Live your life and forget your age. It’s a simple adage Venus Williams has long subscribed to, one which she only wished her detractors would note.
The 36-year-old again made the best possible statement on Tuesday to stave off questions of hanging up the racquet.
She saw off Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3) to reach her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years and becomes the oldest to progress as far at a major since Martina Navratilova reached the Wimbledon final in 1994.
“Oh my gosh, I’m so excited. Today was such a hard-fought match and she never let up,” a beaming Williams said.
“We’ve always had these quality matches and I knew today would be nothing less.
“It’s wonderful to be here to start the year out with this appearance. I want to go further, I’m not happy just with this.
“I’m so happy to be in a position to go further.”