Thursday, June 26, 2014
American Venus Williams during 2nd Round play at 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
It would seem that the reports of Williams’s demise have been exaggerated. At the age of 33 and suffering from Sjorgen’s Syndrome, she is supposed to be a spent force, past it, consigned to history. But you write off Venus at your peril. The former champion has no intention of going anywhere for a very long time to come.
Back in 2011, Venus revealed that she had been diagnosed with Sjorgen’s Syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that leaves the sufferer with a range of symptoms from a dry mouth to joint pain and chronic fatigue. Yet, through diet, careful management of her schedule and grim determination not to be beaten, she has found a way to compete at the top level despite everything. There are still good days and bad days, but Venus will not give in. And as she pushed Nara this way and that on No. 3 Court, it was the Japanese who was struggling physically, not Venus.
As for the future, Venus was adamant. Nothing, not a disease, not a syndrome and not another birthday, was going to stop her.
“I feel like I am still a great tennis player,” she said earlier this year. “When I’m ready to go, I’ll go.”
But clearly not just yet.