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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 2005, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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I wonder how her game would be without the power. Is she crafty enough to change her game into an amelie game?
Maria is bound to get injured because her style is similar to Venus. But then both have different bodies though Venus appeared to be much stronger.
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You're wrong. Sharapova's preparation is almost flawless. Her point of contact is usually consistently the same. Sharapova isn't as strong as Venus but because her preparation is so good like Lindsay it compensates for her lack of stength. Sharapova seems to know her body. What she can do on the court and what she can't. What schedule works for her and what doesn't. Venus still doesn't it seems. Mauresmo has power to her game. When she beat Venus in Philadelphia. She used a variety of shots including a lot with power to them. Venus can play consistent. Obviously her wins on clay show that. She just has to believe in herself that she can have a Plan B when things aren't working for her.
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Mauresmo has power to her game. When she beat Venus in Philadelphia. She used a variety of shots including a lot with power to them.
I can only suggest you go view a few tapes of Mauresmo is 1999. There's no comparison.
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Venus can play consistent. Obviously her wins on clay show that. She just has to believe in herself that she can have a Plan B when things aren't working for her.
All the Plan B in the world won't work if you're constantly injured.

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Not possible for Venus. Attack has always been her style and she won't change that.

If the injuries are really THAT bad (which I doubt) then she might as well retire.
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I also wrote Venus doesn't appear to know what schedule works for her.
If she did she wouldn't be injured all the time. It would still be good to have a plan B when plan A isn't working. You really think that Mauresmo was hitting that hard when the power hitters were Hingis and Lindsay. funny. I hit harder than they do. Now Serena hits like a man. Lindsay just hits amazingly flat, everything seems to skid.
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Sharapova is also 17 years old. She doesn't have to worry about serious injuries for a little while.

I don't think it's wise for Venus to change her style of play either, and I don't think she needs to.

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LINDSAYDAVENPORT MARTINAHINGIS SERENAWILLIAMS MONICASELES CHANDARUBIN DANIELAHANTUCHOVA JENNIFERCAPRIATI MARYPIERCE JELENADOKIC KIMCLIJSTERS ANNAKOURNIKOVA JILLCRAYBAS
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I also wrote Venus doesn't appear to know what schedule works for her.
If she did she wouldn't be injured all the time. It would still be good to have a plan B when plan A isn't working. You really think that Mauresmo was hitting that hard when the power hitters were Hingis and Lindsay. funny. I hit harder than they do. Now Serena hits like a man. Lindsay just hits amazingly flat, everything seems to skid.
Is that so?

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mauresmo did change her game but at the same time she still had amazing volleys and had a lot the elements to her game that she uses now. the main difference is the way she hits her serve and how much she goes for her shots. one thing i can say that if mauresmo was allowed to progress that 99 game without injury then she would definitely have slams. she just used to win so many free points off her serve. i still get pain from when she beat patty in the 99 Aus Open because Patty was playing so well and it was close but Amelie just kept getting the big serve when needed.

i don't really view venus as anything like amelie although when she focuses on putting the ball in the court she is a much stronger player these days. that why i kind of think clay actually is a better surface for her now because she is just so error prone on other surfaces whereas on clay she gets the time to set up for her strokes.
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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.
I have to agree.
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I hope Venus makes a speedy recovery and comes back even better than before. Miami is a good place to start, she's done well there in the past.
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Since it seems that Venus is constantly injured nowadays she should probably retire.
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I'd give Venus 2 more years (at best) and she'll be done with tennis. Here is why... She is not going to get into changes, re-tooling, etc. First, she isn't as committed/passionate to/about tennis as she once was (when she was a teenager); second, she has lots of other interests (desinging is one that comes to mind); lastly, tennis is not, from what I'm hearing, her only source of income. So who needs all that hard physical work? For what?

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I'm at a loss as to the apparent demise of Venus. I can't take it any more, Crap one week, a hint of the good ole days the next week, a crapper the next week.
It's all too much for me to bear...Thank goodness like any good monarchy there is an heir AND a spare, and we got lil sis Serena, who at least will fight you like you stole her lunch!
Ahhhhhh V e n u s........................
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I said at the end of last year that if Venus' game didn't pick up, she'd end it at the end of the year. She doesn't need tennis anymore. She has many other things to occupy her time. With her game, her glaring weakness is her forehand, and she jsut refuses to correct it. And all these injuries are apparently causing her pain. Thus, why do you continue? She's probably only happy if she's got a real shot at every tournament she plays, and she's just not there anymore.

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