Re: Queen Venus' chat thread: Volume 2 :D
Hey guys, I just wanted to remind everyone to stay positive despite adversity. Here are some of Venus' quotes from the preface of her book Come to Win:
- My loss to Martina Hingis in the semifinals at the 1999 U.S. Open later benefited me in the way Mersereau notes (someone she quoted before this). In that match, I had a lot of opportunities. Hingis was very good, but I believed I was the better player. Yet I didn't win, which was upsetting. I thought, from now on I'm going to do whatever it takes to win. (Well, not whatever it takes - certainly not cheating)
unlike Justine). So going forward, if a ball lands short and I can get to the ball and come to the net, I'm going to get there. I'm not going to sit back and hit the short ball and be scared on the baseline. If the court is open, I'm going to take my shot. I'm not going to miss it. From that loss, my mind'set changed.
- When I played Wimbledon that year (2000), I was the most determined in the draw. That was my tournament and no one else's.
- Nothing in my interior design business, no matter how much I love design, compares to something like holding the Venus Rosewater Dish.
- And, boy, do I love to win; everything is right in the world when I do. I go to tournaments with that goal in mind. From my perspective, you learn a lot from winning and putting yourself in a position to win. There have been times when I've woken up after Wimbledon thinking, "Ah-ha, I'm the Wimbledon champ." There's a complete feeling of satisfaction.
I really hope she remembers this now that she knows she has sjogren's syndrome. This is the mentality woman, you can do it once again.