Iron Lady: Venus ready for her 20th Roland Garros

Djokovic plays down nerves over recent form

Veteran tennis player Venus Williams will take to Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday in Paris in what will be her 20th year of playing at Roland Garros.

The 36-year-old American tenth seed has played nearly every year since 1997, with the exception of 2011, and despite being three weeks shy of her 37th birthday is still very much a grand slam contender having reached the final of the Australian Open in January.

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Today Venus will be in first round action on Court Suzanne Lenglen against China’s 25-year-old Wang Qiang, who is currently ranked 50th by the WTA.

In an interview carried by Reuters, Williams said she felt ready for the challenges ahead on Paris’ red clay.

“I’m here as I still have a lot to give. That just wraps it up,” said Venus.

The seven-time grand slam singles winner has not had much success at Roland Garros having not got past the quarter-final stage since she lost in the final against sister Serena in 2002.

She does have two French Open doubles titles that she and Serena won in 1999 and 2010.

Sunday’s order of play on the show courts at Roland Garros:

Court Philippe Chatrier (play starts at 17h00 Hong Kong time):
Julia Boserup (U.S.) v 15-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)
Stephane Robert (France) v 11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
16-Lucas Pouille (France) v Julien Benneteau (France)

Court Suzanne Lenglen (play starts at 17h00 Hong Kong time):
Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) v Adrian Mannarino (France)
Christina McHale (U.S.) v 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Bernard Tomic (Australia)
10-Venus Williams (U.S.) v Qiang Wang (China)

Court One (play starts at 17h00 Hong Kong time):
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) v 26-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg)
Marco Trungelliti (Argentina) v Quentin Halys (France)
Camila Giorgi (Italy) v Oceane Dodin (France)
Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) v 6-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)

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