Basking in her latest victory Monday, a beaming
For Williams, tennis is still fun. She's 34 but on the rise in the rankings, and she beat former No. 1
Williams is a three-time Key Biscayne champion, but her most recent title came in 2001. Seeded 16th, she's into the quarterfinals at the tournament for the first time since 2012.
"Tennis has always been a blast," Williams said. "But, you know, I'm feeling good out there."
She could meet her sister Serena in the final. Serena, who has won the tournament a record seven times, advanced by beating 2006 champion
In men's third-round play, No. 4
While Serena, 33, has been ranked No. 1 for the past two years, Venus' fortunes are only lately on the upswing after health issues caused a long slump that stirred retirement speculation. In January at the
"I don't give up, and I believe in myself no matter what the odds are and what you may experience," she said. "I have always seen it as something to overcome, and not something that could stop me."
Unlike her sister, she has never tired of tennis, a problem for some top players even before their skills decline.