Defying an energy-sapping disease, Venus Williams has pushed herself farther than she ever imagined at age 37 to reach her 39th career Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open.

US ninth seed Williams, seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, defeated Spain’s 35th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro yesterday.

She booked a Tuesday fight for a semi-final spot against Czech 13th seed Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner.

In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren’s disease, which leaves her weakened and pushed her into a vegan diet to stay competitive and combat the illness.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s living legend Usain Bolt will be honoured with two statues and not one as previously announced.

The Minister of Sports Olivia Grange in making the announcement recently at the launch of the JN Foundation “Heroes in Action” Fun Run/Walk said that a second statue will be erected in honour of the great man, hinting that it could be in the parish of his birth, Trelawny.

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