Venus Williams says she still loves that winning feeling as she prepares to take on Jelena Ostapenko.
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - She may be the most senior woman left in the singles draw, but 37-year-old Venus Williams is keen to point out that winning never gets old.

Having beaten two 19-year-olds en route to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, she next faces another young star - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, aged 20.

The five-time Wimbledon winner might be stretching a little more these days to ensure flexibility on the court - but other than that, it's business as usual for her.

"I think I'm playing pretty solid," she told reporters after beating Konjuh. "For me it's about getting through the round. You're not going to play perfect every round. I would like to play, you know, in straight sets every round. That would be great. If not, all that matters is you win.

"Yeah, winning never gets old at any stage in your career, ever, ever."

Ana Konjuh shakes hands with Venus Williams (Getty)
Ana Konjuh shakes hands with Venus Williams (Getty)

Seventeen years on from her first Wimbledon title, Williams is now the oldest quarterfinalist on the women's side since the legendary Martina Navratilova.

"I think that the game has changed a lot in terms of the depth and the power since the first time I won," said Williams. "I would say that's the biggest difference in the game - and of course, I've matured, learned a lot about the game since that time. It's really a big difference."

The fearless Ostapenko is still a little of an unknown quantity for Venus.

"[I] haven't seen her play a lot - I didn't watch any of the French when I was finished with it," she said. "I know she had an amazing moment there. She's riding on that momentum, confidence, I'm sure. It's just been such an amazing result for her."

As one might expect, though, the seven-time Grand Slam champion is ready to think on her feet.

"I think I'll see what happens when I get out there," she added. "I mean, I'm sure she hits well off all sides. I have to see what the nuances are once the game starts, because you can't necessarily plan for those."

The young Latvian, for her part, is playing down the hype around her, reiterating that she is taking the tournament one match at a time.

She has been clear that she is looking forward to the occasion, saying of Venus: "She's such a great player. I will just go on court and enjoy the match because I really have nothing to lose."

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