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Putting Venus' Rome performance in perspective....

well considering Venus had to play 5 consecutive matches straight from Tuesday through to Saturday, with 3 going to 3 sets - I think she did really well when you consider this is only her 3rd tournament of the year I think we can proud of Vee's showing and look forward to an exciting Roland Garros for her She has that invaluable match practise under her belt now too and I'm sure she'll be only too eager to hit the practise courts from now until RG to tune up her game. I only saw the last 2 sets of the Venus/Martina match yesterday but from what I saw, it seemed to be a combination of Venus being mentally exhausted (hence her usually trusty backhand completely breaking down) and Martina really playing some clever tennis (balancing the right amount of defensive tennis with some smart attacking angles - btw, fair play to Martina here, she managed to stay cool under pressure ) um...damn I've lost my flow of thought oh yeah, anyway, I think Vee has shown us in Rome that she'll be ready for RG, at least there she should have a day off between her matches to help to mentally regroup

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Hingis should have won both matches- she has played much more this year and is in good form.

Heading into Warsaw, Venus had played what? 2 matches in 9 months? Venus has played VERY little tennis these days, and I did not expect her to win against Hingis in Warsaw, let alone Patty this week, on her worst surface no less.

I expect great things to come.
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Well I"m happy that Venus is playing better than expected. Even last year, a result like this would have been shocking. To get to a semi in a tier 1 on clay in only your 2 nd tournament back is a great result. I hope and pray that Venus learns from this loss and works on things like her serve placement and mph, her backhand, and her movement. The one thing about Venus that is different from last year at this time was confidence and apparent hunger. She believes in herself 100% again and is playing that aggresive style that has won her so many titles and majors. Last year she was so indecisive on the court and her attitude and mind set is MUCH better than last year. In fact, after that Wimbledon win she has looked more and more self-assured on the court sans Oz this year. It is good to see. Again I hope Richard notices some things to work on and gets to the courts and works them out. Good luck at RG Venus!!
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WD vee whooooooooooooo

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yeah I know all this, yet I still can't help but be pissed that she let yesterdays match slip.

However, I'm happy she is playing tennis and I managed to tape some of her matches again I wish her all the luck for the French. I think she will surprise many with how she performs there.

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Year you're right,we all should be optimistic about Venus..I'm persuaded she will do great things like a GS victory but I'm afraid she lack stamina,confidence,pratice and also luck at RG...But it definitely smells good for Wimbledon and the USOpen which are Vee's gardens(don't forget her palmares at N-Y which is also UNBELIEVABLE,not necessary to mention it )
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I am happpy venus is playing well again. I am also so glad for martina, what a difference she has made to 2006, she has brought in alot of excitement to the game at a time when the tour was ailing, she deserves a good win and hopefully she wins the title. It will only be fitting.

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It's not good to peak too early before a Slam. Given that Venus has played so few tournaments she has done really well. And she lost yesterday because of unforced errors, something that she can easily improve on for RG. Her power was still amazing, and if she can reign in a few shots she could be unstoppable.
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I'm just pissed.

Perhaps, I'll have perspective tomorrow. Her losing to Martina no matter how well Martina is playing feels like going backward rather than forward. My goodness, she should know how to beat Martina by now. She has so many more weapons than Martina!

Clearly the first set shows us that she knows what to do, but she still needs to figure out how to sustain it. I think of the loss to Kim (where she was leading a set and a break at the Open), Mauresmo (where she was leading a set and a break in the Antwerp final), Davenport (where she was leading a set at Amelia Island), Australian open 1st round and now this. She has got to shut these matches down when she has players on the ropes, because they have learned how to fight and believe they can win. Her work is much harder than usual.

Alas, I will continue to struggle to have perspective now that I've gotten that off my chest.
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I'm just pissed.

Perhaps, I'll have perspective tomorrow. Her losing to Martina no matter how well Martina is playing feels like going backward rather than forward. My goodness, she should know how to beat Martina by now. She has so many more weapons than Martina!

Clearly the first set shows us that she knows what to do, but she still needs to figure out how to sustain it. I think of the loss to Kim (where she was leading a set and a break at the Open), Mauresmo (where she was leading a set and a break in the Antwerp final), Davenport (where she was leading a set at Amelia Island), Australian open 1st round and now this. She has got to shut these matches down when she has players on the ropes, because they have learned how to fight and believe they can win. Her work is much harder than usual.

Alas, I will continue to struggle to have perspective now that I've gotten that off my chest.
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I think overall her play was a positive,She looked pretty good for the most part,just needs to cut down on unforced errors and control that forehand,and She will have a good chance[hopefully] at the French Open.
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I'm just pissed.

Perhaps, I'll have perspective tomorrow. Her losing to Martina no matter how well Martina is playing feels like going backward rather than forward. My goodness, she should know how to beat Martina by now. She has so many more weapons than Martina!

Clearly the first set shows us that she knows what to do, but she still needs to figure out how to sustain it. I think of the loss to Kim (where she was leading a set and a break at the Open), Mauresmo (where she was leading a set and a break in the Antwerp final), Davenport (where she was leading a set at Amelia Island), Australian open 1st round and now this. She has got to shut these matches down when she has players on the ropes, because they have learned how to fight and believe they can win. Her work is much harder than usual.

Alas, I will continue to struggle to have perspective now that I've gotten that off my chest.

Clearly I think the first set shows that Martina was TOTALLY off of her game, so don't get too excited about that bagel. It was obvious that as soon as Martina stepped up her play, Venus was put on the defense and we both know what happened after that.......... so you're dreaming if you think only Venus had an impact on that match.
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I think overall her play was a positive,She looked pretty good for the most part,just needs to cut down on unforced errors and control that forehand,and She will have a good chance[hopefully] at the French Open.
again folks, her forehand right now is better than the backhand. look at the numbers!! yes Venus needs to continue working on the forehand in Paris, but the backhand needs the most attention with the serve next in order. forehand look fine to me.
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again folks, her forehand right now is better than the backhand. look at the numbers!! yes Venus needs to continue working on the forehand in Paris, but the backhand needs the most attention with the serve next in order. forehand look fine to me.
Actually despite the poor quality from both player's Venus' forehand was far more consistent and solid than her favorite shot the backhand. Yes she hit some amazing winners from the backhand wing but it made far too many errors.
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