Sunday, April 8, 2012

Serena Williams Lives in the Moment

Our final post from the 2012 Family Circle Cup.

Serena Williams has a dog.

Serena Williams serves to Lucie Safarova
That's what everyone in attendance to her post-match press conference.

In the middle of discussing her defeat of Lucie Safarova 6-0, 6-1, her trainer had entered the room.  And her dog began to attempt to get out.

"Would someone get that man out of here?" she laughed, near uncontrollably, as a member of her entourage packed the dog back into it's bag.  "I'll see you in five minutes." he smiled as he backed out of the room.  Soon the laughing calmed down. 

"It was frustrating." she said, talking about her recovery from knee and ankle injuries which had slowed down the legendary career she had earned.  "But it really helped me to appreciate the moment and live for the now."

The greater now was her 2012 Family Circle Cup championship, the second of her career.  The greater now was her return to the top of the WTA ranks, where she was now perched at seventh.  The greater now was the likely continue.  The greater now was the way she had mowed down the competition, looking vintage Serena at peak form.  The greater hope for the future was the hopes that her sister Venus would join her in London for the 2012 Olympics.  But that wasn't what mattered to Serena Williams.

Serena Williams speaks after her victory
So what of the future for Serena Williams?  "My next tournament is so far away it's not even in my thoughts.  Right now my future is this, this press conference, honestly."

So there she sat.  In that moment.  Laughing.  Having trouble catching her breath.  Ignoring the new trophy that sat at her side.  Giving pause to the people gathered in front of her.  Not worrying about what lay ahead of her.

Serena Williams has a dog.

And in that moment that's all that mattered.
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1 comment:

  1. A comfortable tournament for Serena but does anyone think she can win the French Open title on the red clay of Roland Garros.