Serena d Venus 7-6 6-3 - Venus needs to find an offense
Good match, not great. Tense, some drama. At 4-3 inthe 2nd, Serena stepped it up another level and Venus couldn't respond.
Game, set, match to younger sib.
When I look at this match, and the ones previous, what really jumps out is, Venus Williams is prmarily a defensive player. It's just that most players can't both run fast enough to catch up to HER groundstrokes, and they can't hit with enough pace to force Venus to play all defense.
Serena stayed on offense no matter what Venus did. Venus had to play a lot of one handers and a lot of slices. She couldn't get Serena to back off. She couldn't hit winners past her. Her pace didn't intimidate her opponent.
Venus is looking at an out and out challenge here. Serena is not only just as talented, she's less emotionally conflicted. And this wasn't the French Open ceremony with Venus taking pictures. You could see the tears sneaking down her cheeks at one point.
Venus is going to have to let go of being Serena's caretaker. Supergirl has spread her wings and flown. Big Sister is the one who has to do something to keep up now.
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Last edited by Volcana; Jul 6th, 2002 at 03:57 PM.