Grand Slam 7 times winner Venus Williams began the 2021 season by participating in the Melbourne tournament, where she beat Arantxa Rus before losing to Petra Kvitova in two sets. At the Australian Open she overtook Kirsten Flipkens and lost in the next match against our Sara Errani with a score of 6-1 6-0, also thanks to a bad injury that almost prevented her from continuing.
Venus Williams: "I refuse to think that way"
Speaking recently with Vogue, the former WTA number one lashed out at the sexism that still plagues many sectors of our society, including sports. She said: "There is always the belief that women's tennis is not as important as men's."
"I won my last Wimbledon title in 2008 and have won four Olympic gold medals over the course of my career. I refuse to let this belief affect my success. And we must not allow this to dictate the progress of society. Sexism is no more a problem for women than racism is for a black man.
Men must understand that gender equality is an issue that concerns equal opportunities for women, it does not mean that they have to leave power," she added. The American champion played her last semifinal in a Grand Slam event at the US Open 2017: then she was able to defeat Vikoria Kuzmova, Oceane Dodin, Maria Sakkari, Carla Suarez Navarro and Petra Kvitova, before giving in to the young compatriot Sloane.
Stephens with a score of 6-1 0-6 7-5. Today officially at the 79th step of the official WTA ranking, Venus occupied the top of the world ranking for a total of 11 weeks. She challenged her sister Serena for the last time in the second round of Lexington 2020, losing in a comeback in the third set.
At the WTA 1000 in Miami Venus Williams was defeated by Kazakh Zarina Diyas. The 40 year old n. 79 of the world she played her first tournament since the Australian Open in Miami and she fails to win two consecutive games from Cincinnati 2019 when she reached the quarter-finals.