Does Venus and Serena really want it????
Let me start by saying that I love Venus and Serena. But it has become apparent in the past year that perhaps V & S's ultimate goal is not to become number 1 & 2 in the world, but just to play a few tourneys, post some good results (o.k. great) and continue to play part time. The fact is they make more money each year from product endorsements than through prize money. But of course the two go hand and hand, i.e. you don't get endorsements by being ranked #75 in the world, but by being at or near the top. What has got me wondering is why in the past year has Venus not just gone for it and gotten to #1. Before the French Open, I think she was within 700 points of Hingis and the number #1 and just let the opportunity roll right by her. Now, this fall the same thing, she had a great summer defending 4 of her 5 titles from last year and is still ranked #4 in the world.
Is it me or does anyone else out there believe that being number 1 & 2 in the world mean very little to V & S. I think Venus knows that if she gets to #1 then the pressure is on to stay #1, which means playing in more that 13 or 14 tourneys in a year, but perhaps playing tennis full time, like the other players in the top ten. Look at Serena she played in 9 tourneys half as many as most players in the top 100 and is still in the top 10 and can beat anyone on tour.