“When It’s My Last, I’ll Let You Know”: Venus Williams Plays Down Retirement Talks After Wimbledon 2021 Loss

Published 07/01/2021, 1:14 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Last night, Tunisian International, Ons Jabeur knocked American tennis star, Venus Williams, out of the Wimbledon Championships 2021.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The former World No. 1 was coming on the back of an impressive performance in the first round of the tournament, celebrating her 90th Grand Slam match with a win.

Sadly, she failed to replicate the same against ‘pacy’ Jabeur, who got the better of her in all departments. As the 41-year-old looked far from her best, many suspected if this was her last appearance at Wimbledon. However, a resilient Venus put all rumors to rest by saying, “When it’s my last, I’ll let you know”.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Venus Williams insists that she will be ‘back’

Despite losing the game, the American looked lethal in the first set. Pushing Jabeur to the very end, the set ended 7-5 and the second, 6-0 to Jabeur.

Age was clearly a factor in play as it slowed down the 41-year-old, who struggled to keep up. However, she brushed off any suggestions of retirement, expressing what it means to her to play on grass.

“Of course, it’s incredible any time you get to play here. It just never gets old. A lot of people want to be here”, she said.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Watch this story: Wimbledon championship 2021 day 1 -Best Shots by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Frances Tiafoe and Aryna Sabalenka

Venus admitted that it wasn’t one of her best outings.

Yeah, definitely not my best day. Maybe a few too many errors. But I think a lot of it was how she played,” said the American, crediting her opponent.

All is not lost yet, as the veteran will be seen participating in the mixed doubles alongside the dynamic Nick Kyrgios.

“It was just awful”

Not long ago, the Junior of the two Williams was forced to pull out of the tournament due to an injury mid-game. Slipping on the court in her first round, 7 time Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams suffered a leg injury, ruling her out for the rest of the tournament. ”

I absolutely couldn’t watch. It was too much. I just couldn’t watch it. I know exactly what that feels like when, you know, all your faculties are taken away, things you work hard for and earn, and suddenly life happens,” Venus Williams said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

With Serena out, all eyes turn to the mixed doubles. Anxious fans wait to see how two brilliant players with contrasting personalities on the court get along.

Expectations are high from the pair as an entertaining performance is promised. However, with age restricting her movement largely, fans worry, is this the last they will be seeing of her?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“Not Sure How Long She Will Play For”: Nick Kyrgios Details True Feelings About Playing Doubles With Venus Williams

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Melroy Fernandes

125 articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

essentiallysports's Stories