Re: Wimbledon 2013: Reminiscences of Green Grass
And 2012 remains the only year where Maria made it to back to back Grand Slam finals in the same season.
Here's a quote from Maria from one of her old Doodles after her shock loss to Radwanska at the 2007 US Open. It seems appropriate today.
"Anyways I know it's just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something out....
I didn't leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing.
I didn't spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing.
I didn't spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if I'm going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing.
I didn't sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITF's in the middle of nowhere for nothing.
And I certainly didn't sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my mother's standards, for nothing.
All this has helped me build character and there's no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself.
No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this point.....and that's hard work.
I know that I have become a well known name around the world, therefore my losses are a bigger deal than my wins but don't forget that everyone makes mistakes and everyone has their down moments....this is not the first time and realistically won't be the last.
Looking forward to getting myself up there again."
I wonder if she feels that same hunger and desire to overcome these kinds of tough losses now as she did back then. 6 years is a long time in tennis and she has so many more interests these days. Only time will tell.