Venus Williams has had a challenging, yet satisfying, season. Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease, kept her out of competitive tennis from September 2011 through March 2012.
She has gotten progressively better physically and competitively on the tennis court; winning the Wimbledon doubles title with sister Serena, reaching the third round of the Olympics tennis singles competition, winning Olympic doubles gold with sister Serena, and reaching the semifinals in singles at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The WTT Championships was held in Charleston, S.C., over this past weekend with the title match being contested between the Washington Kastles (Venus Williams, Raquel Kops-Jones, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova, Arina Rodionova, Edina Gallovits-Hall and Treat Huey) and the Sacramento Capitals (Marty Fish, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Mark Knowles, Asia Muhammad, Yasmin Schnack, Ryan Sweeting, Coco Vandeweghe, Vania King and Alex Kuzentsov).
The format for WTT play is a team comprised of 2 men, 2 women and a coach. Team matches are 5 sets with 1 set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
In the finals, Venus and teammate Anastasia Rodionova won the women’s doubles putting Washington up 8-6. Sacramento won the men’s doubles to lead 11-10, and Washington won the mixed doubles, sending the championship into a final women’s showdown, tied at 15 games each, between Venus and Coco Vandeweghe.
Coco broke the serve of Venus to lead 3-2, but Venus broke right back and the match went to the WTT’s best-of-9-point,
super tiebreaker. Coco lead 2-0 before Venus won 5 of the next 7 points to win the match.