Originally Posted by nysaga
her serve was fine... it was great. It's the forehand. But either you have it or you don't and Venus doesn't. She's 25...no more time to improve....
There's some truth to what you're saying, nysaga. Yes, it's best to simply "have" the shot, and to shore up your weaknesses by 25. And yes, a complete retooling of any stroke is difficult to near impossible once the player hits his/her 20s. But
, if we aim instead for an enhancement of Venus' positioning, body mechanics, and attitude when she hits the forehand, then we've got ourselves a very acheivable goal, here.
It's been done before. Several times.
Folks use Henin's revamping of her serve in 2002-3 as an example, but that's a little unfair (for several reasons). It's probably best to look at how Steffi, in the mid-90s, slowly turned her slice backhand into a harder hit, skidding, more offensive shot. Or, even better, look to how Venus altered her own forehand in 2000. There's no real solid reason to think that Venus cannot improve her forehand.
The thing, though, is that improving a stroke takes substantial repetition and an almost compulsive practice schedule, neither of which Venus of the past seemed inclined to do for more than a few months out of the year. That won't cut it. And I pray she's changed in that regard for the better.