Venus Williams was gracious in defeat at Wimbledon

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Although Venus Williams was defeated 7-5, 6-0 by Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final, she left Centre Court with the kind of gracious sportsmanship fans love, and expect, to see from the 37-year-old.

The American had two set points at 5-4, but couldn’t capitalize, and she lost her grip on the match quickly after that. Yet her first comments after the match were praise. She praised Muguruza’s run, thanked her team and remembered her sister Serena.

“I’m sure it means so much to you [Muguruza] and your family, well done today – beautiful”

– Venus Williams#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/JJEeDziGUL

– Wimbledon (@Wimbledon)July 15, 2017

It was a treat for fans to reflect on Williams’ legacy while she competed for a sixth Wimbledon title, and many came away with even greater appreciation for her character:

But the exceptional grace that Venus Williams can muster at her most disappointed & heartbroken is something that goes beyond sport, for me.

– Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease)July 15, 2017

Can Williams keep putting herself in position to win more majors? She was the runner up to Serena in the Australian Open final, and this was her best Wimbledon result since 2009.

“There’s always something to learn from the matches you win and the ones you don’t. There’s something for me to learn from this”

– Venus pic.twitter.com/6CUNrO2MBO

– Wimbledon (@Wimbledon)July 15, 2017

In press after the match, Williams further elaborated on her determination to win another major.

“I’ve had a great two weeks. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer. Definitely I’m in good form. I’ve been in position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles,” she said. “That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in. It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.”

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