Au Revoir, Mademoiselle Williams

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: May 31, 2010
CONNECTICUT (BASN) — Another French Open, another disappointment for No.

2 seeded Venus Williams.

The older of the Williams sisters fell to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3 in less than 90 minutes Sunday. Petrova had previously beaten Serena in Madrid three weeks ago.

More was expected of Venus at the French this year, but once again she let her fashion designs get in the way of her tennis.

Her outfits were the talk of the town for most of the Tournament and her focus on tennis seemed suspect. So did her footwork. Sure clay is not her best surface as it blunts her power, but she had been playing great all year,even on clay.

Venus is something of an enigma. She has never won the French or the Australian despite being No. 1 in the world for many weeks. She owns three Olympic Golds and has won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, with grass as her best surface.

She will probably enter Wimbledon in a few weeks as one of the favorites to win. The question will be — as always — does she have the desire to win. Her serve is a big advantage on grass.

She and her sister Serena are the No. 1 seeds in the women’s doubles at the French and are breezing through the draw. They are the best women’s doubles team in the world.

Venus will go down as one of the all-time greats in tennis but many feel that her career could have been even greater with more of an emphasis on playing tournaments and less of an emphasis on her fashion design business.

Still others feel that her career will not be complete until she wins at least one Australian or French.