View Full Version : VENUS responds to suggested coaching changes.

Jan 25th, 2003, 12:29 PM
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A new coach might give Venus Williams the fresh approach she needs to end sister Serena's dominance.

But it's not going to happen.


Serena won her fourth straight Grand Slam title Saturday and in all four she has beaten Venus in the final.

Both sisters are coached by father Richard Williams and mother Oracene Price, although it's obvious the parents loan more moral than technical support to their daughters.

Venus says she just couldn't work with anyone else.

"I couldn't deal with a coach," she said. "I like my mom and dad because they're really laid back. Once we leave the court we don't talk about tennis, strategy, all that."

Venus says she's happy with the current situation.

"If I hired a coach they'd want to talk about strategy, scout other players, they want to do all that stuff I don't want to do.

"They wouldn't be able to tell me anything, we'd get in an argument and it wouldn't be good."

And what if Richard and Oracene feel like retiring?

"Once mom and dad get tired I think Serena and I will coach each other."

Somehow, I do not think that SERENA would tell VENUS how to beat SERENA. :)

Jan 25th, 2003, 12:40 PM
VENUS apparently has an interesting quandry:

She doesn't like to train;
and she doesn't want a coach to tell her to train;
yet she still wants to be able to beat SERENA and others and win slams.

Looks like SERENA may get 2 or 3 more slams title this year.

Jan 25th, 2003, 01:00 PM
A hint of despondancy there Mr Rexx?

I'll be nice to you today, as we are on the brink of WW3 and doomed and all...

Venus is a phenom of a player, has made the last 4 GS finals and plays tennis that at times touch amazing, nigh on unbeatable heights.

A measure of perspective is needed...how much would I have given to see Julie play in one GS singles final? Even a semi would have been a thrill...

Now Julie, I will forever maintain, was a class player, though perhaps an under-achiever...which must make Venus a bloomin living legend.

I am not a Venus fan, but you have to admire what she can do on a tennis court...you should bask in her glories, and look forward to many more to come.

Now I shall return to pouring scorn on you...

Jan 25th, 2003, 01:26 PM
She doesn't like to train;

She now knows that she has to put in the time, however, it is not so much that she doesn't like to train as much as she did not like to do anymore than she had to, she was good enough to win with weakness. now that this is not the case, it will be interesting to see what her response is, from what she is saying she is ready to take up the challenge.

in one of her interviews she mentioned re-arranging her training schedule so that she practises her serves first. that has to be good news

and she doesn't want a coach to tell her to train;
i agree with the point she made about trainers talking strategy, that is what they would be paid to do and if she does not like the idea of worrying about her opponents then she should not force herself to do so.

she can think up strategy herself from watching what the other player is doing during serena's matches or experiencing first hand defeat or near defeat eg henin, hantuchova, bovina dementieva, dokic and her latest nemesis Serena.
sometimes if you worry too much about your opponent and don't play your own game end up in trouble eg henin and hantuchova in this yrs AO.

yet she still wants to be able to beat SERENA and others and win slams.

and why not?

with those obvious weaknesses of hers she was still able to cut a swathe through the draw without dropping set until the final and even then was able to take Serena to three sets.

Go Venus FO and Wimbledon await you

Jan 25th, 2003, 02:40 PM
The rest of the tour wishes it had Venus' problems.

Venus just needs to change her second serve and mix up her ground strokes a little more (Serena is probably a little used to Venus' game, you know). If Venus brought a Froggie B-Game to the table to go with her nearly unbeatalbe A-Game...

...Mary Carrillo would have to kill herself (and I would dance on her hater grave).

Jan 25th, 2003, 02:52 PM
Thank you for being kind, Mr. Ba.

I am not despondent because being a fan of VENUS does give one an interesting journey in which to follow.
I am still proud of my #1 fave and happy that the #2 fave is doing so well.

Now, Mr. Ba, we can get back to our scournful ways once again. :p :)

Jan 25th, 2003, 07:27 PM
Too bad. BJK could do wonders for Venus. And it would be a great excuse for some distance between the two girls. Venus' biggest problem is that Rena is a damn quick learner.

Couple this with better technique on almost every major stroke and you have a difficult situ for V. The technique differences would have easily been less glaring if Rena didn't know her sis' game so well.