Wimbledon | Venus recovers from a poor opener
VENUS Williams battled into the third round of Wimbledon and then spoke of her role in earning women equal prize money on the 50th anniversary of Open tennis.
The evergreen 38-year-old defeated unseeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6 6-0 6-1 on No. Court in her bid for a sixth All England crown ten years on from her last triumph.
I'm happy I won. As long as I walk away at the end with a win, that's the goal Venus Williams
The American said: “I haven’t thought about the pride level. I think it’s just about being able to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
“Tennis will go on long after I’m done. I just want to see the sport rise, not just women or men, but just tennis in general.
“It’s wonderful to see women rise, and I’d like to see these tournaments just get bigger and better.”
Williams stepped up after being edged out in the opening set to blitz her opponent in the second and third.
She said:” I’m happy I won. As long as I walk away at the end with a win, that’s the goal.”
Did she think it more difficult to come back from a set down or to maintain her momentum after taking the second?
Williams said: “It just takes mental skill for both, to be honest. Ideally, it’s two sets. If it’s not two sets, then go to Plan B.”