After Venus Wiliams made quite the impression yesterday in her "fly-away" jumper, her sister Serena Williams hit the court at Wimbledon this morning wearing a more traditional outfit than her sis (a cardigan over a classic dress with blue trim) and a manicure in the colors of Wimbledon: purple and green. No big shock there. But the tennis star did raise a few eyebrows when after beating Aravane Rezai, she burst into tears on Centre Court.
What? Why?! This is the same athlete who cinched the title at Wimbledon last year and is a former World No. 1 player. She's known for being one of the most amazing players of all time in women's tennis. She's suffered through many injuries and always come out on top. So why in the world does it seem like she's gone soft on us all of a sudden?!
Well, you don't have to look back that far for the answer. Serena's had a really tough year, and it makes sense why she would be especially emotional about a win today. Only three months ago, she was in the hospital, recovering from an emergency procedure for a hematoma caused by a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in her lungs. And that was after cutting her foot on some broken glass at a restaurant in Germany last year and having at least two operations on said foot!
Anyone who had been through that kind of health drama, and so recently, would be just as emotional after making her comeback.
Serena explained her tears:
I usually don't cry ... but it's just been so hard. I never dreamt I would be here right now. And then to win. I just wanted to win at least one match here. It's been a disaster year, but I've been praying. To be able to come back at Wimbledon is pretty awesome. I didn't expect to play. And I didn't expect to even do anything. So I'm just excited. I've never cried with joy for anything.
Come to think of it ... how often do we see top athletes like Williams cry for anything?! It's actually very refreshing. She may be a four-time Wimbledon champ, but she's human, too! And after the year she's had, she deserves this applause-worthy comeback and to cry all she wants. Tears or not, she's a winner.
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