HEART OF A WARRIOR…best describes the two tennis titans – Venus and Serena Williams – individually and collectively!
So says the theme song of the documentary film about the sisters. (Venus and Serena’ – Features Music of Wyclef Jean: CLICK HERE→ http://wp.me/p1O3xi-Zh“)
Still doubtful though it seems are some in the tennis media and far too many in the twitter world.
Poised, charismatic and confident is how the Williams Sisters continue to face such continuing scrutiny. They voice a familiar theme ingrained by their parents when they were but young girls–coming to the court mentally focused to play ‘strategic’ tennis with one intention, that of winning it all!
What else when parents proclaimed as your destiny – becoming Number One and Number Two in women’s tennis?
And always they show their pure joy of playing the game they love.
Okay now, the World #1 Serena Williams, is supposedly shaking in her boots – excuse me, make that tennis sneakers – because soon she’ll be across the net from a player who in the words of ESPN Tennis Commentator Chris Fowler: “Gave her a beat down.”
True Garbine Muguruza beat the defending champion 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of last year’s French Open. At the same time Serena never found her rhythm in that match; finishing with 29 unforced errors and without her usual dominant serve, winning only 17-of-31 (55 percent) first-serve points.
But when Roger Federer lost the other day (not playing at his best) ESPN devoted extra time to his post-match interview, bemoaning his early exit, never were terms like “he was stunned” or “beat down” uttered. Hmmmm.
(Now I’m a big fan of Fed but the significant difference shown the two tennis greats by ESPN has me shaking my head in dismay)!
DOUBT SERENA IF YOU WANT – BUT HERE’S A REMINDER
Two years ago when Serena lost to Virginie Razzano in the first round, it motivated her as never before. Proof is in the record books: she won Wimbledon, Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles in London, and the US Open over the next three months, and then she put the icing on the cake – ending the year with a title at the WTA Championships. And now
“I rest my case” – as Venus stated in an earlier interview during this year’s Aussie Open!
CONCERNING VENUS and THAT QUESTION of RETIREMENT
Seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams keeps proving that she’s got plenty left in her tennis tank and is now on an 8-0 run after winning the lead-up Auckland Classic.
Questions about her longevity were raised in 2011 when she was temporarily sidelined by Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease with potentially debilitating effects. Her play indicates that she is managing the condition as Venus tells of an off-season spent working very hard:
“I feel like I’m coming into the season as fit and healthy as I have in many years, so for me that’s exciting and I have a positive outlook.
My goal is to be like Serena Williams!”
Rather emphatically elder sister Venus let it be known that her focus is on winning more titles (she has 46 in her career). Asked her level of excitement about her wins, since she hasn’t been beyond the third round of a major since Wimbledon 2011, she states that she did not come to the Australian Open to just reach the fourth round.
“There is a scripture that says faith without works is dead,” Williams said. “So you have to have faith, but you have work, too. So, I’m doing both.”
Venus reflected more on where her game is, at this point in her career, when she granted Australian Open TV access during her training session ahead of her fourth round match.
And Serena, ever the supportive younger sister, had this to say in response to recurring questions from reporters about Venus:
“She’s in a good place,” explained Serena, whom Venus defeated the last time they played, last summer in a tournament in Canada. “She’s done so much in her career. She doesn’t have to win another match.”
Watch Video Below
Serena responds to those “slow-start questions” when she talked to the press after her win over Elina Svitolina in the third round.
Venus and Serena Williams:
a Profile of Charisma, Elegance, Grace and the Heart of a Champion
Tennis Royalty (Titles to Prove It!)
That time the Williams Sisters endorsed Nabisco Calorie Pack Snacks Diet Divas – See more at: Frank Herholdt shot the Nabisco campaign that featured Venus and Serena Williams!
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