June 28, 2010 must be the most glorious day for tennis in Taiwan–the 26 years old Taiwanese tennis player, Yen-Hsun Lu, currently ranked No. 82, beat Andy Roddick, ranked No. 7, in Wimbledon.
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As an international student studying abroad far away from Taiwan, I am even more emotional about Lu’s success. Historically, Asian men’s performance was limited in sports like tennis that particularly need strength and huge body frame. However, after this game, Lu became the first Asian man to reach the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam in 15 years when he stunned three-time runner-up Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 9-7 Monday at The Championships. Not since Japan’s Shuzo Matsuoka at Wimbledon in 1995 had an Asian man reached the last eight at a major tournament until Lu produced an inspired performance, striking 83 winners, to oust World No. 7 Roddick on Court Two.
To be honest, I don’t even clearly understand tennis rules (shame on me…) , neither do I play tennis. However I understand how difficult it is to win a match because I play badminton. It will almost kill me if I have to run in the court for 4 hours! It was the strong perseverance that brought Lu to the victory.
So what in the world is it related to my MBA experience?
Well, totally unrelated….just kidding! Of course it’s highly related! Lu’s success reminds me all the experiences (difficulties…) that I was confronted with studying abroad. Because of language, visa, homesickness, or whatever problems, international students faced much more challenges when taking the courses or finding jobs. However, just as Lu’s said, “Although we, as Asian, do not have huge body frame, we have other advantages.”
Yes, we have a lot of advantages! We can speak more than one language, we are more global perspectives, and we are more flexible in different environments.
So never, never give up! One of my strength is my perseverance; I guess that may be one of the reasons that I secure my internship and FPS projects this summer, and I truly hope that all international students never lose their confidence when facing obstacles.
Let me quote a line from Lu:
I don’t know how far I’ll go now, but I will fight until the end.
Go Lu !!!!!