Still Rising: Venus Set For U.S. Open

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Updated: August 28, 2016
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By Richard Kent

 

NEW YORK (BASN) — Never count her out.
No matter what.Venus Williams is the consummate champion and entering the 2016 US Open, she is seeded no. 6. An amazing feat for a 36 year old. An even more amazing feat for a 36 year old who has suffered for years with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease which causes painful joint pain.
Williams, 6-1, has won seven Grand Slam singles title, including 5 Wimbledons and 14 Grand Slam doubles events, with her younger sister and world no. 1, Serena.  She was placed in the same half of the draw as Serena and could face her in the semis. She would have to get by no. 4 Aga Radwanska, Ct. Open champion in the quarters.Serena hold a 6-2 advantage over Venus in majors.
Do they enjoy playing each other? Not really, but they are consummate professionals and gut it out.
venusVenus opens Tuesday with Katareyna Kozlova of the Ukraine. Venus is coming off of a Silver medal at the Rio Olympics, playing with Rajeev Ram. It was her record 5th Olympic medal.She and Serena were upset in the first round in women’s doubles.She played her first Olympics in Sydney in 2000 and calls the Olympic experience, “the pinnacle of my career.”
Venus lost in the semis at Wimbledon this year and showed flashes of the brilliance which made her world no. 1 in 2002. She has been ranked no. 1 at 3 different junctures of her brilliant career which began at age 14.  Venus is well aware of life after tennis. She is a consummate fashion designer, with her own company, out of Chicago.
She has taken a plethora of online courses over her tennis career to learn the craft.She wears, with grace and sophistication her own outfits.
The 2016 US Open is no victory tour for Venus. She has no intention of retiring, even though she has cut down on her once rigorous schedule. She will be back in 2017, looking for another Slam to add to her illustrious career.

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