With Venus Williams crashing out of the US Open in the hands of compatriot Sloane Stephens and the world wondering if she would ever win another major, we look back to her very first Grand Slam title.
The 20-year-old had a pretty rough start to the year 2000, missing the first five months due to tendinitis in both wrists. The following months were a very key to the entire career of the older Williams sister.
Going into Wimbledon, Venus was seeded 5th and regarded as one of the favourites. She reached the Quarterfinals to set up a blockbuster clash with familiar foe, World number one Martina Hingis, the player who defeated her in her first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 1997.
In a very tight match, Venus prevailed over Hingis for the very first time to set up a very much anticipated semifinal with her sister, Serena Williams.
Venus’ win over her sister then led her to the final, to face defending champion, Lindsay Davenport, a very fierce rival.
Venus was definitely not the favourite in the final showdown, but she got the job done in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch her first Grand Slam title, a win which was very significant to the Williams sisters’ domination
Fast forward to 2017, Venus Williams is a 37-year-old with seven Grand Slam titles to her name.
She had a first Grand Slam title in nine years within reach at the Australian Open before losing to pregnant sister, Serena in the final.
Venus came close again by reaching the final of Wimbledon where she lost to Garbine Muguruza.
Her loss to Sloane Stephens in the semifinals of the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year brings so many questions: Was that Venus Williams’ last chance to win another Grand Slam? Will she retire as the 2017 season ends? Will she end her illustrious career on a high by winning one more Grand Slam title?
In all, Venus Williams’ legendary status is unquestionable. Or is it?