All in all, is Venus getting better or worse?
Venus has had some bad Grand Slam results this year. This 2nd round ousting being by far the worse. Taking these results into consideration, is Venus regressing in her form, or was she steadily getting better. Was this just the case of Venus running into a hot player, or is Venus just a shadow of her former self?
For me I think Venus has yet to find her form. There are times when she plays brilliant points, and others when she looks totally amateur. The main problem as I see it, is mental. Its been a long time since Venus has swung freely at the ball. She seems overly aware of her groundstrokes. I think she is afraid that her shots are going to miss, so she puts too much focus into her groundstrokes and not enough into other aspects of her game. This is a confidence issue. Venus needs to start playing more aggresively, and stop playing percentage tennis. She rarely attacked Sprem's serves, and she too many times left huge areas of the court open for Sprem to hit into. SHe looked lost at times. What happened to the days when her winners count, eclipsed her unforced error count. Once Venus starts to play with the reckless abandon of her youth, she will slowly begin to pick up the pieces of her shattered form.