Venus making plans for Rio
Venus Williams of the USA plays a backhand to Mathilde Johansson of France in her Hopman Cup singles match. Photo: Getty Images
Former world No.1 Venus Williams wants to play on until she’s 36 in a bid to join her sister Serena at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The Williams sisters teamed in London last year to win gold in the doubles, while Serena also claimed the women’s singles title.
Each now has four Olympic gold medals, but both are keen to add to that tally in Rio.
Venus, at 32, is 15 months older than Serena, and had to abort her 2011 season after being struck down by the auto immune disease Sjogren’s syndrome.
But after regaining her health and lifting her ranking back up to 24th, four-time Olympian Venus is confident a stint in Rio isn’t beyond her reach.
‘‘That’s the highlight of my career, being an Olympian,’’ said Venus. ‘‘I can’t even describe the feeling, so I’d like to feel that one more time.
‘‘It’s three-and-a-half years away, so I have to keep my body oiled up and going until that time.
‘‘But other than that there’s a lot to play for. The majors and all those moments. I’m going to try to make the best of my career while I can.’’
World No.3 Serena has set her sights even higher, saying she wants to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win every major title in the same year.
Venus has made a solid start to her summer campaign, notching singles wins over France’s Mathilde Johansson and South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers at the mixed-teams Hopman Cup in Perth.
The US pairing of Williams and John Isner will secure a spot in Saturday night’s final if it beats Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues on Thursday.