Venus Williams back in Wimbledon quarter-finals
Venus Williams has gotten this far before. Many times, in fact.
It's just been a while.
The five-time Wimbledon champion will be playing in the quarter-finals at the All England Club for the 12th time in her career, but the first time since 2010.
"Yeah, it's been a few years. Missed a year or two," said Williams, who has been slowed in recent years by Sjogren's syndrome, a condition that can cause joint pain and saps energy. "But I've been here before. I'm not, like, a deer in the headlights."
The eighth-seeded Williams will take on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan today, a player she has never faced.
Williams reached the quarter-finals by beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-4, while Shvedova defeated 28th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4.
"I've never played her, so we'll see how it goes," Williams said. "First couple rounds were against players I've never played. It's always interesting. You spend the first few games trying to figure out what's working, what's not working. It will definitely be that tomorrow."
All four women's quarter-finals will be played today. In the other matches, it's: Serena Williams vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; Dominika Cibulkova vs Elena Vesnina; and Angelique Kerber vs Simona Halep.
One more men's fourth-round match between Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely will also be completed after darkness suspended play yesterday. Vesely won the first set 6-4, but Berdych won the next two 6-3, 7-6 (8). Vesely then won the fourth set 7-6 (9).
Shvedova will be playing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time, but she is part of history at the club after winning a "golden set" in 2012 - taking every point in a set.
Venus, however, is one of the most successful players in Wimbledon history. The 36-year-old American won her first title at the All England Club in 2000 and then added titles in 2001, '05, '07 and '08.
She then reached the final in 2009 and the quarter-finals in 2010, but has struggled as the years have passed.
"I always want more. I want more out of myself," Venus said. "For sure, I haven't had an easy road, but a lot of people haven't. I try not to think about those sorts of things. I try to think about what I can accomplish."