The 33-year-old tenacious tennis talent may currently be in the shadow of her former great self, but we’d say the World No. 36 is poised for a comeback. Even though the powerful player hasn’t won the tournament since she went back to back in 2000 and 2001, she did prove to be extremely competitive in 2010. Plus, we can’t forget Venus Williams has a whopping seven Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals to her credit. In a nutshell, the girl can win, and she’s been through a whole lot to prove it. At the 2011 U.S. Open, Williams announced to the world her troubles with the autoimmune disease Sjorden’s Syndrome and had a series of near career-ending injuries, but the dedicated athlete still hasn’t given up. And win or lose, that’s something to be admired.
“Coming back from injury, you have to build the confidence to just realize that you can come back and play without pain,” she says. “So I feel like I’m in that threshold of building confidence, and I really want to be able to play matches before the U.S. Open. That’s a lot of what happened to me at the French too. I played an intense and a really fun, exciting match, but I hadn’t played any matches. So it was like just a tough situation to be in. Do you play or don’t you play?”
After a tough 3-hour match on August 28, Williams lost to Jie Zheng in the singles tournament, but she has made it to the doubles semifinals with sister Serena.
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