Venus Williams’ remarkable run at Wimbledon came up just short. The legendary tennis star from the city of Compton, lost in her against Garbiñe Muguruza, 7-5, 6-0, in the Finals of Wimbledon Saturday.
The tide turned quickly in the match. After Muguruza won a tightly contested first set, 7-5, she took control from that point on.
Of course, just to reach the Finals at the age of 37 was a magnificent accomplishment for Williams. Practically every professional tennis player her age have long since stopped playing at a world class level. Not Williams. She is still capable of winning championships.
This run is still a significant accomplishment for Williams, when you consider she is fighting an autoimmune disease called Sjogrens, which zaps her strength and energy. Recently, she was incorrectly cited for being the cause of a traffic accident, which cost the life of 78-year-old man in Florida. As it turns out, Williams was not at fault.
It will be interesting to see how much longer Williams will play. Of course, her legacy is secure as one of tennis’ greatest players. The future Hall of Famer has won 73 championships, including seven Grand Slam titles. She and her sister, Serena, have captured 14 Grand Slams in doubles. She has earned more than $36 million in career earnings, not to mention her lucrative business interests.
Whatever she decides to do, I don’t think we have heard the last of Venus Williams.