Venus Williams left up a creek without her rackets after her luggage goes on Bahamas holiday

James Richardson
Venus Williams in action
A delighted Venus Williams

While Venus Williams was flying to Montreal to take part in the WTA 1000 National Bank Open, her bags were headed to the Bahamas.

Williams called out American Air after the carrier sent her luggage to the Bahamas.

She says she spent hours on the phone with them trying to get the issue resolved but to no avail.

“Dear @americanair, I love flying with you all,” Williams wrote on her Instagram Stories.

“I’m even in the million mile club! I’m not sure why you sent my bag to the Bahamas when I was travelling to Montreal. Now I have a match today. I’ve been trying to get my bags for 3 days now. I think I spent all my unlimited minutes calling you all which has become my full time job day and night.

“This has been so much fun!”

The lost luggage came on top of a pretty rough preparation period for Williams who was determined to take part in Montreal.

“I feel like it’s been too long,” Williams said at Media Day on Sunday. “I really fought my utmost to be here. Icing five times a day, therapy three times a day, praying, all sorts of interventions.

“I’ve never played here a lot in my career, and I just didn’t want to miss it,” Williams said.

“So I gave it my all to be here. So I’m going to give my best out there on court.”

Williams, now 43, keeps going as a professional because of her love of the game.

“I could be doing a bunch of other things besides hours of training, and there’s a lot of fun things to do, a lot of intriguing things to do, a lot of work things that I could be doing,” Williams said.

“So continuing to make that choice, to put in hour after hour is probably the toughest part.

“I don’t know how anyone else trains but I train until failure. So when the day is over, it’s because I couldn’t go any further. Then the next day starts and you train once again into failure. That kind of intensity, it’s a lot, but it’s what is required. It’s all I know. I still pursue other things. But to be great at anything, you have to give it a million percent.

“I love what I do and over the past few years for me, they haven’t been healthy years,” Williams added.

“I need to be in a place where I can play on my terms the way I’d like to play.”

Venus Williams lost her opening round match in Montreal to fellow American Madison Keys.

READ MORE: Why Holger Rune can win the US Open