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Venus Williams Is Having The Best Year In Tennis And It's Incredible

WARNING: serious fangirling ahead.

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It's hard to believe that not so long ago, it looked like Venus might retire after being diagnosed with illness.

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In 2011 she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and joint pain. Her quarterfinal win today is even more poignant considering she had to pull out of the US Open in 2011 due to the diagnosis.

But 2017 is the time for goddamn miracles and vintage golden-era Venus is back.

The last time Venus Williams made the semifinals or better at three Slams in a single season: 2002. That’s 15 years ago. Incredible.



Venus Williams will return to the Top 5 for the 1st time since January 2011. Can go as high as No.2 if she wins the title, pending results.

This will be her highest ranking since 2011, and if she wins the title, she could leap up to the No. 2 spot, which she hasn't reached since 2010.

Her quarterfinal win over Petra Kvitova was met with applause and celebration‏ from people including Chelsea Clinton, who congratulated Venus on her win.

Venus!!! Congratulations @Venuseswilliams on an incredible win tonight!!!

@GerrenPeterson @Venuseswilliams She is amazing!! I'm so grateful to have had the chance to watch @Venuseswilliams…

In case you're not that into tennis, what makes this resurgence even more incredible is Venus's age, which people pointed out was an incredible feat in the sport.

Venus Williams is 37 and just made her 23rd career grand slam semi-final. I am 30 and only overslept 27 minutes, this morning. #USOpen


Venus Williams 37 on the way to a grand slam semifinal. I'm 28 and have to hold my breath when tieing my shoes

I'm the same age as Venus Williams. She's on verge of the US Open semis. I did an hour on the elliptical today and thought I was gonna die.

At 37, she's the oldest woman in the tournament, and a win in the final would make her the oldest player to win a singles grand slam title.

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Venus would take the record from her sister Serena, who currently holds the record for women with her Australian Open win in January, which she won at 35 years old, and from Ken Rosewall, who holds the record for men, winning the Australian Open in 1972 at 37 years old.

Not to mention that while Venus might be the oldest player ranked in the top 100 of women's tennis, she's also won the most grand slam matches in the WTA this year.


To make things even cuter, Venus Williams reached her first US Open semifinal 20 years ago, at the age of 17. She was the first unseeded woman to then reach the final.

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This is also the first time Venus has reached the US Open semifinal since 2010.

And the #BlackGirlMagic is truly flowing at the US Open this year, with Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens joining Venus in the semifinals.

Salute to @Madison_Keys, @SloaneStephens & @Venuseswilliams for reaching the #usopen qtrs; 1st time in history 3 bl…