February 22, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

(Update: even though she lost 6-3, 6-3 to Simona Halep Monday, there’s a good chance she might STILL be in a good mood!)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Tape jobs notwithstanding, 38-year-old Venus Williams is into the fourth round of the Miami Open.

She’ll play No. 2 seed Simona Halep later Monday afternoon.

Williams, unseeded, hasn’t dropped a set in three matches.

She upset seeds Carla Suárez Navarro and Daria Kasatkina in straights.

Williams and Halep have split their six previous encounters.

Whatever is going on in her life, she seems in an ebullient mood this week in Miami.

She did allude, obliquely, to life being pretty good at the moment. So that means it’s probably … great at the moment.

Even Williams’s press conferences, normally an exercise in … (Well, there are a few adjectives that could be inserted here, but let’s just say that they are trying exercises at best), have been pleasant. 

Almost edifying.

Happy Venus

Williams had her first experience on the Grandstand here, and loved it. And expounded upon it.

She also did the mixed zone in lieu of a press conference. Which had to be a new experience for her outside those she would have done at the Olympics.

Here’s what that looked like.

And here’s Williams after that victory over Kasatkina, looking ahead to the Halep match. That one was a regular press conference format.

Whatever it is, let’s hope it keeps up!

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