In full retreat. This Monday, Venus Williams, 41 years old and a great career, owner of seven Grand Slam singles and former World No. 1, dropped 144 places in the WTA ranking and was out of the top 300, being No. 314. Without a doubt, a huge blow for the American.
Five times champion of Wimbledon and two of the US Open in the individual event, the older of the Williams sisters, overshadowed at various times by the successes of Serena, a year younger and owner of 23 Grand Slam singles, now suffered a difficult impact from digest already a complicated age to try a great recovery.
A regular cheerleader on the circuit, Venus holds the record for 90 Grand Slam singles played and had dropped to 170th place in the rankings. Now he fell 144 more places to be out of the Top 300, the lowest of his professional career.
Since 1997, at a very young age, Venus Williams had only finished one season behind the world Top 100. That happened in 2011, 10 years ago, when it ended that year being the 103rd in the world. But it made up ground. It was back in the Top 10, but now between an illness and some physical problems it is already a very different panorama.
Venus finished 12 years among the 10 best in the world and the last case occurred in 2017, located N ° 5 in the classification. In 2021, the American played just nine championships on the WTA major circuit and in just three she was able to win a match, the most recent case being Wimbledon.
Therefore, Venus must now rethink the panorama for 2022, since it will need to receive special invitations from the tournament organizers to try to regain ground in the ranking and thus be able to directly access the tour appointments. It is presumed that it will not be easy.