Venus Williams: Women would want more matches on Centre or Court No. 1

Venus, after her win over Ana Konjuh, said that Wimbledon needs to consider scheduling more women matches on Centre Court or Court No. 1.

Venus Williams will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinal next.   -  Getty Images

Former World No. 1 Venus Williams expressed that she would want to see more women players play on Centre Court or Court No. 1 at the Wimbledon.

The talk of the town was when women’s No. 1 seed, Angelique Kerber, was asked to play back-to-back matches at Court No. 2. On Monday, Kerber’s fourth round match was held on Court No. 2 against former Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza and the match turned out to be a thriller. However, a lot of fans and players were left questioning about the logic behind court scheduling.

Venus, after her win over Ana Konjuh, said that Wimbledon needs to consider scheduling more women matches on Centre Court or Court No. 1.

“This day is always a tough day. The scheduling has stayed the same on this day since I've been around. I don't remember the earlier days, though, to be honest. But, you know, I'm sure that the women, we would want more matches on Centre or Court No. 1 over the whole fortnight,” Venus said.

She added, “I mean, I've been in that position before. Similar.”

She also said that the tournament this year may be wide open with Serena being absent from the Grand Slam, but for her it is always about her own play.

“When I come to these tournaments, my focus is just me, not necessarily the other 127 women. So that is all I can control, is my performance. That's still my focus at the moment.

Venus will next play against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who has made it to her second and consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal this year. The match will also mark Venus’s 100th match at Wimbledon. When asked about her feeling, she said: “ I don't know yet. Have to ask me when I'm retired, what it feels like. But for now, it's all about focusing on the best performance possible tomorrow.”

The former Wimbledon champion said that she is happy for the young Latvian. “Haven't seen her (Ostapenko) play a lot. I didn't watch any of the French when I was finished with it. I know she had an amazing moment there. She's riding on that momentum. Confidence I'm sure. It's just been such an amazing result for her. You know, so I'm definitely really happy for her.”

Speaking about her own play, Venus said: “I think I'm playing pretty solid. For me it's about getting through the round. You're not going to play perfect every round. I would like to play, you know, in straight sets every round. That would be great. If not, all that matters is you win.”

“Winning never gets old at any stage in your career, ever, ever.”