Musing on Venus' future
If abdominal strains continue to be a recurring problem, Venus may have to go in for a wholesale re-tooling of her game, a la Amelie Mauresmo. Mauresmo's recurring back injuries eventual forced her to give up the power baseline game that got her to the '99 OZ final. Venus may have to consider going that route, just to reduce the amount of torque on her abs. Her ranking would suffer a bit, and probably for a while, but her ranking is going to suffer, as she's defending a significant plurality of her points at Charleston, Warsaw, and Berlin.
I support Venus whatever she decides to do, but physically, she's just not holding up. A change is in order. I don't pretend to know what's best for her, but the current course has proven unsuccessful. By Venus' standards, at any rate. Obviously, I'd love to see her prove me wrong.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.