One could think of a Cinderella story in Tokyo, but that wouldn’t apply to Venus Williams. She has already been the Queen of tennis since 2002, when she reached the WTA No 1 ranking but lately, health issues had prevented her from playing her best tennis, making her victories in Tokyo even more special.
Williams has been credited as changing the women’s game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Williams has 22 overall Grand Slam titles, including 7 Grand Slam singles titles. She has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles, and three in women’s doubles. If experience serves one well, Williams is proving to make good use of it, booking a place in the semis in Tokyo.
It has been her first appearance at the Pan Pacific Open since 2009, and she is delighting her fans with great, well fought victories in Tokyo. She defeated Vitoria Azarenka, Simona Halep, and today, one of the greatest new talent in tennis, Eugenie Bouchard 6-3,6-7,6-3. Venus says she is happy. And happy she should be.
” I just wanted to stay in Japan longer,” says Williams. ” I was just fighting until the end. It was disappointing to lose the second set, but to win the third is the goal, so I’m happy.” It took her three hours to close out the match but she did it. Her experience and belief helped her secure a comfortable 5-2 lead in the third set, and she served for the match.
Williams, who also came to the tour as teenager, had kind words for her young Canadian opponent, who is only 19 years old. ” She played so well. She is going to be a great player, she is already a great player, and it was just a fight to the end.”
As for her motivation to keep on going “My body got to cooperate at some point…The motivation for me now is knowing my luck got to change.”
And so lucky are all the fans having the Queen back in Tokyo.