Despite turning 36 last summer, Venus Williams continues to challenge for tennis's biggest honors. She will begin 2017 in Auckland, a happy hunting ground where she will be joined by a couple more evergreen talents.
WTA Staff

Venus Williams

2016 Quick Hits
Week 1 Ranking: No.7
Year-End Ranking: No.17
Season Highlights: Title at Kaohsiung
Best Major Result: SF (Wimbledon)

2017 Outlook

Despite turning 36 last summer, Venus Williams continues to challenge for tennis's biggest honors. She proved this at Wimbledon, where she saw off several of the game's brightest young talents to became the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist in 22 years.

It was not the only high point of the campaign either; in Kaohsiung she collected a 49th career title, reaching another final at Stanford before teaming up with Rajeev Ram to win mixed doubles silver at the Rio Olympics - her fifth medal at the Games.

There had been whispers that Brazil could be the curtain call on Williams' wonderful career. However, the American has quashed such talk, outlining her plans to stay on tour until 2018, and even entertaining the possibility of playing until Tokyo 2020.

"I've been working hard in the gym and getting back on the court," Williams said recently. "I just love the game, I really do. I love the challenge. It's been such a part of my life that it's hard to imagine life without it.

"I'm just gearing up for 2017 like I'm sure everybody else is."

Her season opener will come in Auckland, where she will be joined by sister Serena and another thirtysomething still going strong, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Understandably, Williams, who lifted the title in 2015 and reached the final in 2013, is excited about her upcoming visit to the North Island.

"I am so excited to come back to Auckland, which is one of my favorite stops on the circuit," Williams said. "It will be nice to have Serena there as well this year.

"Being in Auckland will be a fantastic way to start 2017 and I am really looking forward to it!"