Wimbledon Breakthrough: A Decade Later, What Is of Venus Williams?

Michael CasentiCorrespondent IJune 9, 2010

As the green lawns of Wimbledon are soon to be seen, it brings to mind how Venus Williams won here exactly a decade ago.  

We heard that shriek of joy, after hitting that ace out wide to win the match.  We saw her give out a bagel in the championship match.  We saw her raise her hands in the air, bring them back down, gritting her teeth.  

We saw here hit a service winner up the T to win the final point of the Women's Singles Championship.  We saw her hug her opponent at the net when she one.  

Venus had her breakthrough match here at Wimbledon, which would be her best Grand Slam to date.  In 2000, she beat Martina Hingis in a classic, and went on to beat the title, beating sister Serena and Lindsay Davenport.  

The next year, Venus handed out a bagel to another great champion and then up-and-coming player, Justine Henin. 

Fast forward to 2005, and we hear Venus save a match point to beat Lindsay Davenport in one of the greatest matches of all time.

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Wait two more years until 2007, and we see the surprise final of Venus and Marion Bartoli, with Venus becoming the lowest-ranked champion to win Wimbledon in the Open era.

And then a year later, Venus grunts her way out for a win over Serena.

Wimbledon has been the playground of the Williams sisters, especially Venus.  Venus won this tournament five times out of 10, while making the final eight times out of 10.

That is quite and achievement!

The aggression of Venus on grass pays off to give her unlimited success at SW19.  It is just time to wonder how Venus will fare this year, a decade after first winning this recognized tournament