View Full Version : Hopman Cup 2013 RR: Venus Williams [USA] def. Chanelle Scheepers [RSA] 4-6 6-2 6-3

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:32 AM
3 Sets to beat Scheepers? :o

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:32 AM
Rusty at times, but a win is a win.

BH looking good.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:34 AM
she was rusty and get lagged so I think we need to give her a bit of a break. I mean seriously what were people expecting for her first match :rolleyes: She started to play really good tennis in parts of the 2nd and 3rd. She will only get better as the week goes on. Im just so happy she is still playing and was able to get the win.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:34 AM
Dire footwork in the first set, standard up-and-down serving, UEs galore. She's fortunate Scheepers is a complete non-factor.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:34 AM
Not V's best tennis by a long shot, but I'm pleased she could get through a 2 hour match in 100 degree heat. The second set and most of the third set were solid though. :bounce:

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:35 AM
The new facility looks AMAZING

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:35 AM
Win's a win :) Venus came out really flat, but her energy really picked up in the 2nd set. Led 4-0 in the 3rd and really let Chani back into the match, she really should've closed it out much earlier.

Anyway, I think Chani is a tough match for her first match back especially in the heat and I'm glad Venus was able to dig deep and got to hit plenty of balls.

Chani :hug: Really good effort on her part :hug:

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:35 AM
Backhand looking fantastic best it's looked in years. Forehand looking rusty and more inconsistent than it has in years.

Other than that a standard Venus struggle with herself, sun in her eyes, doubles, mental walkabouts and first match in months.

Oh to be a Venus fan :lol:

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:36 AM
The first set was predictably rusty. The forehand needs some major work, but the backhand was the shot of the day for her that won her the match. Great volleying too!

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Good signs, just keep building V!

Leo St
Dec 30th, 2012, 03:38 AM
one of her best matches off grass since 2003 (dsanders, thats your cue)

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:38 AM
Decent tennis in the last two sets :yeah: and some great vintage bhdtl

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:39 AM
I enjoyed this match. :D

Chanelle had a pretty solid 1st set as Venus was trying to find her range. Venus really started to come alive in the 2nd set. Some great serving at times and her net play was really good. 15/16 good stat. That third set Venus ran away, but her form started going off. Chanelle had some chances but got tight her self. All in all some nice stuff. Venus 44/44 winners to errors. Nice to see Venus less than 24hrs after arrival play some decent tennis. Good luck to John against Kevin.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:39 AM
The forehand was dire but other than that, good match for her first time at Hopman.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:45 AM
Vee just wanted to give everyone something to talk about.

She made it through and that is what counts.

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:50 AM
I cant watch Venus being a journey woman now it is far too sad to see. Scheepers was dictating far too many points

Dec 30th, 2012, 03:58 AM
Took 2 hours and 15 minutes but great effort from Vee.Forehand was VERY off today,lots of errors,but the backhand was almost perfection,struck it very well.

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:06 AM
I cant watch Venus being a journey woman now it is far too sad to see. Scheepers was dictating far too many points

Then don't watch lol

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:08 AM
Then don't watch lol

I switched off after the 1st set ;)

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:12 AM
She will sharpen her game, she hasn't played a match since October for crying out loud.

Come on Venus :cheer:

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:13 AM
nice win hard but nice

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:15 AM
solid win considering she had less than 24 hours to prepare

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:18 AM
She went three sets against Scheepers in Cincy too. meh. She'll get better.
Loved how she stepped it up though after losing the first set.

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:31 AM
Venus was really rusty at times but when she was on, she was great to watch :yeah:

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:37 AM
Venus! Don't care about the three sets. Every win should be celebrated for this amazing woman.

Dec 30th, 2012, 04:58 AM
Vee just wanted to give everyone something to talk about.

She made it through and that is what counts.

This! Onwards, Vee :) :wavey:

Sombrerero loco
Dec 30th, 2012, 08:01 AM
the result doesnt look so promising

Dec 30th, 2012, 08:10 AM
I only caught the first set and thought Scheepers was taking it right to Venus and played very well. The best set I have seen her play. Venus wasn't at her best in the set but was not terrible. Forehand was inconsistent but the rest of the game looked good. Venus generally works herself into form so expecting her to pick up as the week goes on.

Dec 30th, 2012, 08:38 AM
Actually people are not giving Chanelle the credit she deserved in that first set, Venus was still playing a good level of tennis, Chanelle just played very well. Remember Venus actually only got to Perth yesterday, and Chanelle had 2 more matches played. Through sets 2 and 3 Venus' level really improved, her backhand and net play was in top form today, the forehand was rusty however in the third set she found her groove. Here is the the highlights on the singles, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ7lsxIP_GM Really enjoyed the match, and was a good match up for Venus, as Scheepers' got plenty of balls into play, giving Venus good court time. The second serve is improving, she was getting better angles on it. Overall a good start, and well done for her and John Isner winning 6-3 6-2 in doubles

Lord Choc Ice
Dec 30th, 2012, 08:49 AM
It's highly unusual for Vee's backhand to be better than her forehand these days - that was the old days :oh:.

Dec 30th, 2012, 08:55 AM
Oh well, a win is a win I guess.
Destroy your next opponent :cheer:

Dec 30th, 2012, 08:55 AM
Venus backhand is always the stronger wing that rarely breaks down. The forehand has always had a history of breaking down and spraying errors.

Dec 30th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Vee :yeah:

Dec 30th, 2012, 09:02 AM
Good, V !

So her serve is back to what it was pre-Na Li Cincinnati 2012, it increases her chance at the AO :).

Dec 30th, 2012, 10:03 AM
Just watched the highlights, decent stuff from Venus!
Movement was average, some weak serves and fh wasn´t that great but also some nice winners, good net play, bh was on fire it seems, not too bad!
Hope she can improve with more matches and stays healthy for Melbourne, good to see her playing some matches before the AO at least! :cheer:

Dec 30th, 2012, 10:23 AM
If Ana plays good, this time she is the one to beat Venus! :)

Dec 30th, 2012, 10:29 AM
Venus arrived in Australia just 24 hours before playing this match. Makes sense she was rusty and jet lagged.

cn ireland
Dec 30th, 2012, 10:39 AM

Dec 30th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Footwork. It's all about the footwork.

Keep going, V!

Dec 30th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Venus looked good though. Thank god she's ditched those rose-pattern FUGLY dresses and she's started to wear nicer ones.

The Dawntreader
Dec 30th, 2012, 12:25 PM
She didn't start moving her feet, especially off the forehand until the second set. After that, it was all passable. Backhand was electric in that final set though.

Dec 30th, 2012, 12:33 PM
Not a great performance from Venus but a win is a win.Good luck against your next opponent :yeah:

Dec 30th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Great start Venus to your 2013 season. :)