Originally Posted by CoryAnnAvants#1
I was never one of the people who harbored criticism at Venus. I've always said she was working hard, but for whatever reason the results weren't coming. You could tell, albeit in fragments, that she was trying to incorporate moving forward into her game, as well as attempting to be a bit more conservative with her forehand until she felt fully confident with it again. She also played a full schedule last year for the first time in her 10+ years on tour. It was only a matter of time before she got her groove back.
First, Venus and Serena are two different people. Even if they were twins, they would still be individuals and should be treated as such. Their connection as sisters recently is being used against both and in an ironic way, the comparison does harm to both. A backwards compliment to Venus is really not a compliment to her at all as at the same time it is an insult to Serena.
You may not have been one of the ones to criticise Venus pre-Wimbledon 2005, but your criticism of Serena falls in line with what Venus had to endure on these boards and elsewhere with fans and commentators. The parallel is now it's directed towards Serena. Venus' struggles had nothing to do with Serena and the same is said in Serena's case.
Again, these are two separate individuals, both successful in their own right and the comparison trivializes their success as well as their losses.
Venus also had injuries like Serena, but played through them more or less. As a result, her slump wasn't as bad as Serena's and her losses weren't nearly that terrible. Losing to Raymond or Golovin or Karantacheva (who was a few points away from the FO semis) is a whole different ballpark than losing to players outside of the top 100 that can't even make it to the final weekend in challenger events for the most part.
Venus is Venus and Serena is Serena. That is where the comparison to begin and end. Serena isn't anymore lazy now as Venus was when Venus was the one 'overshadowed' by kid sister.