After making her long awaited return to the BNP Paribas Open in 2016, seven-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Venus Williams will make her way to Indian Wells once again this year.
In 2016, Venus Williams followed little sister Serena’s lead by making a long awaited return to the BNP Paribas Open.
She didn’t regret it for one moment.
“It just shows that… you can always come back home,” a smiling Venus told reporters after her match against Karumi Nara. “You can always go home.”
It was not the return that Venus was hoping for, losing to Nara in less-than-ideal conditions as a storm interrupted their match. But Williams, now 36, could be seen on the practice court earlier in the week smiling and enjoying being back at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“I think I smiled the whole warm-up,” Williams said about her match. “I had to get my game face on. It was tough to do.”
It won’t be tough to find Venus fans at the BNP Paribas Open in 2017, the same that flocked to the event last year to support the American in droves. She is still seeking her first title at the event, while Serena aims for an historic third Indian Wells crown.
Venus wowed the tennis and sporting worlds last month by making her first Grand Slam final since 2009, losing to Serena in an all-Williams Australian Open final. The last time they met in the championship match in Melbourne was in 2003.
Is this the last year fans have a chance to see Venus on tour? She hasn’t led us to believe so, but her continued play into her late 30s is inspiring. Will you be in Indian Wells this year to watch her from up close? Another reason why Tennis Paradise is the place to be for so many tennis fans.