Venus Williams: I had such an attitude, no wonder they hated me

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Venus Williams: I had such an attitude, no wonder they hated me

Venus Williams, 41, recalled her first-ever US Open and jokingly said no wonder they hater her since she had such an attitutude. Williams beat Larisa Neiland 5-7 6-0 6-1 in the US Open first round and went on finish runner-up in her US Open debut.

"It was the first round of my first ever US Open," Williams said in a video she uploaded to her YouTube channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "It was also the first time they opened the Arthur Ashe stadium. And I think mine was the second ever match at the stadium.

I remember being so nervous. "I was so nervous I couldn't even play the first set without choking. But I also had such an attitude, no wonder they hated me."

Williams made history at the time

At the time, Williams became the first unseeded player in the Open Era to reach the US Open final.

Williams fell just short of winning the US Open in her debut as she was beaten by former world No. 1 Martina Hingis. "In the third-round match, I remember something just clicking and I suddenly knew how to play tennis," Williams said.

"I was so serious. I love my attitude there, all business. "I still do this little jump after I win. I was so happy. People hated me because they said I did not acknowledge my opponents enough, but I don't think there is anything wrong with what I did.

I was just happy." Williams, who beat Sandrine Testud 7-5 7-5 in the quarterfinal, admitted there was point in the match in which she simply decided to go for her shots. "I remember the quarterfinal against Sandrine Testud," Williams added.

"It was her first Grand Slam quarterfinal as well. It looks like I have a game plan here, but I really did not. I know for a fact that I did not know what I was doing. "This match was when I really had to decide if I wanted to do this or not and if I was going to really bet on myself.

I remember thinking, 'Oh you've done well. it would be okay if you didn't win this one.' But then I thought, 'No, actually. It wouldn't be okay.' That's when I decided to just go for it."