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Venus wants to play 2012 Olympics

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LONDON -- The competitive fire is still burning in Venus Williams and, unlike some of her contemporaries who extinguished their careers early, the five-time Wimbledon champion plans to stick around until at least the 2012 Olympics.
Having watched rivals like Justine Henin take early retirement at the top of their games, the 29-year-old Williams is still hungry for success after contesting seven of the nine finals at the All England Club since the turn of the millennium.
"I want to play the [2012] Olympics here," Williams said.
"It's really not that far off. It's just, what, three years. So I definitely would love to be playing the Olympics here and representing, going for more golds."
Since making her debut in southwest London as a giggly teenager in 1997 with a head full of braids and beads, Williams has seen top players like Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati fall victim to burnout.
But Venus and her younger sister Serena still have the drive to win.
"Serena and I, we often talk about that. Wonder what happened to them [the players who retired early]," Williams said.
"We're still here and we're not leaving, so ... I don't see anything changing for a while."
While on other courts Venus can often get lost in the crowd, she adopts a regal air the moment she steps on to Wimbledon's lush green lawns and strikes fear into her opponents with the sheer force of her game.
She can equal Billie Jean King's tally of six Wimbledon singles titles over the next fortnight and the third seed was relishing the prospect of retaining the title that she won 12 months ago without dropping a set in the entire tournament.
"It's fantastic to look up and see a good number by your name, and it equals the Wimbledons. It's great to be a part of history. I already am," she said.
"If I can step it up a notch, it will be even more of an honor."
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The Capriati reference was poor and ill-fitting. She may have burnt out as a kid, but then she came back and won Slams, and fell off the tennis planet in 2004 because of injuries and not burn-out. The "second" Capriati is the one who faced Venus.
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WTAWorld needs to step to each and every one of the Queen's decisions and hopes for the future.
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After 2012, who will represent US tennis. Probably no one. Damn Russians taking over!

Venus, Serena gone, then US tennis is .

Roddick, oh gosh, please retire, lol.

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She can so do it!

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After 2012, who will represent US tennis. Probably no one. Damn Russians taking over!

Venus, Serena gone, then US tennis is .

Roddick, oh gosh, please retire, lol.
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on topic, I cannot express how special I think Venus and Serena are. I appreciate them sooo much. Maybe my love developed slowly over time unlike say Sharapova, Seles and Capriati, whom I loved right away, but I really do appreciate both sisters, particularly Venus.

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This is old news.

Good to hear it again, though. Love old GOOD news.
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I thought 2012 Olympics is where she was retiring? That's what I read somewhere on here
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I thought she even wanted to play 2016...

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I thought she even wanted to play 2016...
She hinted at this, too. We'll take it as it comes! At least we know we have her until at least the Olympics in 2012 (she would definitely play the Open after that, too if she were to retire in 2012).
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She hinted at this, too. We'll take it as it comes! At least we know we have her until at least the Olympics in 2012 (she would definitely play the Open after that, too if she were to retire in 2012).
personally i think we could have her until at least 2013.

if she wins every wimby from here till 2012 she'll be at 9 and i think she'll definitely stick around one more year to win her 10th to send Martina into cardiac arrest.

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personally i think we could have her until at least 2013.

if she wins every wimby from here till 2012 she'll be at 9 and i think she'll definitely stick around one more year to win her 10th to send Martina into cardiac arrest.
Can you say: Tonya Harding!
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Can you say: Tonya Harding!
Vee would play and win on one leg.

Martina would then

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not surprised, but will she play at 2016 Chicago Olympics?

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