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Venus Williams’ Tennis Career Saved by Taxi Driver’s Wrong Turn

, Venus Williams’ Tennis Career Saved by Taxi Driver’s Wrong Turn

Veteran Superstar Venus Williams Makes Inspiring Comeback

Venus Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and a five-time Wimbledon champion, is defying the odds and still going strong at the age of 43. Her latest comeback from injury was inspired by a freak incident involving a blundering taxi driver in Paris.

Hamstring Injury Threatened to Derail Career

Williams tore her hamstring in January, adding to a long list of physical setbacks. This particular injury posed a serious threat to her tennis career. The setback prompted Williams to take a two-month mental break before starting her physio rehab.

, Venus Williams’ Tennis Career Saved by Taxi Driver’s Wrong Turn

A Wrong Turn in Paris Leads to a Change of Direction

During a trip to France, the taxi driver took a wrong turn and drove past Roland Garros, the home of the French Open. In that moment, Williams made the decision to change her direction entirely. She got herself fit enough to practice at Wimbledon's indoor courts.

Ready to Make a Comeback

Williams shared her determination to make a comeback, saying, "I found her shoes. Her shoes had the soles taken out. I'm in these shoes. They're too big, with one racket, and I'm trying to find string. I'm like, 'OK, I'm ready to do my rehab again.'"

, Venus Williams’ Tennis Career Saved by Taxi Driver’s Wrong Turn

Triumph and Setbacks at Wimbledon

As a wildcard, Williams made a triumphant start at Wimbledon with a win over No14 seed Veronika Kudermetova. However, she suffered a nasty fall in the first set of her first-round match, which led to her eventual loss against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Williams yelped in pain and refused to shake the umpire's hand after a controversial call on match point.

Looking Ahead to the US Open

Although Williams had to pull out of her next scheduled match in Cleveland due to a knee injury, she remains hopeful about her return to fitness. She aims to compete as a wildcard in the US Open, 26 years after her runner-up result on debut in 1997.

Message to Fans

Williams apologized to her fans in the Midwest and expressed her love for them. She said, "I'm so sorry that I'm not going to be able to make it to Cleveland. I love the fans in the Midwest. You guys are awesome. I love you, sending all my love. I'm so sorry. And I'll see you next time."

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Despite the setbacks and challenges, Venus Williams continues to inspire with her resilience and determination, proving that age is just a number in the world of tennis.

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