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VIA Strengths Made For U.S. Open Champions

September 10, 2013 by ·

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams at the U.S. OpenFrom my television set this past Sunday, I witnessed an on court battle between two opponents and two friends. There on the center court of the U.S. Open, I saw the hard fought battle of two champions in their sport. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka were champions because of their VIA strength of perseverance, their ability to push beyond swirling winds and muscle fatigue, and their VIA strength of bravery to look across the net at someone just as capable, knowing they have what it takes to overcome and excel.

Two hours and 45 minutes after the first ball was served, Serena Williams her 17th Grand Slam title and her 5th U.S. Open Championship. Victoria  may not have claimed the title but as she stood beside Serena, who is considered to be one of the greatest women’s players ever, I realized she was a victor too.

Victoria bared her heart on the tennis court that day. She fought with all that she had until the last point of the last set.

During the awards ceremony, this is what the opponents had to say about each other.

“It’s tough but Serena deserves to win. She showed what a true champion she is. I’m honored to stand with such a true champion here. I definitely gave it my all today, stepping out of this court I have no  regrets.”
-Victoria Azarenka

“Thank you for all who supported. Victoria, you played unbelievable, what a great match, what a great person and what an honour to play against you.”
– Serena Williams

In my mind, these sentiments alone are the true words of champions.

What VIA strengths did you see out there on the tennis court that day?

– Lisa Desatnik

 

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