Apr 14th, 2005, 08:59 PM
From the very first game, when Venus hit three double faults to get broken, it was apparent that Gololvin was the more confident player and she expected to win. Venus didn't play *THAT* badly, but on the big points Golovin was the one who was able to take the initiative in the rallies without making an error. Venus got killed in the crosscourt forehand exchanges. She was sometimes effective at the net today (she made pretty much all of her make-able volleys), but her serve and groundstrokes just didn't give her enough opportunities to come in. Golovin played an outstanding match but that should not really come as a surprise to anyone.