Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Not paradise thats fo sho
Re: Venus Williams Looking Ahead
Well, with Venus it's truly a mystery. I have never understood how she can never perform well at the Australian Open. Some of her losses have come against top players, but that was when she was at hear peak (loss to Hingis 6-1 6-1 and to Seles the next year). But following that, her losses have been quite baffling, I mean, she's been choking to MUCH lower ranked players after that.
IMO with Venus, it's a very intrinsic thing. She needs to feel somewhat connected to the tournament to have that rush of confidence. That's why she plays well at Wimbledon and at the Us Open. When she's connected, she's confident. Otherwise, as stoic she she may appear on the outside, she's probably a crumbling hot mess on the inside. She needs to understand that the name "Venus Williams" does not hold the same intimidating power it used to have in the past. She needs to know that it is Serena that people "fear".
As for her game, the problem is that Venus and Serena truly brought power hitting to a whole new level. Yes, Monica, Lindsay and Mary were power hitters, but they were nowhere near as quick around the court. Venus had it all, power, speed and fearlessness. The problem is that the generation that followed modeled their games around this as well. Serena pushed on but Venus just stopped, seemingly happy with what she had thinking that it would be enough. But when players started getting consistent with their strokes and started adding variety to their games, what Venus had wasn't enough.
Now, Serena may have regressed in her speed, but she's still pretty damn fast and her serve now is better than it has ever been. Venus is still quick and nimble and has a terrific net-game, but her strokes and her serve have almost gotten to become second rate.
Can she turn this around? I really hope so. Age is catching up and I have a feeling that Venus has too much pride to actually remodel her game. Doing that would tell everyone that she thinks something is wrong with her game. Still, I'm hoping she takes a page out of Serena's book and does what she needs to to make a push for true greatness.