After best Wimbledon since '09, Venus Williams vows return

3:40 p.m. EDT July 7, 2016

LONDON (AP) — Even if this was Venus Williams’ best Wimbledon in quite a while, it did not end the way she had hoped.

A five-time champion at the All England Club, Williams made it to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, losing at that stage Thursday to No. 4 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4.

“I did a lot of what I wanted to do. Definitely wanted to do more today, try to arrive to Saturday,” said Williams, referring to the day of the women’s singles final. “But a lot of positives. Of course, I’d like to continue to play this way.”

Since revealing in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with Sjongren’s syndrome, which can cause joint pain and fatigue, Williams had a half-dozen losses in the first round at major tournaments — and zero appearances in the semifinals.

At 36, she was the oldest woman in the field at Wimbledon.

But for the past 1½ weeks, Williams looked once again like a player who opponents need to be worried about.

And she wound up as the oldest woman in the final four at a major since 1994.

Entering the semifinal, Williams had a chance to set up a final against her younger sister Serena, who beat…

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