Venus Williams has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon. She has gotten this far on many occasions, it has just been a while.
The five-time Wimbledon winner will be playing at the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. And it will be for the 12th time in her career.
”Yeah, it’s been a few years. Missed a year or two,” said Williams, who has been slowed in recent years by Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause joint pain and saps energy. ”But I’ve been here before. I’m not, like, a deer in the headlights.”
The eighth-seeded Venus Williams will take on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan on Tuesday, a player she has never faced.
Williams reached the quarterfinals by beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-4, while Shvedova defeated 28th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4.
”I’ve never played her, so we’ll see how it goes,” Williams said. ”First couple rounds were against players I’ve never played. It’s always interesting. You spend the first few games trying to figure out what’s working, what’s not working. It will definitely be that tomorrow.”
”I always want more. I want more out of myself,” Venus said. ”For sure, I haven’t had an easy road, but a lot of people haven’t. I try not to think about those sorts of things. I try to think about what I can accomplish.”