Newport Beach, CA, USA - Venus Williams's run to the Wimbledon final at 37 years of age impressed tennis fans around the world - and inspired her fellow players, not least Maria Sharapova.
The Russian, now 30, says that Venus has set an example in terms of career longevity for others athletes to follow.
"Just take an example from Venus, who’s able to do what she did at Wimbledon - to perform at the level that she’s able to perform at is an incredible example," Sharapova said at a press conference during the World Team Tennis event in California. "She’s definitely set the bar high."
Sharapova has now recovered from a muscle injury suffered prior to the start of the grass-court swing, and helped Orange County Breakers to a 22-19 victory over the San Diego Aviators on Monday by winning both her sets.
Asked about her form, Sharapova said: "I played much better than I did a week ago. That was an improvement and one of the main reasons why I wanted to come out here and play."
The former WTA World No.1 is scheduled to play at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, which begins on July 31.