NEW YORK — Amid all the talk of injured men’s players and the hullabaloo over Maria Sharapova reappearing in a Grand Slam, you could be forgiven for having overlooked ninth-seeded Venus Williams lurking there in the U.S. Open draw.
She sealed the win by ripping a forehand return down the line, just out of the Frenchwoman’s reach, then gave the crowd her signature twirl at the net.
Her performance Wednesday was a reminder that Williams is capable of making a deep run in a wide open women’s draw and extend her resurgent 2017 into the final major of the year.
She lost to her sister, Serena, but the championship marked the beginning of a year in which tennis rewound the clock in terms of who occupied the top spots.
There, Williams spent an emotional two weeks navigating questions about her involvement in a fatal South Florida car accident in early June ( she would later be cleared of wrongdoing ).
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