Power Point: Venus and Serena dig for discipline

Aug 28, 2009

"It's a stage. I'm a performer and I love to perform and being in front of the crowds and hearing them cheer for me."

-- Tennis star Serena Williams in today's Wall Street Journal story about her and sister Venus' renewed commitment to the game. Last year, hours after losing to a pair of little-known Chinese players in the doubles quarterfinals at the Banglaore Open in March, the sisters decided they'd had enough. They knew they weren't playing to their potential. What was holding them back? A lack of drive and discipline. Serena admits to loving the attention of competition--but not the practice it requires.

Venus too has had her share of distractions, including a side career as a fashion designer. Now the two women have rededicated themselves to the sport, adopting strict conditioning routines and more strategic play. With the U.S. Open beginning Monday in New York, the sisters--and spectators too--are hoping that the new discipline translates on the court. --Jessica Shambora

<!-- StartFragment -->

<!-- EndFragment -->

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. FORTUNE may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.

Quotes delayed at least 15 minutes. Market data provided by Interactive Data. ETF and Mutual Fund data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Dow Jones Terms & Conditions: http://www.djindexes.com/mdsidx/html/tandc/indexestandcs.html. S&P Index data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions. Powered and implemented by Interactive Data Managed Solutions