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GogoGirl
Apr 16th, 2003, 03:11 PM
I agree w/the writers concept - but not the part about the coaching of Venus. How does he know that Venus is mostly practicing from the baseline? I tell ya.

Besides - we've all seen how well Venus comes to the net. She can and will continue to do it. + She loves the late spring and summer seasons. So - lookie out.



http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/columnists/justasecond/stories/041603dnspoustasecond.506da.html


Net work is the key for Venus
04/16/2003


It should be painfully obvious to Venus Williams by now. She should probably even start looking for a new coach. Tell mom and dad, "thanks, but no thanks."

Little sister Serena is running away with women's tennis, and if Venus wants to do anything about it, she has to look deep inside and make some serious changes to her game.

Serena, who won raves for a bit part on the television show My Wife and Kids and has a Hollywood agent reviewing scripts, has shown no signs of distraction. She has won three of the four tournaments she has entered this year, including the Australian Open, which gave her the Serena Slam. She has won 21 of 22 matches in 2003, losing only in the final of last weekend's clay-court Family Cup Circle to clay-court specialist Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Serena may be tired of winning. Literally. Serena notified the WTA Tour on Tuesday that she has withdrawn from the MasterCard German Open in Berlin on May 5 so she can rest as she prepares to defend her French Open title.

Venus should realize that her time may never come again unless Serena picks acting over tennis or unless Venus is ready to attack the net like Martina Navratilova.

No one has ever seen a serve in the women's game like Venus Williams'. At 125 mph, Venus serves harder than Andre Agassi. And no one has ever seen a wingspan from fingertip to fingertip it's 6-6 on a more athletic female tennis player. She should never lose Wimbledon, where a serve and volley have often led to Centre Court meetings with the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Ask Navratilova (nine titles) and Pete Sampras (seven). Venus' court coverage has always been impressive from the baseline, but at 6-1, she's even more daunting at the net.

She turns into Patrick Roy, snuffing out every lob and passing shot hit her way. It's not like Venus doesn't have pedigree at the net. She's won six Grand Slam doubles titles with Serena and two mixed doubles crowns in majors.

The problem may be that her coaches mom and dad have always encouraged her to bang from the baseline. Their practices are full of baseline work. And if Venus isn't being coached to her strengths, then that's why she's uncomfortable at the net.

If Venus doesn't get to the net soon, she may find herself looking up to little sister in the rankings and trophy presentations for some time to come.

eshell
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:18 PM
Thanks for this article, GoGoGirl!

It was an interesting read and includes a nice topic for debate.

Kart
Apr 16th, 2003, 09:32 PM
If she's going to start serving and volleying she's going to need a better second serve.

It's hard to come into net when you win your matches against every other opponent from the baseline.

Perhaps Venus should enter a few more tournaments that her sister does so that she gets some more experience playing her rather than just at slam level ?

This tactic the sisters have of avoiding each other - although understandable - is only hurting Venus at the moment.

harloo
Apr 16th, 2003, 10:19 PM
IMO, Venus is better at the net than Serena. However, I still think it's diffucult to come to the net every match in todays game. The women hit with alot of power nowadays. Personally, I think if Venus straigtens out her 1st and second serve she can beat little sis.

Venus comes to the net against alot of players, but playing Davenport, Capriati, Clijsters, and Serena she always isn't allowed to come in. If she gets a short ball then she steps in, but I don't see Venus turning into a pure serve and volleyer. The only top player who serves and volley is Lisa Raymond and she is okay at it.

It's all up to want Venus wants to do. I don't know if at this point she want's another coach, but it might do her some good to get some outside help.

Serena made up her mind to get outside help for things that she was doing wrong in her game, and I would hope Vee does the same. However, it is not ANYONE'S place(writer included) to tell someone what they should do.

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Infiniti2001
Apr 16th, 2003, 10:34 PM
I'm sorry, but I don't buy this...I don't see any player who is pretty much at the top of the field who needs "huge" changes at the moment . There's only one player Venus is having real trouble beating which I don't think is so much a matter of her game as other things. No, it's not priorities either. It's serena and the psychological thing. :sad:
I guess this writer has not seen her in the last year or two, because if he had he would not say that she needs to get off the baseline.Venus has practically lived at the net in some matches and has had an astounding success rate there. :rolleyes:

CJ07
Apr 16th, 2003, 11:12 PM
Venus is coming to net more
but she doesnt have the oppurtunity all the time


she doesnt need a new coach, but she needs to have a long talk with Richard, he'd be happy to help her out with her game

Lisbeth
Apr 17th, 2003, 03:23 AM
How do they know the problem isn't that she's seeing LESS of of her parents on the court? After all with the split up and Oracene's apparently busy new life who knows what's going on? How do they know any of this anyway? I doubt Venus told them.

I personally suspect that Venus has benefitted from other input (eg Billie Jean King's coaching of the USA Olympic and Fed Cup teams), just as most athletes benefit from a new perspective, but to claim suddenly her parents are hurting her game when she was doing just fine with them in 2000/2001 seems a bit stupid to me.

spokenword73
Apr 17th, 2003, 04:11 AM
IMO, Venus is better at the net than Serena. However, I still think it's diffucult to come to the net every match in todays game. The women hit with alot of power nowadays. Personally, I think if Venus straigtens out her 1st and second serve she can beat little sis.

Venus comes to the net against alot of players, but playing Davenport, Capriati, Clijsters, and Serena she always isn't allowed to come in. If she gets a short ball then she steps in, but I don't see Venus turning into a pure serve and volleyer. The only top player who serves and volley is Lisa Raymond and she is okay at it.

It's all up to want Venus wants to do. I don't know if at this point she want's another coach, but it might do her some good to get some outside help.

Serena made up her mind to get outside help for things that she was doing wrong in her game, and I would hope Vee does the same. However, it is not ANYONE'S place(writer included) to tell someone what they should do.

I

what outside help did Serena get??