Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2013 WIMBLEDON: 5-time Champion Venus Williams Withdraws

Venus Williams won the Wimbledon championships in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and reached the final 3 other times in 2002, 2003 and 2009 losing to her sister Serena Williams in all three appearances. However, her streak of 16 consecutive Wimbledons will come to an end this year because the 7-time major champion announced her withdrawal from this year's tournament earlier today on Facebook:
Unfortunately, I will not be able to participate in Wimbledon this year. I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships, but I need to take time to let my back heal. I look forward to returning to the courts as soon as possible, with my goal being to return to Mylan World Team Tennis on July 8th in Washington DC. Many thanks to my fans for the love and support and I will be seeing you very soon back on the courts.
Venus turned 33 on Monday and is currently ranked #34 in the world. Her sister Serena is the defending champion at Wimbledon, ranked #1 in the world, and currently on a 31-match win streak, including the 2013 French Open. The longest win streak of this century is Venus' 35-win streak in 2000.

This is very sad news for fans of Venus. The question is should she retire (now? soon?) from singles and concentrate on racking up more doubles titles record with Serena (i.e. they are 13-0 in grand slam doubles finals)?  I think she should see if her body allows her to play the US Open and if not, she should announce her retirement from singles play at that time.

1 comment:

D Thomas said...

In hindsight,I love the way in which Andrew Riddick retired. I believe Venus probably should have announced her retirement this year at her signature event, Wimbledon 2013. But only if she had entered the tournament and played. I vote she take off the as long as she needs to for the rest of 2013, even taking off the rest of the year if she has to. Then on January 2, 2014, she should announce 2014 as her as year. Then on with her retirement tour in 2014, playing only in tournaments that have truly supported her and her Lil Sis mm such as Aussie Open, Miami, Dubai, Charleston, Wimbledon, Cincinnati and call it quits at the US Open. She should play her last match at either Wimbledon or the US Open.


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