Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Young Enough to Be Her Daughters Are Still Being Taken. [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Young Enough to Be Her Daughters Are Still Being Taken. [Derived Headline]

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young enough to be her daughters are still being taken to school by the WTA tour's ageless wonder who aimed for her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth major title overall, but first since 2008.

To have a chance at that she entered play Saturday needing to defeatGarbine Muguruza after defeating Johanna Konta in one semifinal Thursday. Of that latter match, Venus ordinarily would have been the sentimental crowd favorite at the All-England Club, but Konta enjoyed passionate home-court advantage as the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semis since Virginia Wade in 1978 -- before even Venus was born. The will of the crowd can only do so much, of course, as No. 1-seeded, Glasgow-born Andy Murray learned Wednesday in a huge upset loss at the hands of 24th-seeded Sam Querrey.

Murray's loss was doubly stunning because Querrey is an American, and U.S. tennis accomplishment on the men's side has largely been quiet since the heydays days of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. No American man has won a major in 14 years, and Querrey is a long shot to end that dry spell.

The United States' drought for women would be even longer if not for the Williams sisters, who have combined to win 25 of their 30 majors since any American woman not named Williams last won one. That would be Jennifer Capriati, in 2002.

So Serena is out pregnant? No problem. Venus took the baton within a Saturday date with Muguruza of adding to the trophy room of her Palm Beach Gardens home.

We complain too much in sports; it's the currency of debate. We don't appreciate enough.

Well, appreciate that the Williams sisters are the most successful siblings in sports history. Appreciate their longevity.

Venus would be the oldest woman ever to win a major. The current record holder? Serena, 35, who set it by winning the Australian Open earlier this year. …

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