Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Petionville, Haiti
1.) Venus - STILL needs to keep her service motion in check and serve more consistently. Also continue to develop her volley and netplay. I would love to see her serve and volley one or two points per game. She also needs to work on that forehand - or at least keep it in check.
2.) Serena - Here is where Serena is lacking: Needs big work on her volley. As accurately as she serves, she could also serve and volley a couple points per game. Serena needs help developing alternative game plans when she is behind. Venus has improved significantly in this area in the last two years. Serena also needs more touch in her game. She doesn't have to hit out on every shot - especially when she has an open court. She needs to conserve energy in matches so she lasts longer.
3.) Monica needs to serve more consistently. Her serve is much better this year. She also needs much work on coming in to net. I got so frustrated during the AO match with Hingis when she waited for short balls to bounce instead of taking them early in the air. She expends so much energy setting up the point then lets the opponent back in. She needs to get more fit although she looks so much better.
4.) Alexandra Stevenson - More fit, more fit, more fit. Biggest problem. She also needs to develop a better backhand down the line ala Sampras. I would like her to incorporate more defense in her game - slices, lots of topspin, lobbing, etc and even some angles on the run so she can get back into points more often. So far this year, she is so improved. Like serena she needs help developing plans a,b,c for times when the match is not going her way.
5. Iva - More fit, more fit, more fit. Also her second serve is weak and very inconsistent. Otherwise her problems are mental. At times, she seems lazy and like she is going through the motions. She needs to get focused and hungry.
I cheer for Williams x 2, Pierce, Patty, Nastya and Kim
I miss Sandrine, Monica, Iva & Joanette
I miss Pinky and the Brain. I want Anna K back so she and Hingis can get in more cat fights like the old days.