Venus Williams’ reflective post raises speculation about tennis future

An Instagram post by Venus Williams to mark the 28th anniversary of her professional tennis debut sparked speculation that her legendary career could be nearing an end.

“On that day 28 years ago I made my professional tennis debut,” Williams wrote in the caption, alongside two photos of her as a 14-year-old at the 1994 Bank of the West Classic, the site of her first WTA match. “I could never have imagined 28 years later what [Serena Williams] and i would be experienced in this sport. I can list the wins and the losses, but in the end it was always about finding my best self. Win, lose or draw every day. I can look back with no regrets. It was all worth it.”

Her Wednesday night contribution was praised by several of her peers, including Coco Gauff and Reilly Opelka.

“Queen,” commented Gauff, who has long held Venus and Serena responsible for their start in esports.

Williams last played at the US Open in September; She lost in the first round in singles and then paired with Serena for the doubles competition as a wildcard entry. The sisters lost to the Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova in the first round 6:7 (5), 4:6.

While Serena announced in August her plans to “evolve” away from tennis to focus on interests and ventures off the tennis court – and witnessed a star-studded farewell at the US Open – the elder Williams sister publicly revealed nothing of the sort Plans.

“Right now I’m just concentrating on the doubles,” Williams told reporters after her singles match in the first round at Flushing Meadows when asked about her future in the sport.

Venus Williams, 42, is a former world No. 1 and has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, along with 16 major doubles titles (14 in women’s doubles, two in mixed doubles). She has won five Olympic medals over the course of her career, making her the most in the history of the sport won at the Games.

She played in just five events in the 2022 season, including an appearance only in mixed doubles at Wimbledon, and was 0-4 in singles.

Williams would need a wild card to play in the Australian Open, the first major of the year, which starts on January 16.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/34921986/venus-williams-reflective-post-raises-speculation-tennis-future Venus Williams’ reflective post raises speculation about tennis future

Emma Bowman

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