Veteran tennis player Venus Williams will take to Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday in Paris in what will be her 20th year of playing at Roland Garros.
The 36-year-old American tenth seed has played nearly every year since 1997, with the exception of 2011, and despite being three weeks shy of her 37th birthday is still very much a grand slam contender having reached the final of the Australian Open in January.
Today Venus will be in first round action on Court Suzanne Lenglen against China’s 25-year-old Wang Qiang, who is currently ranked 50th by the WTA.
“I’m here as I still have a lot to give. That just wraps it up,” said Venus who has never got beyond the quarter-finals in Paris since her runners-up spot 15-years-ago.
In an interview carried by Reuters, Williams said she felt ready for the challenges ahead on Paris’ red clay.
“I’m here as I still have a lot to give. That just wraps it up,” said Venus.
The seven-time grand slam singles winner has not had much success at Roland Garros having not got past the quarter-final stage since she lost in the final against sister Serena in 2002.
She does have two French Open doubles titles that she and Serena won in 1999 and 2010.