‘I feel like it’s been too long’ Venus Williams says of appearance in Montreal

‘I feel like it’s been too long’ Venus Williams says of appearance in Montreal

Published Aug 07, 2023  •  3 minute read

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Venus Williams hits a return against Caroline Dolehide at the Rogers Cup in Montreal back in 2018. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis /Getty Images

Pat Hickey, Special to Postmedia

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MONTREAL — Venus Willams is happy to be in Montreal this week. 

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The 43-year-old tennis star made that clear Sunday when she addressed the media and talked about her decision to accept a wild card entry into the National Bank Open women’s championships at Jarry Park.

“I feel like it’s been too long,” said Williams who is making her fourth appearance here and her first since 2018. “I really fought my utmost to be here. Icing five times a day, therapy three times a day, praying, all sorts of interventions.  

“I’ve never played here a lot in my career, and I just didn’t want to miss it. So I gave it my all to be here (and) I’m going to give my best out there on court.”

Williams’ best days on the tennis court are behind her and she was the underdog when she met fellow American Madison Keys, the 16th seed, in the IGA Stadium Monday night. 

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Injuries have limited her activity on the WTA Tour rhis year. Williams, who has won 49 WTA titles including seven Grand Slams, has a 2-5 record this year and the former No. 1 has dropped to 542 in the rankings.

Her most recent injury came in in  6-3, 6-3  first-round loss to Elina Svitolina at Wimbledon. She suffered a knee injury when she slipped on the grass but was proud that she was able to continue playing. 

“I love what I do and over the past few years for me, they haven’t been healthy years,” Williams said. “I need to be in a place where I can play on my terms.”

Williams, who hasn’t reached the quarterfinals in  a tournament since she lost to Keys in the final eight at Cincinnati in 2019, said she finds joy in winning but noted the work that leads to success is important.

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“Winning is not just the moment, winning is the culmination of the efforts that it takes to get to that moment,” she said. “So when you succeed and execute the things the way you want to, it is the ultimate satisfaction because it is the ultimate effort that went into it. So the winning starts long beforehand.”

During the pandemic, Williams hit often with Leylah Fernandez, the 20-year-old Laval  native who plays American qualifier Peyton Stearns in the first round Tuesday..

“She has the greatest attitude on the court, unbelievable competitor,” said Williams. “I think she’s so good. for the game. When you watch her play, you feel like you’re a part of something.

“She gives you that energy, you want to root for her,” said Williams. “Every time I see her on the court I’m always rooting for her.”

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Main draw action began Monday morning but only one match was completed before play was suspended because of rain. Jasmine Paolini posted a minor upset when she beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 7-6(3), 6-2.

Rain in  Prague also had an effect on the Montreal event. Linda Noskova, a promising 18-year-old Czech, was forced to withdraw from Montreal after rain delayed the final of the Prague Open. Noskova, the fourth seed, lost to lucky  loser Nao Hobino of Japan 6-4, 6-1. Hibino was leading Jacqueline Cristian of Romania 6-4, 6-7, 5-2 when rain halted their semifinal Sunday and she completed the victory Monday morning. 

Lucky loser Yulia Piutinseva replaced Noskova.

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