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rjd1111
Jul 8th, 2007, 01:02 AM
Excerps from an article a couple of months ago.


Maybe Venus will stay healthy for the rest of the summer, maybe not. But if she is near 100 percent, she'll have more than a few opportunities to make a major impact at the majors again.

With good health, she's still a quality player.

But the fear factor that once struck other players when they saw her game face is gone — and rightly so. Although Venus is a former No. 1, winning just three titles in the past two years isn't going to make anyone shake. That kind of intimidation factor is reserved for Justine Henin, Serena and Sharapova, all who have put up highly impressive performances during the past year.

"She's not as dominant as she once was," said young American Ashley Harkleroad.

Venus hasn't been a leading contender since 2005. She's certainly capable of joining the elite if she can establish a comfortable rhythm. Her groundstrokes are still ferocious when she's following through on her forehand. She's still one of the best defensive players on the planet due to her long, loping strides. When she's tossing them in, she can still dominate with her first serve. But despite what she says, Venus no longer has that inner self-belief at crunch time she once had — and that will only return with more matches and more victories.

At this point, she's hoping her game clicks in, but is prepared to turn the dial herself.

"I'm not exactly focusing on the clicks because I feel like I know what I need to execute on the courts here," she said. "I just need to go out there and do what I need to do, whether it's clicking or not, because I've played lots of matches where I didn't feel like I was at my best, but I still have to play. It's not about if I'm feeling absolutely on Cloud 9."


"I always want the ultimate result, which is obviously holding the trophy," she said. "I think most players dream of that. I'm not different than anyone else."

ico4498
Jul 8th, 2007, 01:06 AM
got no problem with that take. seems a fair interpretation of things as they were ...