Relentless and Tough, Venus Graces a Spotlight All Her Own After Wimbledon Run

Jul 13, 2017; London, United Kingdom; Venus Williams (USA) reacts during her match against Johanna Konta (GBR) on day ten at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY SportsSusan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

So this wasn’t the dream ending we had in mind for Venus Williams. It wasn’t the perfect bow in the final chapter of her career.

Williams, 37, still dealing with an autoimmune disease and now also fighting the emotion of her involvement in a fatal car crash, did not win Wimbledon on Saturday. She lost 7-5, 6-0 to Garbine Muguruza in the final.

She was great through most of the first set and then got nervous and then ran out of energy while a 23-year-old took control.

Let’s face it: Williams fell apart.

“I think there’ll be other opportunities,” she said after the match. “I do.”

With our best, oldest, most beloved athletes, we just want them to leave on the right note. In tennis, Pete Sampras won the U.S. Open over rival Andre Agassi, and it was the perfect goodbye.

The question with Williams is: What was this moment?

It was not an ugly one, despite the end-of-match collapse. Not in the bigger picture. She is still the feel-good story

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2721852-relentless-and-tough-venus-graces-a-spotlight-all-her-own-after-wimbledon-run

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