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sperosgeorgejr
Mar 26th, 2003, 12:09 PM
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Venus' woes


By Matthew Cronin
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Venus Williams needs to take a hard look in the mirror and decide to what lengths she is willing to go to improve herself this year. Her loss to Meghann Shaughnessy at the NASDAQ-100 indicates that she isn't match tough, has done little to improve her shaky second serve and is lacking confidence in her forehand once again. Maybe she needs a new coach, maybe she needs a new trainer, or maybe she simply needs to ask herself what her goals are in life and how much she cares about playing, because the way her career is going right now, she's in no position to challenge Serena. Shaughnessy is in Venus' head, but not in Jennifer Capriati's, who said last summer that Meghann couldn't crack an egg with her backhand. If Capriati plays at 90% of her ability, she'll win their quarterfinal in straight sets. Shaughnessy is still too overly reliant on her inside-out forehand.
Jelena Dokic is working triple-hard with new coach Heinz Gunthardt and her decision to go with Steffi Graf's old tutor already appears to be paying off. She may not be ready to take out the likes of Kim Clijsters at the NASDAQ though, who remarkably has not yet tired in her fourth straight week of play. Has there ever been more ludicrous scores than Monday's women's results from Key Biscayne? There were way too many 0, 1 and 2s for this deep in an event. Or maybe depth is just an illusion. Even though she has been hurt and ill, Amelie Mauresmo should be embarrassed by the way Chanda Rubin crushed her. Chanda will need to bring the same level against Justine Henin-Hardenne, who is looking very refreshed after skipping Indian Wells.

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slydevil6142
Mar 26th, 2003, 03:09 PM
Shaughnessy is in Venus' head, but not in Jennifer Capriati's :rolleyes:

So a loss to megan and now venus has a mental problem playing her give me a freakin break

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 26th, 2003, 03:39 PM
the man is so clueless maybe he needs to take a look at the head to head between meg and venus and then look at the jen and venus head to head and figure out who's in who's head.

jenglisbe
Mar 26th, 2003, 04:21 PM
Megan may not truly be in Venus' head, but his comment that Venus isn't in a position to threaten Serena is true. Venus hasn't beaten Serena in, what, 2 years? Plus, Venus has more random losses than Serena. Having said that, though, it isn't a reason to retire. Most - if not all - players aren't in a position to threaten Serena (Kim may be the only possibility since she beat Serena 4 months ago and had match points at the Aussie Open).

slydevil6142
Mar 26th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Megan may not truly be in Venus' head, but his comment that Venus isn't in a position to threaten Serena is true. Venus hasn't beaten Serena in, what, 2 years? Plus, Venus has more random losses than Serena. Having said that, though, it isn't a reason to retire. Most - if not all - players aren't in a position to threaten Serena (Kim may be the only possibility since she beat Serena 4 months ago and had match points at the Aussie Open).

of course Venus is in a postion to challenge Serena in fact anyone that plays Serena is in a postion to challenge her however, actually beating her is a different story. Venus is a superior player and one loss to a player that is playing terrific tennis does not constitute a complete mental break down in her play. I do feel Venus needs to work on certain aspects of her game however if she is able to find the fire that use to drive her she can get back to the peak of her game. The peak of her game may not mean she will win a slam however she can at least say she truly gave it her best shot.

aussiefan83
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:21 AM
venus had one dissapointing loss- so what?? she is human. she has had a great 18 months (4 straight grand slam finals and many titles says it all). and she went so close to beating serena at the aus open, so its not like her game is in huge trouble.

1jackson2001
Mar 27th, 2003, 12:35 AM
I'm not surprised that the media and all these articles come flying from all directions when Venus loses to Meghann. After I found out Venus lost, I had the "prediction" that writers would question Venus and her ability.

TommyH
Mar 27th, 2003, 01:00 AM
the media loves to make a story up about a player falling or being in a slump. It happens to every player when they have a surprising loss