Re: What Could Venus Have Done Differently?
I agree. Considering they hadn't played each other during four years, the effort was admirable, and at times, spectacular. She was %100 engaged in the 1st set, and even though she may have been tired, i think her adreniline kept the match close in the second.
If both sister put the effort to get into optimal physical state (i.e. Justine or Amelie)then they can definetly overcome their opponents excellent defensive plays. Perhaps not all the time (I'm thinking of Venus' loss to Amelie in Belgium a while back), but as long as they can hold their serve relatively easy (meaning, not being pushed to deuce or 30-30 games), then they can start to swing more freely on their returns. I think that goes for both sisters, even on clay!
In the end, it'll be a question of playing Justine in smaller tournaments regularly just to get a rythm on her. Her game has advanced, and the sisters gotta find the solutions!