Through her vlog published on Saturday, Venus Williams gave some news. While it was assumed that she had retired in the wake of her younger sister Serena after the US Open, the American does not rule out playing again in 2023 on the circuit. The Williams sisters are definitely keeping the mystery alive as to a possible (double) comeback.
One Williams can hide another. While Serena Williams’ intentions are still the subject of much speculation, her older sister Venus has not yet officially announced her retirement from tennis. At 42, the American with 49 titles, including 7 in the Grand Slam, could even go back for another round. That’s what she said in a video published on Saturday on the Internet. In this vlog, she gave news to her fans and explained that she had not cut with the sport, far from it.
“Honestly, I’ve been playing a lot of tennis lately. A lot of people ask me if I’m going to play again (on the tour). I love tennis and I would love to play again. I don’t know when yet, but I’ve been on the court a lot. Right after my doubles match with Serena at the US Open, I booked a court the next day and then I just kept going,” revealed the eldest Williams sister.
4 MATCHES PLAYED ONLY IN 2022
Before going into more detail: “I had a lot of fun and worked on a lot of things, especially my forehand and my serve, the most important shot in modern tennis. If you play tennis, take care of your serve, hit it hard and especially increase your first ball percentage. (…) I also worked on my slice. Usually I use the slice about once a year, and yesterday in practice I slice four times in the same point, which is a world record for me. I also worked on my volleys and had a lot of fun. I even did a couple of serve-volleys and that felt good.”
Plagued by increasingly recurring physical problems in recent years, particularly in her legs, Venus Williams has played only four singles matches in 2022, losing four times last summer in Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open. She also suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that was diagnosed in 2004, and has dropped to 1017th in the world.
But she seems motivated to come back. Physically, she continues to maintain herself in earnest. “I’ve also been going to the gym a lot, especially to build up my legs. I don’t have quadriceps and if I could order them on Amazon, I would,” she noted, not without some self-deprecation. So did the Williams sisters really hit their last balls in competition at Flushing Meadows last September? The mystery remains.
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