Former World No. 1 Venus Williams is considered as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time but she has no plans of slowing down. In a recent interview, Williams revealed that she is planning to play until 2020 wherein she will retire following the Tokyo Olympics.
“I’m kind of targeting the next Olympics. That’s in, what, three-and-a-half years? And I’m not counting. Three years, sixth months, nine days—I don’t know! But I am targeting that to see if it’s possible to play there. I’ve played a long time, so there’s a part of me that says, hey, I should try to get a life outside of the court,” Williams told the Hallmark Channel (h/t Tennis.com).
“But while you’re out there playing, I love that challenge. I love the pressure. It’s all a privilege. If I can be out there, I will be,” she added.
The 36-year-old legend finished this season ranked No. 13 which is far cry from her position in 2011. She ranked 103rd in the world five years ago after being diagnosed Sjogren’s Syndrome but she has climbed back to play a good season for her age, per ESPN.
Venus Williams won just one title this season but she was able to make it to the fourth round of the US Open and the semifinals of Wimbledon. She also won Silver this past August in the Rio Olympics in the mixed doubles category with Rajeev Ram.
The older sister of current World No. 1 Serena Williams was first black American woman to be ranked first in the Open Era back on February 25, 2002. She is also a nine-time Grand Slam singles title winner with one Australian Open and French Open win.
Venus is a two-time US Open winner and a five-time Wimbledon champion. She is also a successful in Grand Slam doubles titles with a total of 14 titles. Finally, Venus Williams is four-time Olympic Gold medalist and she is planning to add one more at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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