Venus Williams continues her impressive performance in Tokyo, defeating the 13th seed, Simona Halep.
“It came down to who was more determined, who would fight harder and believe more. I’m glad that person was me, ” says Williams.
Venus Williams defeats Simona Halep 4-6,7-5,6-3 to reach the quarters of the Pan Pacific Open. After being down a set and a break in the second set, Venus found a way to win.
“I don’t know how I was able to win that match, she says. “She played unbelievable. I’ve never seen her hit the ball that hard.”
Simona Halep is having an impressive year, winning four WTA titles in the last few months. She also displayed her talent playing Serena Williams in Cincinnati. A match she lost, but fought until the end. So, for Venus, this is a great victory that can motivate her to continue doing better in Tokyo.
Williams explains how she feels:
- Motivation: “The motivation for me now is knowing my luck’s got to change.”
- Fitness: “My body’s got to cooperate at some point. What am I going to do anyway? Watch on TV? That’s just lazy”
- Quitting: “And Serena won’t let me quit”
- Health: “I, perhaps don’t have the health of the other players but physically I’m always trying to get an edge.”
- Medicine: “I’ve tried traditional medicine and non-pharmaceutical things. It’s like tennis… you always have to try new things.”
At the end of the day, perhaps a more mature and inspired Williams is finding that her love and dedication to the game is helping her beat great players like Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep. And she ads, “There is no roadmap, I’m on my own here.”