Venus Williams clings to the mantra “Keep it simple.” Seven #GrandSlam titles and scores of accolades later, that hasn’t changed.
The simple explanation might be the best one. She continues to shine because she so enjoys what she is doing. It’s half the battle.
“The satisfying thing is putting in the work and getting the job done,” she told ESPN.com earlier in the week. “When you do that and see the improvement, that’s a great feeling.”
That process might come under the heading of “character building.” It’s an idea that Venus endorses. “Nothing builds character more than sport. It builds character every single day, every single shot.”
Venus has clearly accumulated a lot of capital in that department, despite facing unique challenges over two decades. In its own sphere, the game she plays provides a simple if partial explanation for her longevity at the elite level.