A Message from the Wimbledon Champ
7/8/05 3:04 PM
Venus stops to sign autographs
for guests at the Champions Ball
Hello, everyone! I know, I know, it’s been a while since I wrote last, I think before the French Open, boy I have been busy!
As you know, I GOT THE WIMBLEDON TITLE!!!! I am still somewhat in disbelief, every time I think about the tournament my mind turns into jelly and I get tired thinking of all the work that went into it.
What was the difference between this tournament and the rest over the last two years? Just playing one match at a time, it was just that simple. The problem in the past has been that I knew that I could win events and I spent so much time thinking about the next rounds that I got ahead of myself and pressured myself to get the win until it was really just too much pressure to handle! I changed my way of thinking at this last tournament and look what happened! Oh yeah, I looked at a few more balls and stayed down with it and I had only one match when my first serve percentage was below 70%!
The finals match was just like the others, just one match at a time. I did not think about winning or losing just playing. I figured that if I thought too hard about winning or losing, that I would just tighten up. Instead I thought about doing the right things technically on the court, and letting my superb techniques take me to the win (hopefully).
In fact, I spent the whole match down except for the last two minutes. When I got that last break in the third set I knew I had to take my opportunity. I knew that my opoponent could be mentally having a letdown because of the fact that she could not put me away. Also, she had been so close so many times, she was probably a little down in spirit during that last minute or two of the match and I ran away with it.
Venus celebrates her victory at dinner with friends and family.
Anyway, after the match I was so, what’s the word, EXHILARATED! These past two years I was always imagining what it would be like to hold a Grand Slam trophy again, how I would react. To be honest I thought I would cry but I was all smiles and jumps!
I am at Fed Cup now in Moscow, no time for rest and relaxation, although I do need it. I’m tired and I am starting to get aches and pains from no rest. Next week I will get a few days off but have a brutal press schedule leading up to the premiere of the reality show on July 20th. I know you all will be watching!