I can't help but notice this...Venus always use to be one of the best, if not the best, at closing out sets and matches. But this year, in almost all of her losses, Venus has choked in one way or another. Could it be that Venus is far more mentally fragile now than she's letting on? Take a look at this...
Aussie Open-lost to Lisa Raymond 6-4 7-6, had a set point in the second set.
Dubai-l. to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3-outclassed, no choke there
Miami-l. Elena Dementieva 6-3 5-7 7-6, match point in the third set.
RG-l. to Anastasia Myskina 6-3 6-4-once she became the favorite, fell apart with 45+ errors in two sets
Wimby-l. to Karolina Sprem 7-6 7-6-two set points in the first set lost and three in the second set lost
Stanford-l. to Lindsay Davenport 7-6 5-7 7-6-came within 2 points of winning.
LA-l. to Lindsay Davenport 7-5 2-0-yes she was injured, but she also blew a 5-0 lead.
Venus used to be so good at winning these close matches, but hasn't done too well with it this year. Even last week, despite the injury, she would NEVER blow a 5-0 lead.