Following her third title in Dubai, Venus Williams believes she has finally returned to the “Grand Slam path.” The former world No. 1 won her first title since 2012, and first WTA Premier title since 2010, when she defeated Alize Cornet in straight sets last Sunday in Dubai. The win extended her undefeated streak at that tournament to 15-0 an served as an emphatic statement for the remainder of the first half of the season.
After it was revealed back in 2011 that Venus had Sjogren’s Syndrome, an incurable immune system disease that threatened to end her career, many believed, including the American, that her best days were far behind her. Now, after learning how to deal will her disease, Venus is back to her winning ways, reaching the finals in Auckland at the start of the season, and following up with yet another title win in Dubai. Her performances have led her to believe that she may truly be back in Grand Slam contention.
“Winning all those Grand Slam titles, playing deep and getting to the final so many times, those are amazing accomplishments,” Williams told reporters. “It takes a lot of nerve and mental prowess. I’d like to think I’m on that path.”
The 33-year-old is not looking to replicate her past, but to simply improve upon herself and become a more developed competitor.
“But I’m not looking to do anything I did in the past, because I already did that. I’m looking to improve and be a better, smarter Venus. This week is obviously a step—every week for me is a step.”