Williams defiant after Wimbledon fade-out
TENNIS: A defiant Venus Williams refuses to concede her days of grand slam title contention are over despite a Wimbledon hammering from Garbine Muguruza.
Brusque and morose, Williams could not explain her lapse from holding two set points at 15-40 (4-5) on Muguruza's serve to losing the last nine games of the match in a row.
But, as devastating as the 7-5 6-0 fade-out was, the 37-year-old is convinced she can add to her seven majors - the most recent of which was annexed in 2009.
"I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now,” she said when told "at this age, 37, you're not supposed to be doing what you're doing right now”.
"I believe that those are not my thoughts or words, that I'm not supposed to be doing this,” she retorted.
"I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing right now.
"I'm in good form. I've been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles.
"That's the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in. It's just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.
"Like I said, this is where you want to be. I like to win. I don't want to just get to a final. It's just about playing a little better.”
Williams lamented the two poor forehands she played when Muguruza was fighting to stay in the first set.
"Yeah, definitely would have loved to have converted some of those points,” she said.
"But she competed really well so credit to her. She just dug in there and managed to play better.”
Asked if "age caught up with you”, Williams dead-batted.
"She played really well. I mean, she played top tennis so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match,” Williams said.
"I've had a great two weeks. I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer.
"There's always something to learn from matches that you win and the ones that you don't win. So there's definitely something for me to learn from this.
"But at the same time looking back, it's always about looking forward, too.”
Pressed on whether her 20th Wimbledon attempt was not her last and that she would be back next year, Williams answered: "Presumably, yes”.
Williams has competed at the All England Club under the considerable cloud of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from her alleged involvement in a fatal car accident in Florida last month.