2016 celebrates Venus Williams’ 18th year playing at Flushing Meadows. The 36 year burst onto the scene in 1997 making the final but was defeated by Monica Seles in her first appearance at the US Open.
Yesterday Venus Williams defeated Julia Georges in what was a very entertaining match and a score line of 6-2 6-3 was not a fair reflection on what was a very competitive match which ended in the former world number one picking up her 70th singles win at the US Open!
Venus’ continued fight on the tour is magnificent to watch. She has had plenty of ups and downs in her career but her presence on the court and the fight she shows every match is admirable.
To come into the final Grand Slam of the year as the 6th seed in the world shows she has potentially so much more tennis ahead of her!
To be playing at one tournament for 18 years is fantastic, Venus has never lost in round one in New York and with her form this year you’d be silly to rule out a potential challenge for her first US Open title since 2001.
Standing in Venus’ path of a place in the fourth round is Laura Siegemund. The 28 year old has found her best form on the tour this year and stole the headlines in her home country in Stuttgart earlier this year losing to fellow German Kerber in the final. Whilst Venus her 70th match in New York for Laura her first round win was her first but with three top ten wins this year she is definitely one to watch out for.