Venus Williams, a seven-time Majors champion, has advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championship, arguably tennis’ main event and most historic tournament. And it’s happened just over a month after she was involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of 78-year-old, Jerome Barson, on June 9.
“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson, and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers,” Williams wrote on Facebook, after she broke down at a press conference.
After the police originally released a statement saying Williams violated the right of way, and was at fault, the Palm Beach Gardens Police exonerated her, as a TMZ video showed she didn’t do anything illegal.
In the midst of all this, Williams is still competing, and at an extremely high level. After advancing to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon, she defeated Ana Konjuh (6-3, 6-2), which was followed by a Quarterfinals victory over Jeļena Ostapenko (6-3, 7-5), advancing the eldest Williams sister to a Semifinals berth.
It’s hard to put yourself in Williams’ shoes heading into the tournament, dealing with the horrible tragedy, but somehow, she has exerted incredible strength, and is now in another Grand Slam semifinals round, her second during the calendar year.
Williams has pushed herself emotionally and physically over the last couple of weeks, and now that the Wimbledon title is within reach, it’s time to ask: Is she destined to win? It’s not often that we discuss these types of circumstances in sports, thankfully so, but with everything she has been through recently, it would be a well deserved championship, that would feel bitter sweet for the 37-year-old.
She faces Johanna Konta, the No. 6 ranked player, with a championship opportunity on the line, on July 13 at 6:30 a.m. ET. Williams has proved before that she is stronger than most, and a Wimbledon title, which would be her fifth, feels like it could be destiny.
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