Tennis observer Jon Wertheim believes former world number one America’s Venus Williams' eagerness to play at the highest level despite being well into her 40s is not tarnishing her legacy.
The 43-year-old ended the year on a rather disappointing note as she managed to win just three wins in 10 matches and suffered seven defeats in the process. Many believes Venus’ eagerness to play at the highest level is tarnishing her legacy.
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Wertheim was recently quoted in a report where he stated that playing at an age where majority retired after achieving so much on the court is continuing her legacy.
"A nod to Venus Williams, who is 43 — more than 15 years removed from her last major—and still at it. This is burnishing, not tarnishing, a legacy. And it’s completely on brand for someone who has always given the side-eye," he said.
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Venus has a fabulous career at the highest level as she has won seven Grand Slams in her career. The California-born became the world number one for the first time in 2002.
Venus’s most successful competition has been Wimbledon where she lifted the title five times — 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Other than that, she won the US Open two times — in 2000 and 2001.