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Venus: Welcome back to the top

Welcome back to the top


BY JAMES BECK
Of The Post and Courier Staff

Yes, make no mistake about it. Venus Williams is back, and ready to rule this game of women's tennis.
The early prognosis was that Venus wasn't ready. She played awfully in her opening three-set match against journeyman Samantha Reeves, some observers said. Yes, she did play dreadfully at times. But it was difficult not to recognize the greatness and depth of her game, one that few, if any, players in the history of the women's game could emulate.

It was that first match for Venus in this Family Circle Cup that set the stage for her to win the tournament in her first try. She showed things in the first match that only a great champion could. She played a horrible first set late Tuesday afternoon, but she was vintage Venus in the last two sets.

It wasn't that Venus beat a great player. It was just the way she beat Reeves; the greatness was so obvious in Venus' game. She showed the type of strokes, serves and court coverage that only she among WTA Tour players has. Yes, she was a better tennis player than her younger sister, Serena, even at Serena's peak. That was obvious early in this tournament.

In Sunday afternoon's final, Venus took her game back to her first set of the tournament. She was almost that bad in the first set of her 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Conchita Martinez. Martinez played well, but did nothing special in the first set. Venus just hadn't arrived yet.

Once again, the last two sets were vintage Venus. She completely overwhelmed a great clay-court player.

She waited for her shots. She crushed backhands. She was devastating at the net. Her big serve started to come in consistently at 110 and above.

Venus demonstrated that she is more than just a great player. She is a great clay-court champion, a great grass-court champion, a great hard-court champion. She is the ultimate tennis player.

By midway through the second set, she was ripping unbelievably accurate and powerful backhands down the line that Martinez could only stab at, off both Conchita's groundstrokes and serves. When Martinez did get one of them back, Venus was all over the net ready to smash a volley. She hit classic clay-court topspins so hard and so well when drop shots came her way that Martinez was left flat-footed in the middle of the baseline.

The last two sets were a tennis clinic. ESPN could market the tapes from the match for instructional purposes.

A GOLDEN MOMENT

This was a tournament that had so many things go wrong. Rain, wind and cold made the first three days miserable. And the top three seeds all withdrew. But the ending was a true golden moment for the Family Circle Cup.

Venus Williams' success should take this tournament to new heights, with new respect in Charleston, and not just in the tennis community.

A poster of Venus in Family Circle Magazine Stadium should become a Charleston landmark.

DOUBLES TREAT

One of the tournament's real treats was the play of the world's No. 1 doubles team, Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual. These two journeymen players were a delight to watch, with their teamwork, strategy, court brilliance and quickness, and broad smiles as they chatted after every point.

They had several thousand fans smiling with them late Thursday night. Those who stayed to watch got an extra bargain for the price of their tickets.

Suarez and Ruano Pascual offered the same bargain Sunday afternoon, and even more fans watched their 6-4, 6-1 conquest of Martina Navratilova and Lisa Raymond in the fina
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It wasn't that Venus beat a great player. It was just the way she beat Reeves; the greatness was so obvious in Venus' game. She showed the type of strokes, serves and court coverage that only she among WTA Tour players has. Yes, she was a better tennis player than her younger sister, Serena, even at Serena's peak. That was obvious early in this tournament.




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I thought Venus had a horrible match against Reeves? 'Showed the type of strokes, serves and court coverage that only she among WTA Tour players has' in a match where she hit over 70 errors? We know how great Venus is but I doubt she was anywhere near her best in that first match. It was obvious early in the tournament, that she was a better player than Serena at her peak? What is this guy on about? Venus may have been better than Serena at some point, but not during Charleston 2004.

'A poster of Venus in Family Circle Magazine Stadium should become a Charleston landmark'??

I am glad Venus is back winning events and being a challenger again. It was no fun seeing her struggle earlier this year, but even Venus would know she is not a Charleston landmark because she won a tennis tournament.



