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.
Apr 14th, 2005, 08:13 PM
If i am not mistken next month it will be a year since Venus last won a tournament. The only top ten players she has beaten in the past year and a half are Myskina (who is in a terrible slump yet managed to take a set off her) and Serena (i wouldn't read much into that win because since the AO Serena isn't playing well either). So her results over the last year and a half clearly indicate that she hasn't been playing like a top ten player at all and so, yes, Venus losing to a top 30 player is not really an upset these days.:)