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Moment of Reflection and Appreciation

March 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

Venus Williams won a second tennis match in her return to the tour. Yes because of her opponent, Kvitova, an up and coming star on the ladies tour, as well, as a Grand Slam Champion, many really didn't give Venus any chance of winning the match. Venus once again proved the skeptics wrong. But this writing isn't about the merits of Venus win.

In some respects, because I'm a "mature older person", seeing Venus on that court moved me to a moment of reflection. I feel like a grandfather who have been amazed by the accomplishments of a grandchild. Feeling that way, lead me to look at the career of Venus Williams, as well, as the maturation of this beauty young Lady.

1. By the age of 10, was 63-0 as a junior.

2. Oct. 1994 turn Pro won her very first match.

3. 1997 first unseeded finalist at the U.S. Open

4. 2000 won both the U.S. Open; Wimbledon

5. 2000 won the Olympic gold medal in singles

6. Repeated as Wimbledon; U.S. Open champion

7. 2007 won Wimbledon again

8. 2008 won gold medal in doubles @ Olympics

9. 2008 repeated as Wimbledon champion

Certainly her tennis resume speaks for itself. But even though Venus has shared with us her greatness as a tennis player, she has shared something even greater, that get lost in the shuffle. What is that? The Maturation of a child, to a gracious, classy Lady & Woman!!! From the age of 10, when I first became aware of this remarkable Lady, I've had the great privilege from afar, to see the growth of Venus Williams. Stop and think about it, Venus has had to withstand so much, along this journey. From a community that really didn't want to accept her because they didn't have control of her. Can you begin to imagine the negative comments she heard as a child, pursuing the fulfillment of her potential? Yet she endured, in fact, that family endured.

All through Venus' growth as a tennis player, and more importantly, as a woman we've had the opportunity to witness her maturity, the depths of her love for family, her willingness to challenge herself to pursue excellence not only in tennis, more importantly in life. How great it has been to see her grow up in front us, without falling prey to the many vices that has been a part of many others lives. The unfortunate thing, is we live in an age when we as fans, get sidetracked by issues that doesn't have a thing to do with why we are fanatical about this wonderful sport. It's about the tennis. Thank God Venus, along with so many others have served to remind me of that time, time again. Thank you Venus, and though biologically you aren't my granddaughter, I'm appreciative being your proud grandfather from afar.

Written by L.K. Brown

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