Serena Williams Back On The Court After Emotional Exit From Australian Open Press Conference
In life, a lot of it is about how you respond to adversity.
Rocky Balboa in that classic boxing film where Rocky is played by Sylvester Stallone, said in a touching scene with his son:
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life,” Rocky said as transcribed by IMDb. “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Serena Williams can attest to that as she was in the Australian Open semifinals and lost to Namoi Osaka. After the match during a press conference where she was asked if that would be her farewell and then about her play on the court, she got emotional and left the press conference.
Now, people could choose to respond to a loss and tough questions by letting it get to them and not being productive. Or, you could choose to grow stronger through it and be who you’re called to be.
Serena apparently chose the latter.
Williams posted a video back on the tennis court, rallying back and forth with men’s professional tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
“Just a casual hit…” Williams said in an Instagram post.
“My practice partner is better than yours 🐐…” Dimitrov said in an Instagram post.
Williams commented on Dimitrov’s post: “Nope mine is better than yours 🤷🏿♀️🤷🏿♀️”.
Instead of sulking, Williams is back on the court getting ready for her next match it appears. Whichever tournament that may be in, you know she’ll be ready.
With that, we have to end on some more Rocky:
“Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth,” Rocky said as transcribed by IMDb. “But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
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