‘A Real Low Point in My Life’ – When Serena Williams Bravely Admitted the Impact of Her Parents’ Separation on Her Game

Published 07/09/2022, 1:58 PM EDT

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Serena Williams is one of the top female athletes in the world. The 40-year-old recently made a comeback to court after a long hiatus. To everyone’s surprise, she took a wildcard entry to the Wimbledon Championships. However, her return to tennis was not as expected and the 23-time Grand Slam champion crashed out in the first round only.

While many believe it might be the end of Serena’s time, but the legendary player knows how to bounce back from rough times. Back in 2002, Serena was going through a terrible phase emotionally. Being on top of her game, she was coping with the effect of problems within the family.


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Serena’s pep talk to herself

Back in 2002, Serena was not in a very good mental space. The reason being the estranged relationship between her father and mother. Another thing that bothered her was the constant urge to replicate her elder sister Venus, who was a star by then. Serena termed that time as “terrible times, a real low point in my life.” However, Serena gave herself a pep talk before leaving for her European season.

here’s what she said“I had to stop feeling sorry for myself.” Also, I had to realize that I wasn’t Venus. I used to want to be her—not be like her, be her—and I think that held me back.”


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However, the Serena that we know today is a self-made star and doesn’t need her sister’s name for the introduction.

Serena Williams eyes US Open return

After an unsuccessful comeback campaign, the 40-year-old will look forward to the Grand Slam at home. Returning after a long injury layoff, the former world number 1 has already lost her rankings. After using one of her wildcard entries in Wimbledon Championships, the American will definitely target the next mega-event, the US Open.


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Speaking at the post-match press conference, Serena was definitely unhappy with her performance. However, she hinted at playing in the US Open later this year.

“There’s definitely lots of motivation to get better and to play at home,” she said.


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Now that she is back in action, we can wait to see her play again. Can she win her 24th Grand Slam later this year? Let us know in the comments.


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Gaurav Verma


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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.
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Deepakshi Chaudhary