Venus Williams has stated her desire to challenge for a title she hasn’t won since 2008, and ensured that she is not just relying on luck to progress in the tournament.
Speaking after her second round Wimbledon victory over Kurumi Nara, which saw the five-time Wimbledon champion progress to the third round, Williams was in philosophical mood but determined to challenge for major honours.
“Wishes don’t come true. You have to work at it. I won’t start wishing. I’ll start working, running, hitting some winners. That will serve me more," she said.
Williams will be glad to have progressed into the tournament, having missed out last year due to Sjogren’s syndrome, which causes increased fatigue, and crashed out of the 2012 tournament at the first-round. Many experts thought she would have to call an end on her impressive tennis career, but she is refusing to let her problems get in the way.
She added: “I want to be out there. I’m not about the easy thing. Life is a challenge. For me, when I leave tennis, I want it to be on my own terms. I want to know that I rose to every challenge. I want to look back with no regrets.
“So far in my career I can do that. Everyone messes up. Everyone chokes. Everyone gets tight. Everyone loses matches they should have won.”
She is determined to keep her prolific career going, and when her latest Wimbledon experience comes to an end, she is out to win titles in other competitions. She is also hoping to make it to the 2016 Olympics, hosted in Brazil, having already claimed four Olympic gold medals over the course of her career.
“I wouldn’t say I just want one. I want singles, I want doubles, gold medals, and while I’m on tour I’m going to aim for that the best I can,” she added.
Williams could also look to potentially extend her career even further by transitioning into playing doubles when she is unable to continue playing singles at the highest level – an idea that she would consider, but only if she is able to play alongside her sister, Serena Williams.
“If Serena and I decide we want to do that, as long as I get to play with her. If I couldn’t play with Serena, I probably wouldn’t want to, unless there was someone better than her," Williams concluded.
“Obviously at some point we won’t be able to play anymore because we might not be as good. If we decide to continue playing doubles, that could still be an opportunity to get major titles, enjoy the game, still go to the Olympics.”