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Love signifies nothing in tennis scoring.

Love means everything to Venus Williams.

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In a match of the oldest and youngest quarterfinalists, the 37-year-old Venus powered past Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 7-5, into the Wimbledon semifinals for the 10th time.

Contesting her 20th Wimbledon, Williams explained her renaissance in one word: Love.

“I love it,” Williams told the media after reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals. “I try really hard. There's no other explanation. You do your best while you can. That's what I'm doing."

It’s a love affair that is invigorating: Venus is now one win away from her second Grand Slam final of the season.

“I love this game,” Williams said. “That's why I put in the effort and the time. It's a beautiful game. It's been so good to me.”

The five-time Wimbledon champion said her passion for the sport is rooted in daily opportunity for self-improvement.

“I love the challenge,” Williams said. “I love pressure. It's not always easy dealing with the pressure. There's constant pressure. It's only yourself who can have the answer for that.

“I love the last day you play, you're still improving. It's not something that is stagnant. There's always a reason. You have to get better. I love that. The competition keeps you growing. You have to get better if you want to stay relevant.”

Photo credit: Ashley Western/CamerSport


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