Serena Williams takes fifth Australian Open title, we know what gave her the competitive edge

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 30, 2010 9:56 am

That’s right. We know how she was able to reach what she called a “defining moment in her career” by beating former number one player Justine Henin to win the Australian Open.

It was a nerve-wracking match for Williams. She was battered, covered in bandages (hamstring, ankle, wrist injuries) and filled with intensity. Midway through the third set, she was able to focus that intensity and gain control of the match, winning four consecutive games to take the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Her touring coach Sasha Bajin said “I watched Serena at practice today and there was something about her and how she stepped on court and I could see in her eyes how competitive she was. I fed her a her short ball and she didn’t stop and attacked and came in straight to net and did her thing. You could tell she really wanted it, even though there was big pressure. Justine has beaten her the last three times in a Grand Slam so it was really big.”

OK, wanna know how Serena did it this time? Just ask Lindsey Vonn. Yep. Clearly, because Serena took a ski trip recently and was able to get a serious pep talk from Lindsey Vonn, she had the winning edge over Justine.


We don’t know what it was Lindsey said to Serena, but considering Lindsey may become the winningest female ski racer ever, no doubt a pep talk from her would guarantee anyone a major win.

Congrats, Serena, and good job choosing a mentor!