I Learned Every Important Life Lesson From Watching Serena

As Serena Williams played her first round of the U.S. Open yesterday, I learned important life lessons. By the end of the match, she walked away advancing with the hopes to win the Grand Slam, and I walked away inspired, hopeful and ready to take on the world.

Deena Campbell Sep, 01, 2015

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Serena walked onto the court with confidence, knowing she will win the match, but it wasn’t until she served the ball 110 mph over the net—without any hiccups—did I understand why she’s a true powerhouse. She smiled, greeted her fans, and instantly got to work. Serena showed us the importance of being assertive, while displaying compassion for those who looked up to her. 

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Williams admitted to feeling nervous before the match against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, but she forged ahead, got into the moment and eventually won 6-0, 2-0. 

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Serena’s body has been the focus on a lot of her coverage these days, but she stays focused on the game and unbothered by the body shamers. Recently, she told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, “I don't have time to be brought down, I've got too many things to do. I have Grand Slams to win, I have people to inspire, and that's what I'm here for."

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Instead of boasting about her win against an injured Diatchenko, Williams kindly gave her a hug and expressed how proud she was. "I told her I was proud of her for coming out here, even though she was already injured," Serena said in her on-court interview. "That's was a great effort. Hopefully we'll be able to play again soon."

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