­nis over the last 12 months. She reached the Wim­ble­don semi­fi­nals last year, and the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal this year.

On Satur­day, she’ll be play­ing for the Venus Rose­wa­ter Dish for the ninth time in her 20th Wim­ble­don ap­pear­ance.

The per­son on the other side of the net also has ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in the last week­end on Cen­tre Court. The 23year-old Mugu­ruza played for the ti­tle in 2015, los­ing to Venus’ lit­tle sis­ter, Ser­ena Wil­liams.

Ser­ena isn’t at Wim­ble­don this year be­cause she is preg­nant and tak­ing the rest of the sea­son off. But Venus will likely be check­ing in with her for some ad­vice ahead of Satur­day’s match.

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