At 36, Venus Williams is still a threat


Nick McCarvel, Special for USA TODAY Sports
6:13 p.m. EDT June 30, 2016

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WIMBLEDON, England — This much is clear at this point: Only Venus Williams knows when Venus Williams will stop playing tennis.

Or maybe she doesn’t.

“I’m not into a swan song,” Williams, 36, said with a smile on Thursday. “When I’m done, it will be done.”

But as of now, Venus isn’t done. Not even close, it appears. She won her second round singles match against 20-year-old Maria Sakkari in three sets before she and sister Serena took to the court shortly thereafter to win doubles.

While that was happening, Venus was named to the U.S. Olympic team for the fifth time — the same number as Michael Phelps — where she is a former singles gold medalist (2000) and three-time winner in doubles (2000, 2008 and 2012).

“It’s hard to think about the end when you’re playing well,” said Williams, who is the oldest player to be seeded inside the top 8 at a major…

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