Venus’ win against Shvedova on 6 June marked a victorious return after the diagnosis of a medical condition hindered her tennis performance for several years. Now after Venus’ win against the Russian tennis star, will Wimbledon see an all Williams final?
In 2009, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune illness that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness. Medical experts cast doubt on whether she would ever professionally play again.
Despite the disease robbing the best tennis years of her life, the 2008 grand slam champion has remained a winner’s attitude and continues to be hopeful to what this year’s Wimbledon Championship will entail.
Trailing 5-2 in the first-set tiebreak, she won five consecutive points to move ahead and then eased through the second set, despite a valiant effort from her opponent, Shvedova.
Next up against the 36-year-old is Kerber, who won her first grand slam title in Melbourne this year, beating Venus’s sister, Serena, in the final.
The possibility of an all-Williams final persists, given that younger sibling Serena defeated former sparring partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4 6-4.
Venus needs to upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber — a 7-5 7-6 (7-2) winner over 2014 French Open finalist Simona Halep on today 7 July to fulfill her part of the deal to play her sister.
Serena, meanwhile, will play Elena Vesnina, who downed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2 to land in her maiden grand slam singles semifinal.