Venus Williams was defeated immediately in the Monterrey tournament in her debut match against Schmiedlova, confirming that she is experiencing one of the darkest periods of her entire career. The former World number 1 has not yet won a match in 2020 and her crisis seems to have no solution.
Williams was scheduled to start her 2020 season at the Brisbane International but withdrew before the tournament began. She also had to withdraw from the Adelaide International. At the Australian Open, Williams was beaten by Coco Gauff in the first round.
At the Mexican Open, where she was the fifth seed, Williams was beaten by qualifier Kaja Juvan. During a long interview with Forbes magazine, Venus shared her two cents which can benefit the next generation of tennis stars.
“Have confidence! At the end of the day, you need to be your biggest cheerleader and believe in yourself. It is definitely a challenge and doesn’t happen overnight, but confidence can be learned–fake it ‘til you make it!
From a young age my parents worked to instill confidence in me and show the importance of having a strong sense of self-worth" - Williams said. On her future, Venus added: “There are going to be a lot of moments where you don’t feel confident and others will challenge your self-worth, but you can train your mind to overcome that negativity and doubt.
It’s something I have always practised in my daily life, and it has made me a stronger person overall. Eventually, you will fully believe you are capable of whatever you set your mind to. No matter what your passion is, there is nothing as incredible as living your dreams, so be sure to enjoy it. That’s why I always say dream big!”