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Pilot Pen Draw

WILLIAMS Venus USA
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TANASUGARN Tamarine THA
SHAUGHNESSY Meghann USA

BEDANOVA Daja CZE
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DEMENTIEVA Elena RUS

DOKIC Jelena YUG
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SCHNYDER Patty SUI

FARINA ELIA Silvia ITA
MAJOLI Iva CRO

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HANTUCHOVA Daniela SVK

HINGIS Martina SUI
SMASHNOVA Anna ISR

STEVENSON Alexandra USA
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MYSKINA Anastasia RUS
MARTINEZ Conchita ESP

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HENIN Justine BEL

MAURESMO Amelie FRA
PANOVA Tatiana RUS

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RAYMOND Lisa USA

TULYAGANOVA Iroda UZB
SANCHEZ VICARIO Arantxa ESP

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2002 DOMESTIC TELEVISION SCHEDULE
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August 21 Wednesday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Tape Delay
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August 23 Friday 1:00 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Tape Delay (Quarterfinal)
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August 23 Friday 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Live (Semifinal #2)


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2001 Venus Williams (USA) def. Lindsay Davenport (USA) 7-6(6) 6-4
2000 Venus Williams (USA) def. Monica Seles (USA) 6-2 6-4
1999 Venus Williams (USA) def. Lindsay Davenport (USA) 6-2 7-5
1998 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Jana Novotna (CZE) 6-4 6-1
1997 Lindsay Davenport (USA) def. Sandrine Testud (FRA) 6-4 6-1
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Women's Look Forward: New Haven

Women's Look Forward: Week of August 18
Women's Look Forward: New Haven
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You can learn a lot about players' habits just by looking at the New Haven draw.

Top players tend not to want to play too many warmups to a Slam; they don't want to arrive tired. Mid-ranked players, who don't anticipate winning so many matches that fatigue becomes a factor, want to be sure to get in some practice.

New Haven does a fine job of satisfying both. It's only a 28-draw, meaning that top players don't have to play too many matches to win -- but it features six qualifiers instead of the usual four, giving many more players the chance to at least play qualifying. The WTA says that New Haven is rivalled only by Filderstadt and San Diego in the strength of its qualifying field (which this year is headed by Elena Likhovtseva). This doesn't quite extend to the main draw -- the fact that only 22 players get direct entry makes the qualifying stronger than it should be relative to the main draw. But it's still a fairly impressive bunch. Consider: When is the last time Martina Hingis played a 28-draw event and didn't get a bye? (The answer is 1996, though of course this is mostly the WTA's injury rules in action; Hingis is actually the fourth-highest-ranked player present, behind Venus Williams, Jelena Dokic, and Justine Henin, but ends up with the #5 seed because Lindsay Davenport has a protected ranking and Hingis doesn't.)

Hingis may yet get promoted, given that Jelena Dokic on Saturday finally suffered the injury she's been courting assiduously all year. And she'd probably like that, since Dokic's quarter is weaker than her own. But hardly weak. There isn't a bad match in this draw, at least among those who got direct entry. Not when world #14 Silvia Farina Elia is unseeded!

The analysis below is based on the initial draw, with Dokic still scheduled to play.

With four seeds getting byes, and six qualifiers, there are only six first round matches involving two "name" players. All are quite good:

Tanasugarn vs. Shaughnessy. Both were ranked higher earlier this year than now. Shaughnessy has fallen lower -- but she was ranked higher when she started. Can she ever rediscover her form?

Farina Elia vs. Majoli. A very consistent player with no big weapons versus a very streaky player with better weapons. Hardcourt doesn't suit either particularly, though Farina is probably the more balanced player. This could go either way.

(5) Hingis vs. Smashnova. Two of the steadiest players on the Tour. Hingis has the better weapons. Will she have the patience to deal with Smashnova?

Myskina vs. Martinez. Myskina has been moving up steadily in the rankings, though she's going to have to raise things a level to move higher still. Martinez is in a pretty bad funk. But Myskina plays a very basic game. Can Martinez throw her enough changeups to bother her?

(6) Mauresmo vs. Panova. Mauresmo can blow Panova off the court if she's on. But Mauresmo doesn't like hardcourts at all -- she's the only player on the Tour to avoid Miami, for instance. Can Panova do something with that advantage?

Tulyaganova vs. Sanchez-Vicario. Both are slumping. Tulyaganova doesn't like hardcourts much, and she's ranked lower. Which one will break out?

In the second round, the fireworks really start:

(1) Venus Williams vs. Tanasugarn or Shaughnessy. Well, don't expect much out of this one.

Bedanova vs. (8) Dementieva. Two young talents. Two very inconsistent players. Bedanova beat Dementieva at the 2001 Australian Open -- and if anything, she's gotten better since, while Dementieva has signally failed to improve.

(3) Dokic vs. Schnyder. We'll see if this comes off. It's power vs. variety. A lot will depend on Schnyder's state of mind.

Majoli or Farina Elia vs. (7) Hantuchova. Majoli has the shots to beat Hantuchova on a good day. Farina Elia has the steadiness to let Hantuchova beat herself on a bad day. It should be a good match.

(5) Hingis vs. Stevenson. The two played a very tight set at Miami before Stevenson fell apart. That may have planted seeds of doubt in Stevenson; she's not been the same since. But neither has Hingis, who played only one more tournament before her injury. Hingis is healthy but not match-tough. Stevenson has only recently started winning again. Who is more out of form? Stay tuned.

