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Venus Williams won't consider retirement after Wimbledon final humbling

  • ontennis
  • 15 July 2017
  • 06:07

Venus Williams says she has no thoughts of retirement and will continue to compete for titles, despite being hammered by Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's Wimbledon final.

At 37, Williams was aiming to become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam in the Open Era but she was beaten 5-7 0-6 by the 23-year-old Spaniard, who won nine games in a row to inflict a second-set bagel on the five-time Wimbledon champion.

Williams suffers from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmunity disease, and she is now without a Grand Slam title in nine years.

But asked if she would definitely compete in August's US Open, Williams said: "I'm in good form. I've been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That's the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in. It's just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.

"This is where you want to be. I like to win. I don't want to just get to a final. It's just about playing a little better.

"It took a lot of effort and what have you to get right here today. So this is where I want to be every single major. Of course, it was a good experience. What else can I say? It was a great experience."

When it was suggested to Williams that she was not supposed to be challenging for titles at her age, she replied: "Those are not my thoughts or words, that I'm not supposed to be doing this. I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now. I've got some good tennis [in me]."

She conceded, however, that Muguruza – who took the title from Williams' pregnant sister Serena, having lost to her in the 2015 final – was better on the day.

"She competed really well. So credit to her. She just dug in there and managed to play better. She played really well. She played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match," she said.

"I've had a great two weeks. I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer. Definitely she hit some great passing shots that definitely opened the gap up a lot more and gave her some more opportunities. Just credit to her for forcing the issue there. I think she played amazing. She played amazing."

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