Re: What some of you are forgetting about Venus.
Seriously, there is no need to make excuses for Venus. You people hold impossibley lofty standards for her that she'll never live up to.
There is a reason that Venus has not finished in the top 5 since 2002. Whether it comes down to injuries, poor play, or whatever, the point is that she can't string together consistent results on a weekly basis. She hasn't shown the ability to do so for years now (and no, 2-3 months does not count). It's ludacris to expect consistent good results every week. She is the world number 8, and currently only one player in the top 8 has consistent, solid results in every tournament she contests.
If you don't have any expectations for her, she won't let you down. Just play it by ear, she could well end up winning a slam this year. But to expect Venus to go deep into tournaments more than a handful of times in a season is not realistic.
Casey Dellacqua, Jelena Jankovic, Anna-Lena Groenefeld,
Jelena Dokic, Mirjana Lucic, Sara Tomic, Sloane Stephens
Jarmila Gajdosova, Melanie Oudin, Kaia Kanepi, Alison Riske