Venus Williams's third-round loss was the story of Week 1.
Questions about her game and commitment, first raised in 2002,
reached a climax in Melbourne. How many more losses can her
delicate psyche take? Have injuries, family trauma and the ascent
of her sister Serena sapped her motivation? When will she address
the shortcomings in her game--her forehand and second serve?
At the same time, much credit is due to her conqueror,
30-year-old Lisa Raymond. A flashy, athletic player best known
for her doubles skills, Raymond combined an ironclad game plan
with brilliant and confoundingly varied shotmaking. She played
the match of her career. As she told SI shortly after, "To put it
all together just felt so amazing!"