Australian Open

Venus says desire still burning

2015-01-20 10:06
Venus Williams plays a shot in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot, AP)

Melbourne - Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said her will to win was undimmed as she launched her 15th Australian Open campaign Tuesday with a victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

The 34-year-old American, seeded 18 this year, breezed past the Spaniard 6-2, 6-2.

Williams said she was feeling match-fit after winning the Auckland Open warm-up event.

"I love the game, I love the thrill, I love the 'Go Venus'," she said.

"It takes a lot of work to get to this level, so while I can play I'm going to play, when I can't I'm going to watch it on TV."

Williams has made the final at Melbourne Park once, in 2003, along with one appearance in the semis and five in the quarters since she debuted in 1998.

She said she was not looking too far ahead into this year's draw.

"My whole goal is to win my match, it's just that simple, no one gives it to you," she said.

She will play either compatriot Lauren Davis or Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic in the second round.

Read more on:    australian open  |  venus williams  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.