Re: Venus Williams (The Dave Kingman of tennis)
Your observations on Venus are not incorrect, (except for one BIG one) but you picked the wrong player. Venus has seven slam singles, titles, 41 singles titles overall, either 17 or 18 overall slam titles, three Olympic Gold medals and a Fed Cup.
And sometimes, she totally bombs out in big spots.
She's more Alex Rodriguez than Dave Kingman. Even that anoalgy is loose. Venus hasn't been the best player on tour since 2001. But for more of the period since than not, she's been one of the best players. But not a lot more often than not. If you one of the best player 65% of the time, after you were the best player, you usually don't play any sport another eight years, except maybe auto or horse racing.
You know who Venus is? She's Bret Farve.
NOTE: THe wrong observation is that Venus tries to 'power her way out of slumps'. To my eye, that's exactly what she DOESN'T do. Venus tries to lower her unforced errors out of slumps, and all that does is let the opponents into matches.
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