Playing professional sport at the age of 37 years is not something that you come across very often in life, unless we’re looking at less physical sports such as golf, snooker, poker and more. 7-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams is one who is still playing tennis at the age of 37, but is it time for her say goodbye and hang up her boots?
The elder Williams sister has recently been knocked out of the 2018 French Open, losing her Round 1 game in straight sets to unseeded Chinese player, Qiang Wang. This 6-4, 7-5 loss marks her second Grand Slam 1st Round exit for this year, also crashing out of the Australian Open in the 1st Round earlier this year.
Now while she may have made a lot of money around the tennis circuit over the years and may have won 7 grand slam titles, let’s not forget that her last slam victory came way back in 2008, almost a decade ago, winning the 2008 Wimbledon. Is it time for Venus to rethink her career options? We certainly think so.
Most may defend her saying she was seeded 9th in Roland Garros 2018 and that she rolled back the years in 2017, reaching the 4th Round once, the semi finals once and the finals twice in last year’s four grand slams. However, these two finals have been her only two final appearances since Wimbledon 2009. Something to think about?
What do you think this highly accomplished tennis player should go? Keep playing and aim for one last title, especially with her greatest competitor and sister Serena Williams currently not in the mix? Or should she decide to call it time on her long career? Leave your comments and let us know. Along with her, another upset on Day 1 of the 2018 French Open was 5th seeded Jelena Ostapenko being eliminated by the unseeded Kateryna Kozlova from Ukraine.
Wang’s winning reaction:
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 27, 2018