Venus Williams gained revenge for her Wimbledon final defeat by Garbiñe Muguruza when the American advanced to the last four of the WTA Finals with a gutsy 7-5, 6-4 victory over the Spanish world No2.Venus Williams, the 37-year-old American reaches last four of season’s climax with 6-4, 7-5 win .
Both players knew a win would secure a passage to the semi-finals as they held identical 1-1 records in White Group at the season-ending event but the 37-year-old was stronger on the key points and moved brilliantly around the court to progress.
Muguruza had brushed aside Williams to claim her second grand slam title in Julybut any hopes she had of repeating the feat were snuffed out by a resolute opponent, who simply refused to buckle in the tense Singapore Indoor Stadium encounter.
“I played an amazing opponent who has had an amazing year so I was so happy to win the last point,” Williams said.
The victory enabled Williams, who won this event in 2008, to advance along with the pool winner, Karolina Pliskova, who won her first two matches but ended round-robin play with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat by Jelena Ostapenko earlier on Thursday.
Williams has surged back into the top five this season having slipped to 17 by the end of 2016, the 37-year-old having been in contention in three of the four Grand Slams.
Given her advancing years some have suggested the 2017 Wimbledon and Australian Open finalist could call time on her career, but she insists she has no designs on retiring just yet.
“I don’t know [what my plans are],” she told WTA Media. “I don’t think there is a limit or a maximum, I don’t want to say we have a plan, I’m not planning on quitting is the best way to put it.”
Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters thinks she is right to keep playing, and the Belgian believes Williams is the favorite for the end-of-season tournament.
“Venus seems very focused and just really determined,” she said. “I think experience might end up being on top at this tournament.
“I’ve seen her over the last few months doing some commentary and watching her play, just seeing the joy in her eyes and the happiness almost of a child again when she wins big matches and gets to big moments in her career.
“It’s fun to see and I really admire that and have a lot of respect for what she’s doing. It would be nice in a way to see her do well.”
Williams will face Caroline Garcia in Saturday’s semifinal, with Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki contesting the other semifinal.
Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American Champion, and Legended Professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 5 in the WTA singles rankings. She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis and, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour.
Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She first became the world No. 1 on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles puts her in a tie for 12th on the all-time list, and a tie for 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except her sister Serena. In total she has reached sixteen Grand Slam finals, the most recent being the finals at Wimbledon in 2017. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles, all with her sister Serena, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Venus also has two Mixed doubles titles. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but gives her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era List, only trailing Navratilova’s 9 titles and Serena’s and Graf’s 7 titles. From the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2001 US Open, Williams won four of the six Grand Slam singles tournaments held. At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Williams extended her record as the all-time leader, male or female, in Grand Slams played, with 75. Williams’s run to the 2017 Wimbledon singles final also broke the record for time elapsed between first and most recent grand slam singles finals appearances.Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the
, one in singles and three in women’s doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles. Olympic gold medals Venus also holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by a male or female tennis player, shared with Kathleen McKane Godfree. She is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four separate Olympic Games. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Williams became only the second player to win Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles at the same Olympic Games, after Helen Wills Moody in 1924.
With 49 singles titles, Williams is behind only Serena among active players on the WTA Tour. Her 35-match winning streak from the 2000 Wimbledon Championships to the 2000 Generali Ladies Linz tournament final is the longest since January 1, 2000. She and her sister, Serena are WTA players to have made the finals of all four Grand Slams.