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  Monday, 9 July, 2001, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Shriver's Wimbledon review
Two-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams
An improving Venus can dominate women's tennis
BBC commentator and five-time Wimbledon doubles champion Pam Shriver reflects on the women's singles at Wimbledon 2001.

The abiding memory of any championship has to be the winner and Venus Williams was a deserving champion.

She defended her title in a very mature and consistent manner and she's just too big right now.

Except for the first set against Nathalie Tauziat, when it got a little complicated, and the second sets in both the semi and the final, she never looked like losing and my biggest memory was how she handled the third sets in her last two matches.

When was the last time someone lost the middle set in both matches back-to-back in a Major and then lost only one game - it just doesn't happen and it will stick with me.

Jennifer Capriati
Capriati's Grand Slam bid came to a brave end
When Justine Henin levelled in the final, as she had against Jennifer Capriati in the semi, you felt that she had the momentum.

But Venus seems to have a delete button. If she has had a bad set it doesn't carry over and that's not an easy thing to do.

She erased everything that had happened in the second set and immediately regained control and the second game of the third, when she broke Justine, won the match and the championship.

Venus is clearly still improving. Her serve is better than a year ago, she's bringing more finesse to her shots and she is also volleying better and making fewer unforced errors.

If she stays healthy, mentally strong and reaches her full potential she could be dominant, and not just on grass.

Capriati will have something to say about that and her's was a fabulous story at this year's championships.

Belgian starlet Justine Henin
Henin bounced back from her Paris disappointment
Seeing her embrace all the pressure of being two legs up in a Grand Slam and have a reasonable run was an obvious highlight.

The match against Serena in the quarter-final took a lot out of her and in the semis against Justine she tried to pull something from within in the third set but she couldn't.

But that match had an upside in that Justine erased her collapse in the semis of the French to reach her first Grand Slam final.

It's always good to see young players bounce back from adversity - something Justine has had her fair share of.

And in the semis lower down the Wimbledon pecking order Britain had something to cheer.

With Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong making the last four of the girls' singles it at least offers a ray of hope for British tennis and I hope that they are the two most improved players over the next year - if they are that would be the best result of this Wimbledon.

It's certainly a better result than my love-and-love with Virginia Wade in the Ladies' invitation doubles - one of three reverses - and anything Martina Hingis enjoyed at these championships.

Elena Baltacha
Britain's Baltacha provides hope for the future
Martina's still number one but she is suffering a brain crisis that is longer than anything she has endured in the past and she needs to get her head together.

It wasn't a great tournament for Martina and I don't think it was a great tournament all-in-all.

The first really good match on Centre Court was the quarter final between Serena and Jennifer and we had to wait until the second Tuesday for that.

Wimbledon is a tournament in which the women are easily overshadowed by the men - especially when there's some British interest - and the women still only have two matches a day on the show courts compared to the men's four.

So looking back, congratulations to Venus, who certainly enjoyed a great Wimbledon, but for the women in general it was only only a good tournament.

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