|She’s got it, yeah baby she’s got it….couldn’t resist sorry|
This week the tennis world has welcomed the return of one of it’s true darlings and great champions from a wilderness full of illness, injury and uncertainty.
The Sjogren’s Syndrome had looked to not just threaten but – until this week – end the elder Williams’ fantastic career at the top, but nothing much gets in the way of the American in Dubai be it illness or a stellar field.
Apart from finishing runner-up in Auckland last month, Venus’ triumph here has come seemingly from nowhere. Lacklustre results – certainly by the multi-major winner’s lofty standards were becoming frequently commonplace.
Instead, watching her this week in the emirate state where she finds herself now on a 15-match winning streak it was clear that the champ of 2009 and 2010 is back to her very best.
For how long remains a mystery of course – but an exciting one to find out.
Venus encompasses the power game and one that – when on song – few can withstand, Serena included.
Entering this year as a wildcard her list of victims is what makes this such an impressive tournament and a great way to kick-start my own attempts at weekly posts.
Vesnina, Ivanovic, Pennetta, Wozniacki and finally Cornet – all players enjoying excellent seasons so far and all despatched in straight sets.
For the Frenchwoman Cornet who dashed the hopes of many of the first all-Williams final since 2009 it has also been a week to remember. Those tears at the tail end of the first set merely showed Alize’s high expectations justifiably so after conquering Serena in the semi’s.
Williams Jr has had a less than stellar start to 2014 proceedings, and some careless choice of words after her defeat (’embarrassing’ hardly credits Cornet) earn her a spell on the naughty step.
Anyway as the French might say – not this week perhaps – Vive le Venus!!