Olympic Tennis 2012: Why Venus Williams Has a Legitimate Shot to Win Gold

Joe Fitzhenry@@joefitz1014Correspondent IIJuly 31, 2012

Olympic Tennis 2012: Why Venus Williams Has a Legitimate Shot to Win Gold

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    Just a few years ago, this article would have seemed silly.

    Venus Williams was one of the best tennis players in the world, and she had a legitimate chance to win every time she stepped on the court. 

    Times have changed, however, with an autoimmune disease causing Venus to take a long absence just last year, but she has looked great in two Olympic matches thus far. 

    This article will take a look at three reasons why Venus Williams has a legitimate shot to bring home the gold in London. 

She Looks Rejuvenated

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    Over the course of her first two matches, Venus has shown shades of her old self at the All England Club. 

    Just this morning, Williams handled Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in straight sets. She won by scores of 6-1 and 6-3. 

    At one point during the match, the three-time Olympic gold medalist won eight consecutive games against Wozniak and took charge. 

    Venus also broke her rival from the north six times in eight games and brought back memories of days gone by. 

    Nobody may know exactly what it is, but she just looks rejuvenated on the court, and this could help carry her deep into the Olympic tournament. 

Hungry for Gold

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    Just about a year removed from being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue, Venus Williams has made quite the splash in her first few days in London. 

    She appears as hungry for gold as ever, and has the chance to capture what would be numbers four and five in her career. 

    Playing in the singles tournament, along with competing in doubles with her sister Serena, Venus Williams could enjoy some time atop the medal podium if she continues to play like she has in her first two matches. 

    We aren't quite at the deeper stages of the tournament yet, but Venus fans have to be thrilled by what the California native has shown over the first couple of matches. 

Venus Plays Best at the All England Club

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    Venus Williams has won five of her seven career major titles at Wimbledon, and seemingly, there's just something she likes about playing on Centre Court. 

    The most recent title came in 2008, but this year may be her best shot to once again capture a big win at the All England Club. 

    Heck, it has been two-and-a-half years since Williams has won a title of any kind, and you have to think that the determination to show she can still play is a big part of what's driving her right now. 

    Her third round opponent will be No. 7 Angelique Kerber of Germany, who should present the toughest challenge for Venus thus far in these Games. 

    The match could tell us a lot about how much we should buy into the supposedly rejuvenated Venus Williams. 

    Personally, I think it is all warranted. This is the best tennis she's played in years and the results are showing that.