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Venus´ commitment to the game?

Jankovic´s great commitment to the tour and her joy for tennis has been talked here lately..but what about Venus? I think her ´ignoring´ the SEC and the lack of motivation for SEC may prove she doesn´t love tennis as much as Jelena for example. And her quotes that she would not play any additional tournament in order to get to the champs..I mean it´s every player´s goal to get to the champs, even Serena´s! I remember Hantuchova´s goal at the beginning of one year was that she wanted to take part in SEC.
It´s a great opportunity to play with the best players. Where else have you guaranteed 3 matches with 3 of 8 best players in the world? You can also win a lot of money, not that Venus needed that desperately, but also many ranking points.

I just don´t get how can someone be not interested in the champs. Anyone who loves tennis should also love the challenge SEC mean

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So a player who is injury prone(Venus), saying she won't play more tournaments risking injuries is bad. So you want her to get injured?
And please JJ comes up with a new injury every day, and still wins


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I think at this point Venus' motivation is only Wimbledon and maybe the US Open. Let's get real. The only things that count in history are the slams and if that's what she wants to center the rest of her career on, that's fine.

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I think at this point Venus' motivation is only Wimbledon and maybe the US Open. Let's get real. The only things that count in history are the slams and if that's what she wants to center the rest of her career on, that's fine.
So Venus is playing to be recognised in future as a multiple Wimby champion and so.. that´s boring, doesn´t she enjoy playing the best players now? I mean she has to wait all year until Wimbledon, that´s where she really cares and where she´s confident, that´s the surface she is best on..

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So a player who is injury prone(Venus), saying she won't play more tournaments risking injuries is bad. So you want her to get injured?
And please JJ comes up with a new injury every day, and still wins
Of course I don´t.

But she didn´t say that as a reason, that she doesn´t want to risk injuries, did she? If she did, then I appologize and completely understand that.

But it sounded as even if she was completely healthy and fit, she wouldn´t add any tournament just to get to the champs..

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Re: Venus´ commitment to the game?

Who says she is ignoring the YEC? She just fought back from a set down in the Zurich semis still with a chance to qualify.
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Of course I don´t.

But she didn´t say that as a reason, that she doesn´t want to risk injuries, did she? If she did, then I appologize and completely understand that.

But it sounded as even if she was completely healthy and fit, she wouldn´t add any tournament just to get to the champs..
I think Venus knows that the rankings are b.s. She's not going to add a million tournaments so she can play in the YEC. What I gathered from her comment was that she laughs at the Radwanska's and Zvonareva's of the Tour who are nowhere near top ten level, but are there because they play, play, play.

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There is nothing wrong with Venus' commitment. She enters as many tournaments as she knows/thinks she will be fit enough to play in. She has paid her dues to the tour and earned an esteemed position amongst her peers. Let's see how JJ does when she's Venus' age or after she wins 7 grand slams. Of course she plays more, a good ranking gives her good draws which benefits her prospects going into any tournament. She is a hungry player and she should be, she's 23 and has just made her first grand slam final. She knows a career in tennis can be bitter sweet and she plays as much as possible because she wants to achieve as much as she can when she knows she is fit and healthy. Who knows what her future will bring. She has to put absolutely everything she has into her present.

Venus can afford to be a bit more philosophical and complacent about it all. She has earned that because she has achieved so much and she is still out there competing even when her form/level is not so great she goes out there and competes because she truly enjoys it. Right now she plays a smart schedule that will ensure she can stay around for as long as possible. YEC 2008 may not be her main goal but staying around until 2012 and competing in the Olympics at Wimbledon and for Venus to have her eye on a tournament so far away, that she has said she will stick around until at least then, I think that's pretty damn admirable. Tennis fans might not be able to see her week in week out but at least we know it's unlikely that she will drop off the scene anytime soon, as many of her peers have.

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But it sounded as even if she was completely healthy and fit, she wouldn´t add any tournament just to get to the champs..
As much as some people would like to refute this claim but Venus has legitimate health problems. She suffers from anemia and asthma issues. She avoids giving details or discussing it because she doesn't want the focus to be primarily on her health.

She tries her best to play a decent schedule as much as her body will allow. Her main focus at this point in her career is to add as many majors as possible and I'm fine with that even if it is only Wimbledon.

It is really amazing that so many posters think that being able to win Wimbledon is not such a big deal when most of your faves have not won it at all.

As a die hard Venus fan,I personally prefer she doesn't play the YEC if that will jeopardize her health in anyway for the AO.

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Venus Williams is usually free of any injuries.
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It is really amazing that so many posters think that being able to win Wimbledon is not such a big deal when most of your faves have not won it at all.
wtf? What's amazing about that? So someone hasn't won Wimbledon - big deal. One could pick any of the majors and use the backward "logic" you used,
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Please. Venus now plays her third tournament in a row. And for Jankovic it's not only about the love for the game but also she's greedy for the money.

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players dont get excited about every tournament. Venus has only played the YEC 2 times... even though shes qualified like 6-7 times. this isnt new..... Goodness Jankovics commitment.

IF jankovic managed to win 7 slams (BIG IF) we'd see if she was sooo committed to playing all these tiny tournaments week in week out. and i can you she wouldnt....
Venus still plays them just not as often and Venus has been on tour since 1994 and MANY have come and gone since then so clearly shes one of the most committed...

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Re: Venus´ commitment to the game?

Venus has been commited to playing in some of the most exciting and high quality tennis matches of the last decade. Stop comparing her to some1 like Jankovic who has only been at the top for a fraction of the time Venus has.

I can guarantee JJ wont have the schedule she has now at Venus' age.

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Venus has been commited to playing in some of the most exciting and high quality tennis matches of the last decade. Stop comparing her to some1 like Jankovic who has only been at the top for a fraction of the time Venus has.

I can guarantee JJ wont have the schedule she has now at Venus' age.
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