What I love most about the month of January is the ability to start anew. January also ushers in the pro tour so that makes it one of my favorite months of the year, too. With the pros currently Down Under, and chasing the sun for the next 12 months, there’ll be plenty of tennis to watch, new tennis clothes to consider, and plenty of inspiration for my own game.
As I think about my own New Year’s resolutions this year, and the ways I plan to make 2014 a meaningful year, I’ll look to two of the top women on the tour to help me achieve my new year’s goals:
Serena Williams: There’s no doubt she’s the best in the game. But her real strength comes from the fact that she knows it. What was it the Greeks said at Delphi? “Know Thyself.” Yes, Serena’s confidence rules! It gets her out of jams time and again, and it helps bring home the trophies too.
- Serena Williams in Brisbane. She’s headed toward her first final of the season.
Maria Sharapova: Due to injuries last season, we haven’t seen much of Maria lately, but from her run to the semis in Brisbane it looks like she’s playing with renewed purpose. Despite the ever-present Serena-Maria rivalry, it appears Maria’s ready to take on the challenge. How will she do it? I imagine she’ll begin by swating negative thoughts from her mind, and getting down to the business of hard work and determination. She’ll need all of that and more as she looks to beat Serena through to a final. I, for one, am rooting for her.
Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International.