She looked as good as she has in years in her third-round loss at Wimbledon to Petra Kvitova. So Venus Williams silenced the retirement talk before continuing her pursuit of a doubles title with Serena.
They weren't supposed to be here, but we're glad they are. An Australian Open full of surprises has left us with a delightful final matchup between Li Na, who considered retirement last summer, and No. 20 seed Dominika Cibulkova.