by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
It appears that Richard Williams, father and coach of Serena and Venus Williams, took his daughters’ losses at Wimbledon quite hard. Never had his girls been eliminated on the same day at Wimbledon let alone so early in the competition. He stated, “There’s a time when they were sick and hurting. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was technique. They have to decide whether they’re really ready to play every ball or whether they’re going to be out there reaching for it.”
As stated earlier by Serena, she did not expect to win anything. She was just glad to win something after suffering so much illness in the past year. Things had been tough for the whole Williams family, so when Serena and Venus arrived at Wimbledon it was initially just looked at as a joyous occasion — not so much as hard competition. When the sisters came out the gate winning, however, their father no longer saw their presence at Wimbledon in terms of “just being grateful to be there.” He began to see the competition as actually winnable for his girls — hence his seemingly tough comments against his daughters who have endured so much as of late.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.