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Venus says she still loves playing

Updated: January 6, 2009, 10:02 AM ET
Associated Press

HONG KONG -- Despite watching some of her biggest rivals hang up their rackets in recent years, seven-time major champion Venus Williams says she still has plenty of goals in tennis.

"I love my job. I love hitting balls, running, jumping, chasing after that ball. I love what I do, so that's what keeps me motivated," the 28-year-old Williams said Tuesday in Hong Kong ahead of a tuneup exhibition tournament for the Australian Open.

While many of her contemporaries, like Belgians ...

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