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IAM#1
Jul 7th, 2007, 11:46 PM
Venus admitted herself in a press conference that when she took off all that time between memphis and miami it caused harm to her game. In order for Venus to have a successful first half of the season she needs to play more in the fall. Play some of the European Indoor Tourneys that way her game wont fall off so much from not playing.... I feel if Venus gets serious in the fall like Serena did in the fall before the Serena Slam and winning the YEC she will have a more complete year. I feel once Venus does this her came will be as solid as it was before and we could possibly see her winning the AusOpen and The F/O. I hope she plays at least 2 or 3 indoor tourneys as well as qualifies for the YEC.

woosey
Jul 7th, 2007, 11:48 PM
serena didn't really play much after last year's us open. so, that doesn't really prove your point.

although i would like to see v win the australian open.

IAM#1
Jul 7th, 2007, 11:49 PM
but Venus is different she needs the match play!

VenusSerenaBlvd.
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:22 AM
I agree. I can't remember the last time Venus played a decent schedule during the Fall. I remember her playing in the 2002 Season Ending Champs, but since then she's either been injured or did not qualify. I think with a strong performance during the US Hardcourt Series and the USO, will determine how Venus will do for the AO next year. I'd even be happy with 1 AO title for Venus!

cartmancop
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:24 AM
Hopefully if she keeps up her solid play, she will qualify for the YEC if she's healthy :)

AcesHigh
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:26 AM
eh... it's very very very difficult for Venus to win either. She'll have to be absolutely on fire.

The reason Venus does so well at Wimbledon is 1)her confidence is her absolutely highest there. 2)Her booming first serve and flat powerful groundstrokes fit the surface perfectly 3)No one moves as well as her on grass 4)Her aggressive style is overpowering for even the best players

AO and RG are different...she doesn't move as well, she has to make too many shots to win points, and her flat strokes don't fit well with the surface.

She can win it.. but... it's unlikely. Hopefully, if she gets on a run this summer, she'll be able to carry through next year and stay healthy.

sweetpeas
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:26 AM
she will qualify for the YEC if she's healthy


I hope so!

Tennisstar86
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:28 AM
Venus does always seem ill prepared for the AO. and the French i dont see her winning. shes just not good on clay, she always over runs etc....

heytennis
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:28 AM
Didn't she have plans to play the fall indoor season last year? And then her wrist injury flared up again unfortunately. She'll probably play at least one of the tier one's this year. She usually plays Zurich right?

Wannabeknowitall
Jul 8th, 2007, 02:28 AM
She needs to work on the shoulder strength to consistently deal with balls with heavy topspin on these surfaces.
Also she needs to work on a better Plan B.

She doesn't need to hit everything hard or go for broke when she's on the run.
The better option on these surfaces is to make the opponent hit a few more shots.

Direwolf
Jul 8th, 2007, 09:05 AM
eh... it's very very very difficult for Venus to win either. She'll have to be absolutely on fire.



AO and RG are different...she doesn't move as well, she has to make too many shots to win points, and her flat strokes don't fit well with the surface.

She can win it.. but... it's unlikely. Hopefully, if she gets on a run this summer, she'll be able to carry through next year and stay healthy.


I guess you didnt watch this years Wimbledon???

she wasnt making as much falt strokes as she was when she played the FO...

i watched her match against Jankovic, and she was just wacking the ball,
hitting it as hard as she can
against Jankovic...

while in this Wimbledon...
she was making sure that her returns were in..
placing it in some corners..
and she has so much spin on the ball..

i mean, i seldom see her mix her game soo much,
even to some previous Wimbledon,
she was slicing, dropshotting...

and that one handed backhand overhead crosscourt smash was amazing...



I think that that is what she needs to win AO and FO..
the same way she did at Wimbledon...

be a total wall, and even returning some with interest...
and of course, serve great like she did in her last 4 matches...!!!

Geisha
Jul 8th, 2007, 11:57 AM
umm..I don't know. Venus has always played a decent fall schedule when she's been healthy. In 1998 and 1999, she played a ton of fall tournaments. In 2000, she played Linz and got injured. In 2001, I don't blame her because they terrorist attacks were occurring. In 2002, she played Moscow and YEC. Not much, but still two tournaments. 2003, she was injured. 2004, she played almost every week it seemed. 2005, I don't recall her played. 2006, same.

I think she can do well in Australia because she has crazy endurance and knows how to play in the heat. Paris is more difficult, but even there...catch Venus who's confident and she's a factor on any surface, correct?

Morrissey
Jul 8th, 2007, 12:12 PM
I don't think the Williams Sisters care about the YEC no offense. As the sisters have proven again this year rankings mean nothing. The sisters care about slams. I mean Davenport has been no.1 4 times yet she will be remembered for being a choker and only winning 3 slams despite having 51 WTA tour titles. The Williams Sisters are part time players and they care about the slams. And as both have proven again they can vanish comeback and still dominate the competition. They are just that good.

Bruno71
Jul 8th, 2007, 12:18 PM
I'm not sure, but it sounds like the surface change in Melbourne may be more suitable for Venus' game. I could see her winning it on rebound ace too, but this could change things.

Matt01
Jul 8th, 2007, 12:19 PM
I mean Davenport has been no.1 4 times yet she will be remembered for being a choker and only winning 3 slams despite having 51 WTA tour titles.

Yes, if you say so :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

vwfan
Jul 8th, 2007, 01:05 PM
Venus can win both. But I agree that preparation is key. In 2003, she really should have won it. She was playing way better than everyone throughout the tournament, including the eventual winner: Serena Williams. But Serena wouldn't be denied and really she wanted it more than Vee did--plain and simple.

Venus should probably play a more aggressive fall schedule and a warmup event if she wants to do damage at the Aus Open. But I liked what I saw in the last four matches at Wimbledon: serve was clicking and she was determined not to lose her serve (she only lost it three times in like four matches against top players); her return game was brutal (needs to work on the break point conversions though); she took off some pace on her groundstrokes, moved in appropriately and didn't rush her shots. But by far the most impressive thing was that she stayed FOCUSED. She had very little letdowns and when she did they would only last a few points.

Aus Open is within reach. French is admittedly much tougher. Honestly, I think she just uses the French as preparation for Wimbledon (getting match play, practicing her strokes and trying to remain injury free) and that probably makes sense if you're Venus and you're weighing your odds of hoisting a trophy!

I hope she declares now that the Aus Open is her goal, like she did for Wimbledon at the beginning of the year. How cool would that be?!

Here's to Venus Williams: Aus Open Champion 2008!

40-0
Jul 8th, 2007, 01:20 PM
stay injury free