The Open Previews: Venus Williams

For the Open previews, Tennisense will be skipping ATP/WTA players who have pulled out of the Open, even if they are currently ranked in the Top 10.

Current Rank: #9

We’ll start by driving home the sheer magnitude of what Venus Williams has done this year.  She has posted a 29 – 10 win-loss record and reached two grand slam finals, losing both to younger women (her sister, Serena and Garbine Muguruza).  Venus Williams is 37 years old.  For all intents and purposes, she should not be in the running for a major title but… here she is… in the running.  Some people may say it is a bit care free to tip the elder stateswoman of tennis to win the U.S Open, but I beg to differ.  How can you bet against a woman who’s been one match away twice this year?  She also got to the finals of Wimbledon with a dark cloud – a fatal accident – hanging over her head.  That’s a strong example of incredible resolve and focus.

Still, the question remains.  Can Venus Williams put it together for seven matches and win one more major?  She’s shown she can do it for six matches, and we know that when her game is on, the only person who can stop her is Serena Williams – who happens to be absent from this tournament.  As for all aging champions, being seeded becomes more important as she needs all she can get in terms of easing into the tournament.  If Venus can get into the second week, she’ll raise her game.  This is her home grand slam and despite Wimbledon being her most productive slam, this is probably the one she won’t want to lose.

She’s my dark horse to win the whole thing – if she can be called that – at the ripe young age of 37.


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