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.
If you can't go any bigger than that, Ernests Gulbis, it's time to go home. The Latvian's remarks about professional tennis players and motherhood were insensitive, but not even Maria Sharapova could take them seriously.
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.
Though she might be older than her much buzzed about contemporaries who are calling it a career, Serena Williams has no plans to join Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters down the retirement road anytime soon.