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Article: Venus' Injury Issues Create Cause For Concern

Venus' Injury Issues Create Cause For Concern

Photo By Susan Mullane By Alberto Amalfi
12/14/2006

The ever-present adhesive tape that protects Venus Williams' troublesome wrists serves as a reminder of how vulnerable the former World No. 1 can be to injury. Williams once dispensed punishment on court with the routine nature of a nurse handing out vitamin C pills, but spent much of this season seemingly playing in pain.


The two-time U.S. Open champion, who withdrew from the 2006 Flushing Meadows major citing "continuation of pain in her left wrist", was limited to just 19 matches this year due to injury and her ongoing injury issues have caused concern among some, including U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison.
The 26-year-old Williams should be entering the prime of her career, but has struggled simply to stay healthy and sustain a regular schedule. The 2005 Wimbledon winner lost to Jelena Jankovic in the third round of the grass-court Grand Slam in July then played just two matches the rest of the season. The five-time Grand Slam champion has played 50 or more matches in a season just once in the past four years.
The 46th-ranked Williams has been plagued by the lingering wrist injury, tendonitis in her knee and an abdominal injury in recent years. Williams' physical style of play and her tendency to sometimes launch herself into off-balance shots has raised health concerns in Garrison.
"I've actually been concerned about her health for some time now," Garrison said in a conference call with the media on Wednesday. "Venus is long, lanky. She looks very strong, athletic. Sometimes it can kind of wear on your body the way her body moves kind of all over the place sometimes."
Suggesting that sporadic competition can exacerbate lingering injuries or contribute to new ones, Garrison, who has known the Williams Sisters for several years, served as a coach on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team when Venus swept gold medals in both singles and doubles to join Helen Wills Moody (1924) as only the second women to strike gold in both singles and doubles in the Olympics. Williams missed the first four months of that 2000 season with tendonitis in both wrists, but bounced back to capture successive major titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that year.
Garrison believes one way Williams can acclimate her body to the rigors of the WTA Tour is to play a more consistent schedule once she has fully regained her health, though traditionally neither Venus nor Serena have adhered to an extensive annual tournament schedule. "I think it's a situation where I'm a firm believer I think you have to play more to kind of keep your body going," Garrison said. "Sometimes when you have long breaks, you come back, you're playing as hard as you did when you left off, I think it brings on more possibilities to be injured." Williams is scheduled to start the 2007 season playing the Hopman Cup mixed team exhibition event with fellow Floridian Mardy Fish in Perth, Australia.
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Garrison cries out for publicity

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How are they ever going to play a good schedule if they can't be injury-free? What a viscious circle.
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The title is kind of misleading

Really, don't even look at me...
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The title is kind of misleading
Indeed.

It's simply Zina, as others have, expressing concern
for Venus' health and saying pretty much what other
former players such as Shriver, Fernandez, ect...have
echoed about both V&S.

It has nothing to do with how Venus' wrist actually is
and is quite frankly speculation more than anything based
upon the amount of wrist tape seen on Venus during the WS
tour. Plus the fact that she hasn't hit a two handed backhand
in public since the 1st set of her 2nd rd match in Luxembourg.
Yet, no one has seemed to ask or gotten word from Venus as
to why she was only slicing, during the WS Tour(still hurt?
simply resting?), but are nonetheless, speculating.

So, yes, the thread title is misleading because it isn't like
Zina or anyone else, or Venus even herself and given any
new info on her wrist, other than saying it "okay" in an article
a few weeks ago.
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I thought it was that Vee's wrist had gotten worse and she was gonna be a doubt for the start of 07 luckily its not

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How are they ever going to play a good schedule if they can't be injury-free? What a viscious circle.
thats what i am wondering too...
how can they play a full schedule when they cant even play half the schedule...

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Re: Article: Venus' Injury Issues Create Cause For Concern

It also says that Mardy Fish will be playing with Venus, not Dent, at the Hopman Cup.
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It also says that Mardy Fish will be playing with Venus, not Dent, at the Hopman Cup.
Yeah, Taylor had to pull out. He's injured again...
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I was worried too. So basically no one really knows how fit Venus is.... until probably the Hopman CUP. Interesting to see Mardy Fish play instead of Dent..


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Don't the Williams sisters wink every time they talk about being injured?

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I think the most important point Garrison alludes to, almost in passing, is that the Williamses played UNSUSTAINABLE tennis.

The problem is not how little or often they play. In 2005, Venus cited fatigue for missing the European clay court season, when she was losing relatively early in most tournaments and playing no more often than most of the top women. And when she hasn't been playing, the sudden bursts of activity cause injuries. What is she to do?

The reality is the Williamses both played to a level which their bodies could not sustain, and until they both accept they will never again be able to play in that style for more than a few tournaments a year, they will continue to be ranked outside of the top 20.
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Don't the Williams sisters wink every time they talk about being injured?


Or they are Good one meyerpl!

Thought I'd do the same as VeeReeFan did in a Justine thread about Justine's FedCup Injury
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It's just a joke, don't read too much into it. Next, it may be your favorite or my favorite I'm wisecracking about.

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It also says that Mardy Fish will be playing with Venus, not Dent, at the Hopman Cup.
Because he is.

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