Five-time champion Venus Williams was dumped in the second round clash by Ons Jabeur in straight sets at 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday. Jabeur became only the first Arab woman to reach the third round at the All England Club.
Venus the older sibling of Serena Williams has been struggling to play her best tennis for a few years now. Venus has won only three matches this year as compared to eight defeats. Her dip in form has also impacted her ranking. She has significantly slipped down and is ranked 111 in the world currently. Her last Slam came in the year 2008, when she won Wimbledon for the fifth time. In fact, Venus has also not managed to reach a final of a Slam since 2017, where she was the runner-up to her sister at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Speaking to the press after her defeat in the second round at Wimbledon, Venus said, “I don’t think anyone in life has anything to prove, you know. Each and every person can only breathe for themselves. No one has anything to prove to anyone in this life. The only thing you have to do is pay your taxes or else you are going to jail.”
Venus will play mixed doubles with Nick Kyrgios
Given her slump and struggle to win consistently on the WTA tour, she was even asked about her impending retirement. “Yeah, when it’s my last, I’ll let you all know. I’ll give you a little whisper in your ear,” she said.
The 41-year-old will still be at Wimbledon as she will team up with mercurial tennis player Nick Kyrgios in the mixed doubles event. The Australian said playing mixed doubles with the legend will be a “dream come true” and even joked that he doesn’t think she ever thought she would be playing with “the bad boy of tennis.”