Venus pulled a Rafa today in the Wimbledon final
Even though Venus refuses to admit it publicly, she IS suffering from pain in her left knee. Because Venus has played so much tennis - every day this week - the inflammation in her knee has became more of a factor and obviously affected her movement in the final.
Serena brought her A game today - solid serving, good returns and few errors and deserved to win. However, make no mistake, Venus was not on her game by a mile. The only reason the scoreline looked respectable was because Venus' serve helped her serve.
If you review the match you will notice that Venus was not moving as well as she moved 2 days ago - so much so that she fell twice. Venus could not get to balls that she was tracking down throughout the fortnight. When get to balls, she looked awkward and her footing was off. Venus looked dejected throughout the final because she was in pain and her knee hindered her from playing at her optimal level.
Venus also did not move well in the doubles semifinals yesterday. Without her agility, one of her weapons on the grass - Venus is reduced to a close to average player.
Rafa had the same issue at the French Open this year. Like Venus, the knee injury affected his movement on his favorite surface yet he continued to play through the pain because the Grand Slam meant so much to him. They both are too professional to withdraw from a Grand Slam match. Unfortunately for Rafa, Soderling knocked him out early.
Venus needs to take 1 month off to rest and rehabilitate her knee. However, knowing Venus, she will honor her commitment to Billie Jean and play World Team tennis later this month and then withdraw from her upcoming WTA tournament with a knee injury.
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