Re: can someone please explain
It's not that difficult for me to understand, really.
Venus: Hits harder than anyone on tour but Serena, also very good at attacking the net, but is pretty inconsistent. If you can return a few of her balls, she will eventually miss. However, she is really fast AND good about hitting balls on the run back deep and pretty hard (rather than just floating them back) so not only is it hard to get a ball past her, but you also probably won't get an easy second shot to put away if you fail to put away the first. The key to beating Venus is to get a lot of balls back deep, but without giving her pace. She doesn't like to generate her own pace. If you are slow, you better have the ability to create short angles and be super consistent with your power a la Davenport. Otherwise, you're going to lose.
Ivanovic: More consistent than Venus, but slower and less athletic. She loves having time to set up her shots and generating her own pace. Will dominate you if you can't hit hard, but has a pretty abysmal record against fellow hard, flat hitters (Davenport, Sharapova, Henin, Venus, Serena) because, unlike them, she doesn't really feed off the pace, and can't really return shots on the run back with any power. Venus eats her up because she can't get enough of Venus' balls back. Jankovic struggles because she plays too much defense and floats balls back until Ana puts them away.
Jankovic: Relies on consistency. Places ball well, can hit some hard shots, but in general does not go for winning shots early in the point. She struggles against consistent heavy hitters (Davenport, Henin, Sharapova) because she has trouble turning defense into offense as the sisters (who have great records against the aforementioned three) do. However, whereas Venus and Serena do so well against fellow heavy hitters mostly because they hit even harder, this doesn't thwart Jankovic, who is fast enough to retrieve even these harder hit shots, who can pass Venus well, and who is willing to work points until Venus makes an error, which inevitably happens. She struggles against Ana because Ana just doesn't miss as often.