I don't think anyone is writing Venus off..its just the bashers are at full force, especially during, and right after a grand slam is complete.
I am a big Hingis Fan, as well as a Williams Fan (I think a rarity on this board). When Hingis was having trouble, it was against almost all the hard hitters. She would breeze through a GS draw, then hit a top 4 player in the semi's and be punished. It was sad to see. Every wroter her off. I hope she can become competitive with the big babes again when she returns.
With Venus, its not nearly as bad. She only lost 3 times to THE HOTTEST PLAYER ON THE TOUR!! And with each loss, she they were closer matches. NASDAQ was completely a onesided match. The french Open was competitive in the1st set, and fizzled in the 2nd. WImbledon was highly competitive, and the only thing that made Venus lose was her serve began to stop working for her.
Given that she has room to improve, and she can definitely rally with Serena and hit as hard, there is no reason to write her off.
This is a woman who, when her sister one-upped her by taking the first Grandslam in the family, she went on a tear of 35 straight matches the next year. Now Serena has the upperhand again. But for how long this time?