Dear tennis friends,
Wimbledon 2013 is still undergoing and I would say this year is full of surprises.
"The shock of all shocks."
That was how tennis legend Chrissie Evert described Serena Williams' fourth-round defeat by Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon on Monday.
In 2013, unpredictability has been the only constant at the world's premier grass court tournament.
The 31-year-old Williams joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka, Sara Errani, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Maria Kirilenko, Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic as players who began play seeded in the top 10 but failed to reach the quarterfinals. Whether they withdrew due to injury (Azarenka, Tsonga) or were merely ousted by an unexpected loss (Nadal, Federer, Sharapova), few of the other stars who departed early even managed to last as long as Williams.
Gosh... what can we say about tennis?
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE UNDERDOGS!
You see, most of us would love to see the hot favorites going through to the final stages of the tournament. They still have to fight matches after matches to get there.
Along the way, the so call underdogs who have nothing to lose in playing the top seeds will try to play their best tennis and see what happens.
This is what has happened to Wimbledon so far. The lower ranked players all played with heart and soul and are driven to get the most out of their abilities.
And best of all, they got the results!
I mean this is why we play tennis for right?
At the end of the day, it's really about the joy of competing, finding a way to play better, challenging yourself to reach another level with your tennis...and learning a ton of life lessons along the way.
And even if you are never good enough to play at the highest
level, at your recreational tennis matches, you can still challenge yourself to perform beyond expectations. This "feel good" feeling will be with you forever.
Keep learning and improving as long as you play and you can
never go wrong.
Enjoy the rest of the week watching Wimbledon, and let's see
what wonderful stories unfold in the next few days.
To your tennis serve success.