Thanks to her title Sunday at the Zhuhai Elite Trophy, Venus Williams will finish the year ranked in the Top 10 at No. 7.
The 35-year-old Venus is also the oldest to place in the Top 10 in 20 years since a 38-year-old Martina Navratilova did it at the start of 1995.
“It’s a great thing to be Top 10 now with the level of the game, but I’m still very hungry. I’m ready for more,” Venus said. “I’ve had so many experiences in tennis that I still expect a lot from myself. So I’m very happy to be moving forward, but I also want to continue, and not stop here.”
Venus capped her week at the event, which features the top players not to have qualified for Singapore, with a win over Karolina Pliskova 75, 76(6).
“Seven weeks here in Asia and now I feel like it’s my home!” Williams said. “I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm. To see every seat filled for every match, that’s all the players and tournament hope for.
“Also congratulations to Karolina. She deserved to win too – I was really lucky to win at the end.”
Venus, who began the tournament ranked No. 11, won all four matches at the event defeating Madison Keys, wildcard Saisai Zheng, Roberta Vinci and then Pliskova.
The 7-time Grand Slam winner finishes in the Top 10 for the 12th time in her career and first since 2010. She won two titles in 2015 with a 41-13 record and two Grand Slam quarterfinals.
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