Well, oddly, this doesn't hurt nearly as much as the other three
Am I happy? No.
Did I watch the whole match standing up? Yes.
I hate seeing Venus lose, even to Serena. But Venus actually made Serena play the kind of match Venus needs for Venus to win. She's going to have to do something about her 2nd serve, regardless, or get a lot more first serves in. But Serena will wina battle of trying to hit winners with every shot. She's smaller, more compact, and has slightly better footwork. 'Short' legs help.
But Venus got this match at least four times to very advantageous places, despite Serena's advantage on serve.
Venus served for the 1st set at 5-4.
Venus had the opening to get the service break at 4-4.
She didn't convert.
But she got the match to those places.
She fought herslef and her sister and clearly quite a lot of emotion.
It's also possible this is the first crowd Venus has ever played in front of in a final that was actually on her side, which may have been a little wierd.
I would have liked to see Venus slice a little more, but I really liked the high top-spinning groundies. On Rebound Ace, they bounce high enough that Serena couldn't quite kill them. I think Venus could have approached more against Serena's forehands, but even though they were landing onthe service line, those forehands had pace. And it's not like Venus has years of experience playing approach shots off those.
All in all, I feel pretty good about this. Venus still hasn't figured out how to discipline herself vs Serena, but this match showed real progress and real resolve.
Hate the result
Pleased with the progress.
BTW, you notice that a lot of those forehand errors come when Venus tries to make shots by opening up her racket face a little. It's trying to apply finesse to a power shot, and it a) not easy, and b) easy to miss if you're off even a little.
Also, I noticed that when she throws her toss high, the ball usually goes in. When the toss is low, it goes into the net.
VEnus has a chance at RG.
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