At 43 years old, American tennis champion Venus Williams, with seven major titles and a former world number one, staged an impressive rally. She clawed back from 1-4 and 1-5 deficits in the first and second sets against Veronika Kudermetova, ranked 16th globally. This remarkable comeback secured her spot in the second round of the Cincinnati WTA 1,000 tournament.
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Despite her current WTA ranking at 533, Venus Williams showcased her resilience on the Cincinnati central court. She received a standing ovation for her tenacity.
In the opening round of the 2023 Cincinnati WTA tournament, Venus Williams, 43, conquered Veronika Kudermetova, the world’s 16th seed, with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. This win marked her first victory over a top-20 player in four years.
“I focused on winning individual points, not the match as a whole. This perspective helped me overcome challenges,” explained the former world number one.
With a 3-5 record in 2023, Venus Williams entered the Cincinnati draw as the 533rd-ranked player. Despite trailing 4-1 in both sets, she rallied by converting six of nine break points.