I am a bigger fan of Venus than ever.
I have to say, that I am becoming a greater fan of Venus Williams. When she was dominating, it was hard for me to root for her, because she just made it look so easy. Things seemed to come so easily to her on the tennis court. Today, I think she is perfectly positioned for what I hope will be a Cinderella comeback story.
Let me go back for a moment. When Steffi was totally dominating the tour, I was not a terribly big fan, because she just usually thrashed her opponents in half and hour; no drama, no excitement, no emotion. After her late nineties knee and back problems, a lot of people wrote Steffi off. When she came back and won RG and made the Wimbledon finals, I was completely thrilled. She went out on her own terms, as a winner.
When Jennifer imploded in the early nineties, I was very dissapointed about it. To see her come all the way back, win three GS titles and reach #1 was so amazing and gratifying. (Her current status is a completely different thread) It was so improbable, that it made for high drama and emotion.
In Venus' case, she has been (don't kill me for this, please) humbled by the last few years. She is a well rounded, well spoken, mature young woman. The question now is, will she turn her tennis around? Do not count her out. She has much less a distance to come back than Steffi or definitely Jennifer did. She is still one of the top players. But now that she has shown that she is not a tennis goddess, but all too human like the rest of us, it is easier for me to root for her.
Good luck at the US Open, Venus.