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Sports With Littlefield: Venus Williams' Strength In Experience At Wimbledon08:46
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Venus Williams returns to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during their Women's Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at Wimbledon Tuesday. (Alastair Grant/AP)
Venus Williams returns to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during their Women's Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at Wimbledon Tuesday. (Alastair Grant/AP)
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At 37 years old, Venus Williams is competing for her sixth Wimbledon singles title against a field of players much younger than her. Three of the most recent opponents in this year's tournament were born in 1997, the year Williams played her first Wimbledon.

Williams reflected on her age at the quarter-final press conference.

"I definitely think experience helps for sure," she said. "For a lot of the players I've played, it's there first time in the third round, quarterfinals, whichever fourth round. I have the opportunity to bank on experience and having dealt with those sort of pressures before."

Wimbledon has also faced criticism for sexist scheduling, after arranging for top-seeded Angelique Kerber, a 2016 Wimbledon finalist, and No. 14 seed Garbiñe Muguruza, a 2015 Wimbledon finalist, to play on the No. 2 Court stadium. The No. 2 stadium has a capacity of 4,000 which is much smaller than the Centre or No. 1 Court -- both of which seat over 10,000.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @onlyagamenpr.

This segment aired on July 12, 2017.

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