Legendary tennis player Serena Williams shared a motivational and heartfelt message to her fans for her recent Throwback Thursday post on Instagram.
Williams?shared a picture?from 20 years ago and opened up about a devastating loss in her first professional match in?the caption:
?20 years ago I played my first professional Tennis match. I was 14. I was scared. I was not prepared for the stage. But determined I went on. Butterflies consumed my stomach leaving no space for me to eat to prepare for my match. Less than an hour later I left the court devastated in defeat. A 6-1, 6-1 loss to than Annie Miller. Basically she crushed me. Not only did I look like a novice but I looked like I did not belong anywhere on the court. However born with an innate insatiable desire to never quit I knew I would return. I would come back. I could not predict that I would win 21 Grand Slam titles and be number one in the world even 20 years later, but I did predict I would never give up. And I did not. (Oh and by the way I am still going). Now I tell you this: never give up on your dreams. It may not happen when you want it to but one day your knight in shining armor (your dream) will come true if you keep going. I leave you with this. Be positive. Be kind. And above all be humble. Xxx S?
Williams lost her bid for the first Grand Slam in tennis in 27 years to?Roberta Vinci on September 11. The 34-year old athlete was previously linked to Drake and fans are calling the rapper her bad luck charm. She is reportedly dating Reddit co-founder?Alexis Ohanian according to Us Weekly.