WATCH: When Venus Williams Danced On Court After A Historic Victory At Australian Open

Published 05/01/2020, 2:41 PM EDT


Venus Williams had a mini career revival in the year 2017. The American legend would make some heads turn after registering some jaw-dropping performances at the age of 36.

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While the usual noise of retirement followed her, Williams would prove her detractors wrong by defeating everyone in her path, including much younger players who were more agile than her. This was primarily due to her wealth of experience and ability to hold her nerves.

The story began at the beginning of the year when Venus made it all the way to the finals of the Australian Open. She didn’t face any difficulties whatsoever until the semifinal match. The hard-earned victory there would give us one of her most memorable moments.

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What did Venus Williams do after winning? 

Venus Williams faced her compatriot and rapidly rising star Coco Vandeweghe in the semifinals. Most were betting on Coco despite her lack of experience, due to her displays in the lead-up to that match.

Her three back-to-back victories against big names had put her in the conversation for the title contender. She had pulled off upsets against Eugenie Bouchard, World number one Angelique Kerber, and Garbine Muguruza. That’s why it didn’t seem likely that an aging Venus would be able to hold her own.

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It did seem like that in the first set as Coco won 7-6. However, Venus would unleash the monster inside her in the following sets, winning them 6-2, 6-3. After the match, Venus was ecstatic with joy as she gave us a surprising victory dance.

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She revealed in the post-match interview that this was a big moment and she was celebrating. What added to her happiness was the brilliance of opponent Coco Vandeweghe’s performance. She said that it made her hopeful for the future of American tennis.

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Venus Williams would face her sister and long term rival Serena Williams in the final. Serena would eventually win 6-4, 6-4 ending the dream run of Venus Williams. However, Venus Williams would reach the finals of Wimbledon as well. She’s 39 now and still on the tennis court. It’s true that some legends never fade and keep entertaining us as long as they play.

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Aryan Sharma is a WWE and Tennis author and editor at EssentiallySports. Being a journalism graduate from Delhi University, he combines his love for creating content with an astute knowledge of almost three eras of professional wrestling. He's also a Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova fan and likes to write on the social impact of these two legends beyond their achievements on the tennis court.

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