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I love Vee and think she deserves all her props for her win after some of the negative stuff that has been written/said about her but does anyone else think this guy went a tad overboard
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I know she's the goddess but that article is just too much. Now, if this was the French Open then year.. but this is South Carolina

"I told her, `You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand,"'. "`You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow

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Well over board. Venus in my mind is still no at her best
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good for venus... but she's not at best!

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I was hoping no one posted this here. This guy is a bit extreme.
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I know...I'm a huge Venus fan, but I'm like wtf is he talking about?
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I know...I'm a huge Venus fan, but I'm like wtf is he talking about?
He only has eyes for Venus.
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i agree with the Beck ... i'll always retain the right to ignore unpleasant facts and bothersome history. thats my birthright as a fan.

Venus is the best, nobody test.

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Who paid this guy and how much? I'm a Venus fan, but my fee for writing unfounded praise of this calibre would start at the mid four digits.

Someone is quietly turning back the clock...to them bulldozer dayz...

Always on the lookout for a great tennis match.
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Oh for the love of God. Venus beat Zvonareva and Martinez. Some Venus fans are way overrating this win. She's not back to the top, not even close.
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Welcome back to the top


BY JAMES BECK
Of The Post and Courier Staff

Yes, make no mistake about it. Venus Williams is back, and ready to rule this game of women's tennis.
The early prognosis was that Venus wasn't ready. She played awfully in her opening three-set match against journeyman Samantha Reeves, some observers said. Yes, she did play dreadfully at times. But it was difficult not to recognize the greatness and depth of her game, one that few, if any, players in the history of the women's game could emulate.

It was that first match for Venus in this Family Circle Cup that set the stage for her to win the tournament in her first try. She showed things in the first match that only a great champion could. She played a horrible first set late Tuesday afternoon, but she was vintage Venus in the last two sets.

It wasn't that Venus beat a great player. It was just the way she beat Reeves; the greatness was so obvious in Venus' game. She showed the type of strokes, serves and court coverage that only she among WTA Tour players has. Yes, she was a better tennis player than her younger sister, Serena, even at Serena's peak. That was obvious early in this tournament.

In Sunday afternoon's final, Venus took her game back to her first set of the tournament. She was almost that bad in the first set of her 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Conchita Martinez. Martinez played well, but did nothing special in the first set. Venus just hadn't arrived yet.

Once again, the last two sets were vintage Venus. She completely overwhelmed a great clay-court player.

She waited for her shots. She crushed backhands. She was devastating at the net. Her big serve started to come in consistently at 110 and above.

Venus demonstrated that she is more than just a great player. She is a great clay-court champion, a great grass-court champion, a great hard-court champion. She is the ultimate tennis player.

By midway through the second set, she was ripping unbelievably accurate and powerful backhands down the line that Martinez could only stab at, off both Conchita's groundstrokes and serves. When Martinez did get one of them back, Venus was all over the net ready to smash a volley. She hit classic clay-court topspins so hard and so well when drop shots came her way that Martinez was left flat-footed in the middle of the baseline.

The last two sets were a tennis clinic. ESPN could market the tapes from the match for instructional purposes.

A GOLDEN MOMENT

This was a tournament that had so many things go wrong. Rain, wind and cold made the first three days miserable. And the top three seeds all withdrew. But the ending was a true golden moment for the Family Circle Cup.

Venus Williams' success should take this tournament to new heights, with new respect in Charleston, and not just in the tennis community.

A poster of Venus in Family Circle Magazine Stadium should become a Charleston landmark.

DOUBLES TREAT

One of the tournament's real treats was the play of the world's No. 1 doubles team, Paola Suarez and Virginia Ruano Pascual. These two journeymen players were a delight to watch, with their teamwork, strategy, court brilliance and quickness, and broad smiles as they chatted after every point.

They had several thousand fans smiling with them late Thursday night. Those who stayed to watch got an extra bargain for the price of their tickets.

Suarez and Ruano Pascual offered the same bargain Sunday afternoon, and even more fans watched their 6-4, 6-1 conquest of Martina Navratilova and Lisa Raymond in the fina
I'm a big fan of Venus but at this article.Come on!!!This is too much
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