By India Today Sports Desk: American great Venus Williams, who celebrated her 43rd birthday in June, wants to extend her playing career till the age of 50. The former World No.1 is set to make her 24rd appearance at Wimbledon, where she is a five-time champion.
Williams has been handed a tricky first-round draw as she is scheduled to face off against Elina Svitolina, the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final. Williams pointed out that playing till the age of 50 has never been done before, so she eyes to tick off that mark.
"It's never been done before, so if there was one to try it, it would be me," Williams said ahead of the 2023 Wimbledon.
While Williams' younger sister Serena, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, retired at the 2022 US Open, Venus refused to unveil her future plan.
“If I did (evolve away from tennis),” Venus said, “I wouldn’t tell you.”
“These tournaments (referring to the US Open) mean a lot to me and Grand Slams mean the most to me. So, it would be a privilege to play there, but at the moment, I’m very focused on this event (Wimbledon). The US Open is so far away right now.”
Venus played just five matches over a span of six months. She won two matches in Auckland, New Zealand in January, but then had to take a break of over six months due to a hamstring injury.
“A nightmare — and a terribly difficult rehab,” Venus said. “I haven’t played a lot of matches in the last few years — and not by choice. So I wanted to be [playing] and I couldn’t. I put my head down and put even more work in and got myself in a much better position.”
Venus played three matches on grass in S'Hertogenbosch and Birmingham. She lost two of those matches, but her victory against Camila Giorgi was particularly impressive, lasting over three hours. When asked if she was serving as an inspiration for the 35-plus age group, she denied it by shaking her head and saying no.
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