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Family was Venus' inspiration

Family was Venus' inspirationJuly 4, 2005



LONDON (Ticker) - Venus Williams' latest Wimbledon triumph was down to teamwork fashioned by the most famous family in tennis.

The 25-year-old Williams, whose older sister Yetunde Price was murdered two years ago, has yet to dedicate her third Wimbledon crown but made clear the contribution of her close-knit family.

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Venus Williams revealed that it was a last-minute pep talk from her mother, Oracene, that helped sustain her as she battled back from dropping the first set and saving match point against Lindsay Davenport in Saturday's final.

"My mom has always told me to stay tough, tougher than whoever's across the net," she said. "Don't let them last longer than you.

"My mom always says this kind of stuff and I was thinking about that. I wasn't thinking about anything else."

Venus also revealed she drew inspiration from a comeback triumph by Serena over Davenport in Sydney seven years earlier when she recovered from losing the first set, 6-1, to claim an unlikely victory.

"She was so far down and should have lost but she just kept fighting," she said. "After that, I always wanted to be like her.

"Serena's such a fighter and, to be honest, I think I got that from her. I really do. I was trying to fight like her."

The slow-starting Williams fought back to defeat the world No. 1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 9-7, in the longest - and arguably greatest - women's final in Wimbledon history but will not allow her latest success to go to her head.

Recalling words of wisdom from her father, Richard, Williams insists that tennis is not the most important thing in her life.

"There are so many more things that are more important - your family, your beliefs, being a good person, all those things," she said. "Tennis is what I do and it's all consuming but at the same time I have to realize it is just one part of my life. This is only one stage of my life and I will move on from this one day.

"To make sure I have everything in check and that I don't live and die with each win or loss. That's what we were taught."
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I honestly don't get the "I learned this from Serena" thing. Venus was the first to be the fighter.

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I honestly don't get the "I learned this from Serena" thing. Venus was the first to be the fighter.
really? i'm not familiar with their early struggles.
i always saw Serena as the fighter because she had to do it more. Venus would beat everyone by a similar scoreline, supreme consistency.
i still think Serena is the best fighter in womens. Venus' performance in the final was brilliant though.
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in the last 2 years Rena has showed more fight then vee i think that that is what she is talking bout that she uses Rena´s fight matches to inspire her to fight even more.

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Venus had some early fighting. Spirlea at the 97 US Open. Every Hingis match virtually. but Serena just seemed to have to fight mor early on
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It's funny she chose a match back in da day to draw her inspiration from Serena, but I don't care what it was that worked. I would think she was more motivated by Serena winning the AO, but you know how the sisters do it.

I hope that Venus can continue to draw inspiration from Mama Oracene, Lyndrea, Serena, or whomever motivates her to keep fighting. She put on a wonderful display at Wimbledon and her confidence was soaring. I have never seen Venus that emotional, it was great to see.

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I'll say this in public once. I miss serena so much. Fed is my favorite player but no one does it like her.

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It's funny she chose a match back in da day to draw her inspiration from Serena, but I don't care what it was that worked. I would think she was more motivated by Serena winning the AO, but you know how the sisters do it.

I hope that Venus can continue to draw inspiration from Mama Oracene, Lyndrea, Serena, or whomever motivates her to keep fighting. She put on a wonderful display at Wimbledon and her confidence was soaring. I have never seen Venus that emotional, it was great to see.
I'll never forget her reaction, it was so priceless. I thought she was going to cry at first.

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I'll never forget her reaction, it was so priceless. I thought she was going to cry at first.
She kinda did swell up a little when she was thanking her family for staying with her.
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