‘Not fun’: Venus Williams fails to turn back time on day one at Wimbledon
The US player, 43, suffered an injury in the first set and lost to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, 28
– Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles title winner, made her return to Wimbledon but was eliminated in the first round.
– She was defeated by Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina in two sets, after suffering a fall and picking up an injury in the first set.
– In a post-match press conference, Williams expressed shock and disappointment over the outcome, as she believed she was in good form.
– Despite the loss, Williams reflected on her career spanning nearly three decades and stated that she wouldn't change anything.
– Svitolina, who recently became a mother, was also playing a story of resilience and made a successful return to Wimbledon.
– Williams received a warm welcome from the crowds at Wimbledon, and the match was closely contested, with Svitolina eventually winning.
– Williams received medical treatment for her knee during the match, but it didn't help her performance.
– At the end of the match, Williams disagreed with a call made by the umpire and walked off the court without offering a handshake.
– Svitolina paid tribute to Williams, calling her a legend and expressing her joy to have played her on Centre Court.
– The first-round exit was disappointing for Williams, who has faced multiple injuries and had limited match play recently. She expressed frustration with her injury struggles.
– Williams dismissed retirement rumors and expressed her determination to continue playing, even considering playing until the age of 50.
– Williams has been recognized not only for her on-court achievements but also for her impact in advocating for equal pay for female players.
– She expressed her satisfaction that women no longer have to worry about unequal pay at Grand Slam tournaments and can focus on playing tennis.