I've read many threads, and comments in the the media about Venus's current level.
Many posters or even the media have suggested, some seriously, some just trying to created trouble, that Venus should retire, reason: she hasn't won a GS in 4 years.
and I've seen many Venus fans getting upset over it, I can understand that and obviously nobody has the right to tell a player when to stop.
the point is that, intentionally or not I don't believe it's demeriting Venus, by the contrary, I think it's a praise to her achievements.
Take a good player, let's say Silvia Farina-Elia, with all respect to Silvia, she hasn't won a GS and she was never expected to win one, so if Silvia losses in the 4th round of a major is a good achievement, if she wins a tier 3 everyone is happy.
Venus won a tier 1 and a tier 2 last year, but everyone including Venus is unhappy about it, why? it's more than most players achieve in their entire carreers.
the answer is simple, because eveyone expects more from Venus, because she has showed she can do it. Once you are a GS winner the expectation are greater, the standards are higher. Somebody said once that Venus raised the bar, and it's true, especially for herself, after winning Wimbledon and US Open back to back two years in a row, winning a tier 1 is a poor consolation, because people expect more. When people expect more it's because they sense someone is capable of more.
Rather than an insult I think it's a recognition to her achievements and her ability.
Well, enough mumbling, I am off to bed.