Even though Serena Williams had no problems in defeating Tamara Zidansek with 6/2 6/3 to make it into the third round of Australian Open, she started the second set in a rustier manner facing 3 break points around the middle of it, but she got back on the right track with a productive self-talk.
"I just started making way too many errors. I mean, more errors than I have been making in my good matches in the past. I just wasn't doing the right technique, catching the ball not in my strike zone. It was just all off so I had to adjust...So just having to say, OK, not every match is going to be perfect, how to work through that”.
Serena narrated post-match. So, the legendary American tennis player got out of the troubled waters by engaging in an internal dialogue that proved to be very efficient. Serena even tipped three characteristics that her self-talk needs to have in order to be a productive one.
"It's definitely pretty deep, has to be motivating but also realistic. Sometimes you just miss some shots, you don't know why. Just trying to find an answer. That's what I kept doing. Thankfully I was able to find an answer in the middle, right in the middle of the second set."
said Williams. In the next round, Serena Williams will have to face world number 29 Qiang Wang, who dispatched Fiona Ferro to set the clash with the 23 times Grand Slam champion.