Venus Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one, had a disappointing end to her Wimbledon campaign this year. She lost in straight sets to Tunisian Ons Jabeur in the second round, despite showing resilience and courage after a nasty fall in the first set.
Williams, who is 41 years old and the oldest woman in the draw, slipped and injured her right leg while serving at 3-3 in the first set. She received medical attention and a bandage, but continued to play with evident pain and discomfort. She managed to save two set points at 4-5, but Jabeur broke her again to take the first set 7-5.
The second set was more one-sided, as Jabeur, the 21st seed and the highest-ranked Arab woman in history, dominated with her powerful and varied shots. She raced to a 5-1 lead and closed out the match with a forehand winner, winning 7-5, 6-0.
Williams, who has won five Wimbledon titles and reached nine finals, received a standing ovation from the crowd as she left the court. She said she was “heartbroken” by the injury and the result, but praised Jabeur for her performance. She also thanked the fans for their support and said she hoped to come back next year.
Jabeur, who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year, said she was honored to play against Williams, whom she called “a legend” and “an inspiration”. She said she wished Williams a speedy recovery and hoped to see her again on tour. She also said she was happy with her own game and confident about her chances in the next round.
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