Let me just say I love and adore Venus and I've been pulling for her all year during the ups and downs but there are no excuses anymore. I keep hearing fans say that she needs to play like her old self but in my opioion she is playing like her old but thats not good enough anymore to defeat these players on the tour
Very true, Venus's game is not different of what it was before, technically speaking, she maybe be a bit slower and probably not as strong, but it's not her game what is a problem.
3 problems basically;
1) Confidence, Venus in the past felt she could beat anyone, she would go for her shots in the important points because she believed she could do it, it's not the case anymore.
2) Intimidation, a huge factor, many player were defeated against Venus before the match even started, very few players are intimidated now.
3) Power, not that Venus lost it, but during Venus's best years, her power was nearly impossible to handle, since then, players have learnt to deal with it, because most players really hit the ball hard, there are players not named Williams that can hit the ball as hard or harder than Venus (e.g. Karolina Sprem), so it's not an issue anymore. It's said that power enough wouldn't win you matches and that's true, then it was power + placement, and that was what Venus did, now that's not longer enough, you need power, placement, angles, and point construction, you have to go for the winner at the right time and be prepared for the ball to come back.
who are far more better than the tour win Venus was winning titles.This is the problem the tour has improved and Venus hasn't.
well, that's the same that happened to Martina Hingis, she was winning so handly that didn't feel the need to continue developing her game, when she realized it, it was too late.
I know she's been injured but she still needs to get professional help from a coach.
probably more a tactical coach, and someone that makes her believe in herself. I don't think she can now do much technically speaking, she's been playing this style for quite a while, it's difficult to learn new shots or new techniques when your game is mature, in any case, it would be a long term fix.
Of course Venus is a far more superior player than Sharapova but the difference is Sharapovas is more techiniqnically sound because she is professionally trained.
hmmm, how can Venus be a far superior player than Maria if Maria is better technically?, yes, the mental side and that attitude would make a difference but these are precisely Venus's problems now. If you said the Venus of 2000 was a better player than Sharapova 2004 I would have to agree, but Venus today is not.
Maybe Venus is in denial or maybe its pride why she doesn't want to seek outside help but I hate to see talent like this wasted.
I was watching Roger Federra on Charlie Rose a month ago after he won the US open. Charlie asked what usually causes unforced errors and Federra responsed that it usually due to poor foot work. Venus has always played her games resulting in alot of unfoeced errors but because of her power and athleticism she could overpower the other player. Not anymore. The bottom line is Venus will sadly continue to struggle against the top players if she doesn't get help. The thing is she doesn't even have to make drastic changes in her game all she needs to do is get that forehand and serve together and come to the net more.
I guess you mean Federer.
Roger is right, but I think he is assuming a good shotmaking.
Footwork is hugely important in tennis, and you are absolutely right, Venus never had a great footwork (quite the opposite), but because she was so fast, she could get the ball in time and it didn't really matter, that's not longer the case, she needs to get to the ball in an optimal position.
Problem with the serve, the technique, if you look at Serena's service motion and Venus's you can see the huge difference, Serena's motion is smooth, technically perfect, she puts her weight on the serve but controls where it goes. Venus's puts her weight on it and generates power, but have no control. Again, this has always been Venus's problem and it's very difficult to fix it now, not to say that she can't do it (Justine did change her service motion, but the motivation I think is different).
About coming to the net, there is a misconception there, Venus is believed to be a good volleyer only because BJK said she could be, she does have good reach and she did win a lot of points at the net, but mostly because she would come after a short ball to put it away.
She had a good swinging volley, but the swinging volley is the poor man's volley, it's really not very versatile and can be applied to very few cases.
Point is, to see a good volleyer, look at Roger Federer, you need a good approach shot (which isn't necessarily a powerful shot), you need good anticipation, you need great footwork, because to cover the net you have to walk acroos it (that's most player's problem, they stay in one place and try to strech to reach the ball, if you could see Stephan Edberg or Novotna you would know what I mean), you also need soft hands and a very quick mind, you have to decide in a fraction of a second where the volley goes.
Problem is, developing a good net game takes years, and it's very frustrating because the only way to get the sense is to get passed over and over, and that's very demoralizing. At the current stage I would not recommend Venus to go that way. The forehand is one shot, the serve is one shot, net play is a style, an array of shots, footwork, speed, anticipation, etc., it's a whole new game.