Rise & fall of Venus Williams: Don't write off the champion player so early

Venus Williams along with her sister Serena Williams revolutionized women’s tennis. The style that she brought in the game was never seen on the court before. Her rapid strides on the court, the speed of her serve and the hard hitting ground strokes explained Venus’s style of playing.

The five-time Wimbledon champion is considered to be the best women tennis player on grass and it was very unfortunate to see her lose in the first round against Elena Vesnina of Russia in straight sets. Venus, who is suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome, struggled on the court and her movement was restricted by her illness.

It was sad to see Venus struggle on the grass court which she made her own. Five Wimbledon titles between 2000 and 2008 is the proof of that. Her big serves, tremendous speed and her wide coverage of the court was missing and the question that rises is that is the disease has taken the toll on this great champion.

Venus, who started playing at a very young age has achieved some unimaginable heights. She made her debut in 1994 and has won 56 titles till now. Venus has won 17 Grand Slams titles and also has three Olympic gold medals to her name.

Venus first influence on the Grand Slams was when she became the first unseeded player to reach a Grand Slam final. She achieved the feet in 1997 when she reached the US Open finals and never looked back from there as she won a number of titles the following year.

Year 2000 was the best one for her as in that year she won 35 consecutive singles matches and also won five tournaments. The same year she won the gold medal in both singles and mixed doubles category in the Sydney Olympics and by doing that she became only the second women in the history of tennis to have won both singles and doubles titles in the same Olympics.

Venus, who revolutionized the game, dominated the tennis world along with her younger sister Serena. She was also named in the list of America’s most powerful women who are under 45 years old by Forbes. She took the tennis world by storm with the way she dressed and her fashion statement has created a wild buzz over the years.

People after Venus’s first round exit are speculating that we have seen the best of Venus and her chances of getting back to winning ways seems highly doubtful. Venus who has lost in the first round of Wimbledon only for the second time in her career (first time was on her debut in 1997) will have to do miraculously well to show the world that she still has what it takes to win in tough tournaments.

Venus after the loss said that she is up for the challenges and she can’t get discouraged by her loss in the first round. She said that she still has some great tennis left in her, and she may just surprise her fans knowing the fighter she has been over the years.

By Indian Sports News Network