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CONNECTICUT – She’s back. Yes, Venus is back. The 23rd seed won Wimbledon this weekend. How could Venus Williams be ranked 23rd going into Wimbledon, an event that she has now won for the fourth time?
Only the organizers can answer that. Williams is the lowest seed to ever win Wimbledon. She is also now even with Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert with four wins.
Venus was inspired by her sister, role model and doubles partner Serena. Once Venus saw Serena win the Australian in January she immediately set her sights on Wimbledon, her best surface.
It’s also — according to many — her favorite tournament. And why not, she’s reached seven finals there and won multiple mixed and women’s doubles competitions. She was forced to drop out of the women’s doubles this year with her sister because of a hamstring injury to Serena.
Venus beat Marion Bartoli of France 6-4, 6-1 to win the Wimbledon women’s final. Bartoli had beaten top seed Justine Henin to reach the final. Venus took an injury time out at 6-1, 3-0 in the second set, but bounced right back to hold serve and win the tournament.
Venus has now won her 36th title and seventh Grand Slam. She’s won over $17 million in prize money and thanked Billie Jean King at the end of the match for helping to equalize prize money at Wimbledon.
Women’s tennis was in bad shape before Serena won the Australian and Venus won Wimbledon. There were really no stars. Sure Maria Sharapova is a great player, but she is susceptible to losing to a power player because her game is all power and little finesse. She lost to Serena at Wimbledon.
Henin is most likely on top right now but still has problems on surfaces other than the French. Then there are a bunch of Bartolis out there who are great players but don’t have star power.
Venus and Serena have star power. When either or both of them turns it on, it seems that they can win any tournament they enter. Especially on a fast surface. They have the two fastest serves in womens tennis history.
Venus will concentrate on some of the hard court tournaments leading up to the US Open. They are all in the United States in places like New Haven and in Canada. She will also play some World Team Tennis.
Venus is scheduled to play both women’s singles and doubles with Serena at the U.S. Open at the end of August. She has some injuries that she must get over. So does Serena.
They are both big draws in New York and you can believe that they will both be seeded in the top 10 going into the tournament. It wouldn’t be a true U.S. Open without both Serena and Venus competing.
Now that they are at the tops of their games, it will make things interesting in New York. Tickets still remain for most of the matches, so if you want to see Serena and Venus get them now.
It’s the hottest ticket in New York for the end of August and the beginning of September, so you’d better have them before the event rolls along. The food, is expensive but good. There’s not much more fun at any sporting event in the world. That includes the World Series, Final Four, and Super Bowl.
Enjoy. The Williams sisters certainly will.