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Postcards from Wimbledon | Fighting the fatigue

Wednesday was a long day, as was Tuesday. Serena and Venus Williams played a doubles match. Venus also played and won her second singles match, as well.

I traveled to the Wimbledon practice courts at 12:45 pm with Serena’s tennis partner Sascha Bajin – followed by Serena separately at 1 pm. Practice was from 1:30-2:30pm.

The Williams’ doubles match was the fourth match after 11:30 a.m., which meant that we might not not play until around 5:30 p.m.

The temperatures has changed such that it went from hot yesterday to cold by the time the match began, so the warm-up was just that.

In between and after the match, you find time to work on specific exercises with a mindset to not fatigue the competitor before the pending match, much less attempt to control the cumulative fatigue, which is a by product of a two-week competition.

I understand now why my father gave a silver star in combat to his supply sergeant, who gave his unit the food to have the energy to fight and the bullets to kill the enemy.

By the way, Serena and Venus came from behind to win 7/5, 6/1, 6/4. Tomorrow Serena plays her second round match at 1 p.m. London time.

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