There’s a lot you can learn from Serena Williams.
Her never-quit attitude is inspiring. And her ferocious competitive nature is god-like. She’s said it a hundred times, and it’s true: When she’s on her A-game, there’s no one that can beat her.
Let’s not forget her serve. It’s one of the best in the women’s game. This season alone her stats are amazing: She’s served 419 aces, won 74.8% of her first serve points, and won 85% of her service games.
But there’s also a little-known skill that she’s masterfully perfected. Serena can smash the shit out of a racket better than anyone, hands down.
Sure, Roddick had some skills in this department (maybe this is why the two are such good buds). And Youzhny has his quirky moments, albeit somewhat masochistic in nature. And Troicki is the king of the meltdown.
But Serena is a master at getting the frustration out and letting it go. Take her recent doubles loss in Shanghai, for example.
After double faulting on match point in a first-round match with her sister at the China Open, Serena destroyed her racket in three efficient strokes, then angrily flipped it aside. Bye-bye frustration.
She then calmly shook hands with her sister and warmly congratulated Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-Ching on their three-set win.
Take a look…
The Williams sisters lost a 4-1 lead in the second set and failed to convert on two match points in the tiebreak. It was just the second first-round loss in doubles play for Serena and Venus in 29 tournaments.
And Serena let all of the pressure go in one succint moment.
How can you take a lesson to your own game? Here’s a quick breakdown on how to smash like Serena…
Allow the frustration to build to a head. Let’s say that you really dislike your boss, for example. Allow this dark energy to build and use it to your advantage. It might help you to take control of the match. Or it just might feel good to see his/her face on the little yellow ball. And then you whack the heck out of it.
Once you’ve decided that, yeah, you’re gonna smash your $200 racket, then waste no time or movement. Don’t flip it in the air and let it land on it’s head. No, no. Simply grab it tightly by the grip, bring it back over your head, and bring it down with might. Imagine that your boss’s face is embedded in the concrete. Visualize that the force of the blow will take away all of your problems — and get you a raise.
Repeat Step 2. (More than once if necessary.)
Casually flip the racket off the court with equal parts disdain and fury. Don’t pick up the pieces. Don’t retrieve the racket and take it to the garbage. Toss it aside and leave it. That part of your life is dead to you now.
Now move on. Life is too short to waste it smoldering over a lost point (even if it’s a match point). And if you hate your job that much, just get a new one. Problem solved.