‘Didn’t Even Trust a Part of My Body’: Venus Williams Opens Up on Dealing With Various Obstacles During Injury Period

Published 02/04/2022, 8:10 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 08: Venus Williams of The United States of America celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles first round match against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

American tennis star Venus Williams has been an extraordinary player on the Tour throughout her over-two-decade long career. Bursting onto the scene in the 1990s, she is one of the main reasons for a huge shift in women’s tennis across the world. The 41-year-old is still competing on the circuit at an elite level. 

However, it is only natural for a player to not be able to execute at the same level as they grow older. During Williams’ career, she has dealt with injury concerns on a regular basis. In the recent past as well, her performances have been limited due to injuries. 

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Venus Williams insists one must always be positive 

In a recent interview, Venus spoke about the various challenges she has faced throughout her career with her fitness. There have been moments when things have not gone according to her wishes, but Venus insisted the main focus should be on maintaining confidence, even when morale is low.

The 41-year-old player spoke on this subject and stated, “I’ve had a lot of challenges in my life. I’ve gotten to the point where I [once] didn’t even trust a part of my body to perform like to go up and downstairs, so how in the world do you come back to play tennis? There have been moments where maybe I had weight gain. No matter what your level is, you have these different moments where you need to boost your confidence.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 31: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates victory in her match against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands during day one of the WTA 500 Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Speaking on Venus’s performances in recent times, due to injury, she did not compete at the US Open last season and followed it by skipping the recently concluded Australian Open 2022 as well.

Nonetheless, her career has been a glittering one and her presence on the court will always be cherished. Fans will be hoping to see her in action soon.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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