The only reason i play tennis is because of Venus Ebony Starr Williams.
I remember flipping the channels and caught a glimpse of the Queen against baby sis during the 2001 Us Open. I just was shocked at her grace, her style, her demeanor on court. Not too fiesty, not to staid, just right. Venus just mesmorized me
I became a fan at that moment, catching V whenever I could.
At tournaments, on-line, in the news. Venus was #1. I didnt even like tennis, I just liked Venus. After not seeing V for quite awhile, and actually forgetting about her (
) I flipped the channels and again, it was the queen against the princess. Her grace and smile and losing (all though it became too familiar) and that wave, and oh taking those pictures.
Venus was just too much!
So I went to the store, bought me a racket, some balls, and was determined to play like Venus. All though it took me about 2 months just to hit the ball right, watching Venus sweep the hardcourt season numerous times (atleast 50 hours worth), I was able to mimic her every move. Forehand, Backhand, everything was around 35% of Miss Williams' game. Including her serve.
While it worked well at first, Venus serve, which I probably only got about 30% down, really gave me problems. I had trouble generating pace, and when i did, it was erratic. Placement was so-so, although i hit a lot of slice aces, and miss hits were horrible (i once hit a car in the parking lot 100 feet away!) And while I knew it wasnt the motions fault, as I'm now actually pretty good (3.0), the serve had to go. But what was I going to do? Coaches always confused me, and since I taught myself how to play from the get-go, I had to do it again. But then....
this thing came to my attention. It was so easy to duplicate, its not as good, but it works. Good weight distribution, less miss hits, plenty of disguise it worked perfectly.
In my latest matches, I've had a gillion aces, especially slice up the ad-side, something i could never do before.
But while I still love Venus, Serenas serve is sooo much better.
I love ya V, but I had to do it.
Thanks for reading