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Gumbycat
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:47 PM
Venus seeks sixth Wimbledon title


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LONDON -- The competitive fire is still burning in Venus Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=403) 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 (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=398) 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."

Leo_DFP
Jun 21st, 2009, 05:55 PM
The Capriati reference was poor and ill-fitting. :o 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.

RenaSlam.
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:01 PM
WTAWorld needs to step to each and every one of the Queen's decisions and hopes for the future.

nfl46
Jun 21st, 2009, 06:10 PM
After 2012, who will represent US tennis. Probably no one. :( Damn Russians taking over! :rolleyes:

Venus, Serena gone, then US tennis is :wavey:.

Roddick, oh gosh, please retire, lol.

charmedRic
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:28 PM
She can so do it!

mboyle
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:31 PM
After 2012, who will represent US tennis. Probably no one. :( Damn Russians taking over! :rolleyes:

Venus, Serena gone, then US tennis is :wavey:.

Roddick, oh gosh, please retire, lol.

Alexa Glatch and Melanie Oudin aren't half bad. Then you have (surprise) a whole crew of up and coming African American prospects who look like the real deal to me. That Shay Shelbey girl is that her name? And then of course Madison Keys. I'm not too worried.

mboyle
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:33 PM
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.

In The Zone
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:34 PM
This is old news. :p

Good to hear it again, though. Love old GOOD news. :D

mckyle.
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:38 PM
I thought 2012 Olympics is where she was retiring? That's what I read somewhere on here ;)

iGOAT
Jun 21st, 2009, 08:55 PM
I thought she even wanted to play 2016...

In The Zone
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:11 PM
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).

young_gunner913
Jun 21st, 2009, 09:39 PM
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. :p

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. :)

vwfan
Jun 21st, 2009, 10:38 PM
personally i think we could have her until at least 2013. :p

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! :lol:

young_gunner913
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:47 AM
Can you say: Tonya Harding! :lol:

:haha: Vee would play and win on one leg. :)

Martina would then :timebomb:

sakya23
Jun 22nd, 2009, 12:51 AM
not surprised, but will she play at 2016 Chicago Olympics?

KournikovaFan91
Jun 22nd, 2009, 01:31 AM
Look who is confident Chicago will win.

Temperenka
Jun 22nd, 2009, 02:56 AM
I think she will call it quits after US Open 2012 or YEC 2012, depending on the year.

Serenita
Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:01 AM
I think she will call it quits after US Open 2012 or YEC 2012, depending on the year.
:sad:

Justin SW
Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:03 AM
I hope so and would like serena to do so as well :bounce:

I have an orgasm thinking they could play until Chcago in 2016 :)

mckyle.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 03:16 AM
I think she will call it quits after US Open 2012 or YEC 2012, depending on the year.

Did you mean depending on the city? :p The year you stated is 2012 ;)

CoolDude7
Jun 22nd, 2009, 04:21 AM
Venus will want to go out on a good note. If she wins in 2012, I could see her walking away in style. If she loses, she prolly will play the open.

wujianwei
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:31 AM
she is capacity at that time for sure

wishes

the jamierbelyea
Jun 22nd, 2009, 05:44 AM
Oy... I forgot that the Olympics would be here in 2012.

I think it would be forseeable at the very least to see Vee and Ree as a doubles team in 2016, thinking that they may take time out of singles by then?

Tammy will be 35-36 then? If it's grass I would hope she would keep on to the Olympics! hah

Rafito.
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:24 AM
Not gonna happen girlfriend.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 22nd, 2009, 06:25 AM
I would love her to play:bounce:. But we'll have to wait and see who are the top US players in 3 years time :bounce:.

Lord Choc Ice
Jul 19th, 2009, 01:41 AM
I just remembered this. To be honest I don't know. Even with their limited schedules it looks like both Venus and especially Serena are held together with tape a lot of the time. It would be cool though.

mckyle.
Jul 19th, 2009, 01:47 AM
I would love her to play:bounce:. But we'll have to wait and see who are the top US players in 3 years time :bounce:.

Lol.

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:05 AM
not surprised, but will she play at 2016 Chicago Olympics?

Honestly I think Venus will be retired by 2012 and Serena likely by early 2014 (one more shot at her best slam, the Australian Open).
If Chicago gets the Olympics, I wouldn't be surprised if they both came out of retirement to play doubles.
There's a special feeling you get from winning an Olympic medal in your own home country.

It propelled Lindsay Davenport probably to a multiple grand slam winner.

Matt01
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:09 AM
After 2012, who will represent US tennis. Probably no one. :( Damn Russians taking over! :rolleyes:


What a classless moron you are :rolleyes:

mckyle.
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Honestly I think Venus will be retired by 2012 and Serena likely by early 2014 (one more shot at her best slam, the Australian Open).
If Chicago gets the Olympics, I wouldn't be surprised if they both came out of retirement to play doubles.
There's a special feeling you get from winning an Olympic medal in your own home country.

It propelled Lindsay Davenport probably to a multiple grand slam winner.

I think they will most likely retire at the same time, or Serena will retire before Venus, but I doubt Venus will retire first.

Miss Amor
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:20 AM
Not gonna happen girlfriend.

Are you trying to sound cool ? The people in your signature are contradicting that effort . Might as well try jumping from a plane and land ass-crack-first on one of them, if you want to look "cool".

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:21 AM
I think they will most likely retire at the same time, or Serena will retire before Venus, but I doubt Venus will retire first.

They didn't start playing at the same time so what makes you think that Serena wants to retire at the same time.

This is what I'm going to say in defense of my viewpoint.

Chris Evert probably stayed in the game 2 years longer than she should have.
But that didn't stop her from making a final at the Australian Open in 1988.

Magic happens for Serena at that slam as it did for Monica Seles and Martina Hingis.
If you know how to play on plexicushion/rebound ace, a player can continue to play way after their prime.

Once Serena hears the chorus of her being washed out and that she needs to retire, she's the type of player who will step it up just to prove all the naysayers wrong.

delicatecutter
Jul 19th, 2009, 02:41 AM
Good for her. :yeah: She definitely has the athleticism to play at a high level for a few more years. :)

KournikovaFan91
Jul 19th, 2009, 03:11 AM
Are you trying to sound cool ? The people in your signature are contradicting that effort . Might as well try jumping from a plane and land ass-crack-first on one of them, if you want to look "cool".

Most of his sig are fabulous and cool actually.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 19th, 2009, 03:31 AM
Venus and Serena both have definite plans to play through 2012 and if Chicago gets the Olympics in 2016, they have said they would stay on through then.

miffedmax
Jul 19th, 2009, 03:59 AM
2000 rematch brewing.

Miss Amor
Jul 19th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Most of his sig are fabulous and cool actually.
I doubt you understand what it :lol:. Now Saivash is cool, but the peroxide dependant, cosmetically saturated, mentally blank bimbo in your avatar isnt.Now run un along and support your pretty girls :wavey:

jonny84
Jul 19th, 2009, 04:31 PM
I can see it happening. Its only 3 more years!

Richie's
Jul 19th, 2009, 09:16 PM
Well, Venus wants... But her body?

friendsita
Jul 19th, 2009, 10:42 PM
not surprised, but will she play at 2016 Chicago Olympics?

just doubles, she said.