With a historic five Olympic medals to her name, tennis veteran Venus Williams isn’t completely closed off to the idea of competing in 2020 — when she will be 40 years old.
“God willing, if I really wanted to be there I probably could,” Williams said Sunday (via USAToday) after winning silver in mixed doubles with teammate Rajeev Ram.
“It’s about whether I want to be there and want to continue putting in the work to be there,” she added. “It’s hard. We’ll see.”
While Williams only picked up one medal at the Rio games this time around, she’s gotten plenty of others from court play in the Sydney, Beijing and London Olympics .
Now, she’s in a tie with Britain’s Kathleen McKane who won five medals for tennis between 1920 and 1924. So, if Williams wants to break McKane’s record, she’ll have to swing it out in Tokyo in four years.
Williams won gold in the singles competition in 2000 but lost her opening singles match at the Rio Games last Saturday to 62nd-ranked Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
She said she was fine winning silver in mixed doubles to another American team: Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock.
“We tried hard, we fought hard,” she said. “I feel excited we played well the whole tournament. It’s been an amazing experience; five Olympics for me, and it’s surreal to think about coming out with any hardware at all because it’s so highly contested.”
Williams has a whopping seven Grand Slam singles titles and 14 in doubles.
After her gold medal for singles won in Sydney in 2000, her three other Olympic titles are in the doubles with younger sister Serena.