Venus eyes another all-Williams Wimbledon final

Venus Williams said on Saturday she was dreaming of another Wimbledon final showdown with her younger sister Serena.

Updated: June 19, 2010 12:51 IST
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London :Venus Williams said on Saturday she was dreaming of another Wimbledon final showdown with her younger sister Serena.

The US world number two and five-time Wimbledon ladies' singles champion said she was fit and ready to go as she prepared to do battle on grass once more.

The last two Wimbledon ladies' finals have been disputed between Venus and her sister, with Venus winning in 2008 and Serena winning last year.

The Williams sisters have also won the last two ladies' doubles finals at the All England Club.

"It would be great for us to do the final in singles and doubles," she told reporters.

"The last two years have been really great to anyone named Williams. So I would love for us to have that again."

Having turned 30 on Thursday, Williams feels she is only getting better with age.

"People are able to accept that you can play tennis a lot longer. Before, people didn't go past 27. But at this time, it's when you really most understand the game," she said.

"It's actually an advantage to be out here at this stage in the career.

"The more you win, the more you lose, the more you understand. It's pretty simple. By the time you've played as many years as I have, if you don't understand more about the game, I don't know what to say."

Despite reaching the 30 milestone, her birthday was not a wild affair bursting with celebrations - just more of what she called the "everyday grind".

"I went to practice and I went to the gym. Was it Thursday? Yeah. Nothing special," the US star said.

Williams admitted she was hooked on her sport as she contemplated going into her 50th Grand Slam.

"It's awesome. It's exciting. Tennis players are very addicted to tennis. Anyone who loves this game, they always make it a part of their life. So I'm one of those people. I'm addicted to tennis and I'm addicted to the majors," she said.

Williams said she had not been studying the draw closely, preferring to focus on getting through her matches.

She faces Rossana de los Rios in the first round. In their only previous match, at the 2008 US Open, Williams beat her in straight sets.

"I just take it one round at a time, focus on my game. Of course, I love this surface. Having a lot of success here helps a lot. So I'll be ready to go," she said.

"I don't study the draw because nothing's guaranteed. So what I really focus on is making sure I'm there. If I can't do that, then I can't control any other part of the draw except for my performance."

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