Venus williams Lauds Indian Tennis culture
Bengaluru: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams feels that the success of Vijay Amritraj, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza at the international stage proves that India have a “good tradition” in the sport.
“India has a very good tradition in tennis. You have (Vijay) Amritraj, Leander Paes, (Sania) Mirza. I don’t see why that tradition can’t continue,” the American told PTI.
Besides seven singles title, Venus also boasts of 13 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles along with her sister Serena.Venus and Serena, famously known as ‘the William sisters’, together won 13 Grand Slam titles. The siblings have also won three Olympic gold medals in doubles and have expressed their desire to play in the 2016 Rio Games.
“I think we both play well together and we also have good relationship. In doubles, you have to get along with your partner and respect him or her. If it not there, then quite often the relationship deteriorates,” she said. She is satisfied with her performance in this year and also committed that she is also focussing and working on mistakes which she had done in 2014 while playing on the field.
“Year 2014 is a great year for me. I had a lot of success. You keep on learning, you never stop. I expect 2015 to be another year for learning. I want to get better. Every time you lose you learn from it and after every win you look to building on the tempo,” she said.
Venus refused the idea of becoming a coach in future after calling it a day from the game.
“No I wouldn’t be coaching; I don’t mind helping someone. I have been playing tennis for a very long time. Tennis is my life. I see my life in other places and there are other challenges for me,” she said.
Asked about the trend of women being hired as coaches, Venus said, “Obviously women know the game. It depends though, in some cases men are good and in other cases women are good.”