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Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Three reasons Venus will win

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Posted by Peter Bodo, TENNIS.com

It's time to lay to rest the idea that Venus and Serena Williams are either unable or unwilling to produce a no-holds-barred, drag-out-every-cliché barn burner of a match when they play each other.

For one thing, they're no longer laboring with the kinds of typical teenage insecurities or conflicts that might have put a damper on the meetings they had years ago -- and keep in mind that their head-to-head record goes back over a full decade and 15 matches. It includes five three-set battles. That's the same percentage of three-setters we've witnessed in the past 15 finals of the Australian Open. And the U.S. Open has had just two three-setters in the past 15 years.

Still, this notion that Venus and Serena are too much of a family enterprise to go at it with the requisite ferocity is one of those absurd convictions to which some people cling only because it's what they want to believe. To paraphrase the late New York Sen. Daniel P Moynihan: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.

To quote that other master of the sound bite, Serena Williams: "We're good at this now. We just leave everything out on the court. This is the final of Wimbledon. Who doesn't want it?"

That's good enough for me. However, I feel that we still might be in for a short (disappointing, if you insist on clinging to the old meme) final, because Venus Williams -- the defending champion and a four-time winner here -- has a game that is better-suited to grass than that of her kid sister. Here are the three reasons why I think Venus will win:

1. Venus' superior athleticism: Wimbledon champions are not easily typed by style, despite all those now outdated theories that you can serve your way to the title or that playing an attacking style on grass gives you a whopping advantage.

The big winners at Wimbledon -- Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, Venus -- had two things in common: they were superb movers, and were pliant and flexible enough to make all those minute adjustments that low, skidding balls, or balls that pull you way wide, or forward, demand.

In recent years Serena has added power to her game and she's improved her always-spectacular shot-making abilities. She's also a nonpareil competitor, which counts for a lot when there are outright winners to be hit in difficult situations.

But those assets will only carry you so far on grass, unless you just catch a day when everything you touch sends the chalk dust flying or lands for a winning placement. Serena doesn't move as well as she did a few years ago, and it will show.

2. Venue' superior defense: Jelena Jankovic is the only woman on the WTA Tour who can cover the court as well as Venus. Those long legs of Venus' eat up the turf, and her ability to absorb Serena's heaviest thunder and stay in points will prove frustrating to Serena. It may cause her to go for too much over the long haul.

3. Venus' superior stamina: Put it down to body type or put it down to fitness, the bottom line is that Venus is better equipped to survive a long grind. I think turning the match into a track meet will be part of her strategy.

What do you get when you combine superior athleticism with great defense and awesome stamina? You get a Federer, a Borg, a Nadal. You get a surpassing Wimbledon champion, which is what I expect Venus to become -- for the fifth time -- on Saturday.


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Prove me wrong, Vee.

Serena will still win. C'est la vie said the old folks.
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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

He is right about everything except stamina. Venus got tired in the second set against Dementieva. Although she hides it well, Serena will win if it goes 3 sets.

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

he's right but serena has the mental part of the game!

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Come on V!!!
I defff think that V will win on saturday.

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

I think Bodo is wrong. Serena will def. win.
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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

These things were the same for 2002 and 2003 in my opinion and lost. But I still believe that Venus can win tomorrow


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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Here are my three reasons:
1) This is grass.
2) This is the f***ing Venus Williams, on grass.
3) This is 2008, not 2002.

Bodo is wrong about the stamina part.

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Serena Williams d. Venus Williams 6-1 6-3.
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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Sorry Pete, thanks for the analysis, but I think it'll be Serena tomorrow. I just think it's been her title since the tournament started, especially in her QF showing.

She just brings herself to another level that Venus sometimes isn't as consistent at doing, especially against her sister. However, if Venus does go into that Wimbledon Semi 2005 state, it'll definitely be hers.

I'm quite torn, so let's just get the final done already.

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

he can say whatever it wants.

venus can be better in a lot of things, but she has lost in pratically every match she played serena recentely


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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

Serena will come out on top , IMO.

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

I'm curios, why he did not mention Steffi as one of the greatest Wimbledon champions?

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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

I love them both but like I said i've been watching my tapes, and there's no way Serena would last against the hitting that Venus was doing yesterday especially in the 1st set. But some will say Venus couldn't last against the play of Rena v.s. Aga..but Venus in 3 sets
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Re: Peter Bodo: Three reasons Venus will win

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he can say whatever it wants.

venus can be better in a lot of things, but she has lost in pratically every match she played serena recentely
what?
since 2003, Venus leads 2-1


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