Joe Wolfond

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Venus Williams just isn’t within the enterprise of creating excuses, and she or he refused to let anybody make any for her after she misplaced Saturday’s Wimbledon last to Garbine Muguruza.

Williams, 37, had a robust begin to the match, however let go of the rope after failing to transform two set factors within the first, and went on to get bageled within the second.

In her publish-match press convention, a reporter provided her any variety of affordable outs for the listless second-set efficiency: Was it her age catching as much as her? Had fatigue performed an element? Was her power-sapping autoimmune dysfunction, Sjorgen’s Syndrome, in charge?

Williams brushed proper previous the query, selecting as an alternative to tip her cap to Muguruza.

“She performed rather well,” Williams stated. “She performed prime tennis, I’ve to provide her credit score for simply enjoying a greater match. I’ve had an awesome two weeks, and I am wanting ahead to the remainder of the summer time.”

Afterward, she was requested a variation of the identical query, and provided an analogous response:

“I feel she performed superb. She performed superb.”

It was Venus’ second main last of the yr, after having gone eight years with out making one, and a win would’ve made her the oldest Slam champ within the Open period, however she was equally dismissive when requested how she’s managed to defy the chances and the ageing curve to return to the highest of the game.

“These aren’t my ideas or phrases, that I am not imagined to be doing this,” she stated. “I am doing precisely what I am presupposed to be doing, proper now.”

As a comply with-up, she was requested what she has inside her that permits her to maintain doing this. As soon as once more, she refused to mince phrases.

“I feel,” she stated, “some good tennis.”