Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: aka TennisPower
This Venus loss was harder for me to endure.
At RG-02, Venus had that sisterhood feeling that restrained her from going all out. We could even see her enjoying Serena’s win at the end. At Wimbledon-02, Venus felt a little more effort could do it, but to no avail. At US Open-02, she did go for it and was beaten. Here at AO-03, she wanted to settle the score and couldn't do it, which hurts ands confirms a degree of dominance by Serena.
However, it's not total dominance. Yesterday's match could have gone Venus's way as she had a couple of opportunities to take the first set, chiefly when she served for it at 5-4. Also, her 4 out of 15 break point conversions clearly highlight a ton of missed opportunities. So, one can say that she lost by a small margin. But margin is what top players fight for.
Can Venus defeat Serena in the future? I hope so. But I'm sure Serena won't stand still and will endeavor to keep and increase that margin. They are only 21 and 22, with many tennis years in them; we are looking into some serious rivalry to come. I sure wish Kim or some other top player could break in between and add some spice to the fray.
Yes, this loss was harder for me than the previous three.
But it was good for Serena: she achieved her vaunted Serena Slam, made history and joined the elite group that ever held all 4 GS's at once. At 21, that’s highly meritorious.
It was hard on Venus who didn't get the win; let's not be shy to call a spade for what it is. Yet, as she said herself, when you lose you more astute to your mistakes and eager to take the next step: that's the POSITIVE. She's been adding quite bit a variety to her game, including more topspins and net attack. She needs to carry on with that. More importantly, as many people on this board pointed out, she needs to work on that second serve. A little improvement won't do as it may fail under pressure. A complete revamp a la Justine is in order.
Good luck Vee, you’re my #1.
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"Playing aggressive tennis ... that's always the way to go, if you ask me." - Venus Williams, May/2002
"Some shots I will hit hard but not every ball. I'm not just using my power." - Serena Williams, Oct/2002