Former world No. 1 Venus Williams revealed there were times over the course of her career when she struggled with self-confidence.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, was one of the most dominant players on the Tour during her prime.
“When you see that they’re on their game and playing well, you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh,'” Williams told Women’s Health magazine. “I’ve had to also overcome self-doubt. And that could have been recovering from an injury or playing a challenging opponent.”
“[But Confidence is] focusing on myself and not allowing myself to be intimidated by another person. Changing my attitude, choosing to be inspired, or choosing to push myself [also helps].”
Williams on her recent injury
After suffering the latest injury, it took time for Williams to regain confience in one of her body parts.
Williams, 41, revealed she had to take “baby steps” to get back to full fitness.
“I just really lost complete confidece in that body part,” she said. “For me, it was like baby steps.”
Recently, iconic coach Rick Macci recalled his first impression of Venus and Serena Williams.
“I wasn’t impressed at first. But then when they started competing, it was brutal,” Macci said during his interview with YouTube channel Tweener Head, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “I’ve seen a lot, I never saw two little girls run so hard and almost fall over to get a ball. Quick, strong, fast. And they would go for the jugular.”
Also, Macci claimed he knew the Williams sisters would transcend the sport.
“I knew they could transcend the sport. I just knew what I could do and I saw their potential,” Macci said. “They not only checked every box, they checked a few more.”
Meanwhile. the Williams sisters are set to miss the Australian Open.
Venus Williams, ranked at No. 318 in the world, received a wildcard into the Australian Open but pulled out of the event earlier this month.