i like that she is playing less tournaments and more tier two.
less stress on her body and mind, allowing her to keep on loving the game, and acquiring the titles, while still doing the other things she NEEDs to do to keep her mind active.
(you never hear people say so and so has x tier 1s and xxtier11s etc - it all about the slams and then the total no of titles won)
Venus knows that it is the slams that matter, and she doesn't necessarily need the #1 ranking (although having said that - the #1 ranking is a good selling point for her business- so maybe priorities will change for her).
Anyway, with the slams comes the ranking.
those of you who are worrying about the #1 seem, to me to be implying that Venus won't be getting enough slam titles - possilbly because of the serena factor? - well i have utmost confidence in Venus that when she is ready Serena will not be a factor, and anyway, if Venus can't win against her sister then she does not really deserve a better ranking.
so i re-iterate
play less tournaments (than last year)
win more titles and increase that SLAM tally.