During her tough 2nd set in the 4th round I saw Venus serving and volleying. With her serve, she pulled her opponent out wide of the deuce court. The return she got was dipping and threatening to jam her, but she closed in quickly and executed one of the more beautiful volleys I've seen this fortnight in women's tennis. The point was classic, old skool tennis. And it suited Venus' body to a T. She seemed to be gliding. It made be sigh at what could be.
Venus' potential will be fully realised only if she starts playing truly all-court tennis. Especially coming in after strong 1st serves and every damn weak reply she gets. It makes too much sense, really. And lets' face it: she's not winning slams with a baseline-hugging game. Out of the 7 matches that's required of her, there's always one opponent that can consistently bunt that power serve back, play frustrating defense, exploit that forehand, or get her to twist or strain something while running herself ragged. She needs to realise that her body was never meant for Serena's game.
Of course, it is not a good time for any radical changes. Let's see what the summer brings. But if she ends the year with no major titles, I strongly suggest she spend the fall and winter sculpting a serve and volley game. She's not in tennis to be the 5th best player.
Meanwhile, Venus, act like the 23 year-old woman you are and ask your father if he wishes to be your coach. If he says he can't accompany you to at least all four slams, then consider a replacement. BJK for example.
Someone is quietly turning back the clock...to them bulldozer dayz...
Always on the lookout for a great tennis match.