Wimbledon 2014: People trying to retire me since I was 25, says Venus Williams

Wimbledon 2014: Venus Williams rubbishes talk of calling time on career after her third-round loss to Petra Kvitova

Venus Williams won Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this year Photo: Marianne Bevis

Venus Williams joked that people have been trying to retire her since she was 25 after the five-time Wimbledon champion lost in three sets to Petra Kvitova.

The 32-year-old won the first set but eventually succumbed to the 2011 SW19 winner, losing 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 on Centre Court in the battle of the former champions.

People have been trying to retire me since I was like 25

Venus Williams

Williams, who is continuing to manage the debilitating Sjogren’s Syndrome, was unsurprisingly quizzed on whether the American will still be playing when Wimbledon comes around in 2015.

Asked if her emotional reaction to the loss was a sign she may not return to SW19, Williams replied: “I don’t know. Have you ever lost a match before?”, and after a positive response, added, “Then you can totally figure out what that feels like.”

Williams, who won the Dubai Tennis Championshipsm, continued: “People have been trying to retire me since I was like 25. For some reason in tennis we always do that to our players. It’s weird. We don’t encourage them to stick around. It’s like, Get out of here.

“So I’m not getting out of here. This year has been a great year for me. I’ve had some tough losses, but I’ve learned a lot from them. I’m finding my way back on my feet.

“I’m proud of myself for what I’m achieving on the court.”

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