Myskina or Martinez vs. (4) Henin. Myskina can outhit Henin. Martinez rivals the Belgian in touch. The points may be long, but they could be interesting.

(6) Mauresmo vs. Raymond. The surface is too fast for Mauresmo, too slow for Raymond. Who does that help?

Tulyaganova or Sanchez-Vicario vs. (2) Davenport. Who can find form the soonest? Davenport is, other than Venus Williams, the best hardcourt player in the draw. But it is only her fourth event back.

The Rankings. Since this is written before Montreal concludes, what follows is more tentative than usual. But some things are clear. To begin with, Serena Williams remains #1. Venus Williams is the New Haven defending champion, and with the draw somewhat weaker this year than last, she can only lose points. Nonetheless, Venus is secure at #2 -- all the more so since Jennifer Capriati isn't playing this year. Capriati, even though she won't be defending her semifinalist points, is secure at #3. Below that, things start to get interesting. The next three players in the rankings are Dokic (who may play), Seles (who won't), and Clijsters (who won't). Justine Henin is, by our calculation, 334 points behind Dokic. So if she can win here (highly unlikely, given that this is probably her worst surface), she would certainly pass Seles and Clijsters and might even threaten Dokic.

Hingis, at #8, has nothing to defend, and so has an outside shot at passing Henin or Clijsters. She probably won't fall, considering that Lindsay Davenport is the defending finalist and Mauresmo is has quarterfinalist points.

Daniela Hantuchova has an outside shot to enter the Top Ten.

Only five of the players from #11 to #20 are playing: Hantuchova, Dementieva, Farina Elia, Myskina, and Smashnova. Most of these players have many more than 17 tournaments; it's hard for them to move up the rankings unless they have very big results. The only one with much on the line is Myskina (85 points). So we may see almost no movement among players in the #11-#20 range.
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Unbeatable

Unbeatable
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By Sean O'Rourke


Venus Williams has never lost a match at the Pilot Pen. Here's a look at the 12-match winning streak:
1999: Williams (2) defeated Maria Sanchez-Lorenzo, 6-1, 6-1, second round

def. Magui Serna, 6-0, 6-4, quarterfinal

def. Monica Seles (3), 6-1, 6-2, semifinal

def. Lindsay Davenport (1), 6-2, 7-5, final

2000: Williams (1) def. Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 7-5, second round

def. Patty Schynder, 6-4, 6-2, quarterfinal

def. Amanda Coetzer (5), 6-3, 6-4, semifinal

def. Seles (2), 6-2, 6-4, final

2001: Williams (3) def. Sandrine Testud, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, second round

def. Justine Henin, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

def. Jennifer Capriati (2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)

def. Davenport (2), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Here's a look at the the products endorsed by Venus and Serena Williams:

VENUS

Reebok

Wilson tennis rackets

Avon

Doublement Gum by Wrigley

Wilson's leather (the Venus Williams fashion line)

SEGA

SERENA

Puma

Wilson tennis rackets

Avon

Doublemint Gum by Wrigley

SEGA

Here's a look at the accomplishments of Venus and Serena Williams:

VENUS

--Currently ranked second in the world

--Has won four Grand Slams, the 2000 and 2001 U.S. Open and 2001 and 2001 Wimbledon

--Has won 27 WTA Tour titles

--Has won three straight Pilot Pen titles

--Olympic gold medalist in 2000 summer games at Sydney, Australia

--Has six singles titles this season at Antwerp, Amelia Island, Gold Coast, Paris Indoors, Stanford and San Diego

--Enters the Pilot Pen riding a eight-match winning streak

--Was ranked No. 1 from Feb. 25-march 17, April 22-May 19 and June 10-July 7

SERENA

--Currently ranked No. 1 in the world

--Has won back-to-back Grand Slams at the French Open and Wimbledon this year

--Also won the U.S. Open in 1999

--Took over the No. 1 ranking from her sister for the first time in her career on July 14

--Has won 16 WTA Tour titles

--Has won five titles this season at the French Open, Wimbledon, Miami, Scottsdale and Italian Open
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Pilot Pen finds success in New Haven

Pilot Pen finds success in New Haven
Aug. 17, 2002. 07:15 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Dominated by Venus Williams the past three years, the Pilot Pen gets under way Sunday offering players one last chance to get match-ready for the U.S. Open.

Williams, the top seed and No. 2 player in the world, has not lost a set in New Haven. She is the only woman with three consecutive titles in the history of the tournament, which began in 1948 and was formerly known as the U.S. Hardcore Championships.

The tournament has grown in popularity with players and spectators in its five years in New Haven. The hardcourt surface at the Connecticut Tennis Center is similar to that of the U.S. Open, allowing players to gauge their timing and speed of the ball. Many of the marquee matchups are played at night under the lights of the 13,500-seat stadium court.

"Normally, players don't want to play at night, but what helps us now is that the U.S. Open final match is at night," said tournament director Anne Worcester..

The cutoff this year for the main draw stopped at the No. 23 player in the world. All others had to hope for a wild card, a withdrawal or battle on the court for one of six qualifying spots.

Spectator attendance has grown from 40,000 in 1998 to 92,000 last year, making it the best-attended women-only tennis event in the world.

Subtle changes are apparent following Sept. 11. Enhanced security is evident with bag checks and heightened police presence.

Title sponsor Pilot Pen has extended its contract through 2008, a deal made a few weeks before the terrorist attacks. Despite the nation's economic slump following the attacks, Ron Shaw, company president and chief executive officer, did not retreat from his commitment.

"It never entered my mind to try and find an excuse to run away after what happened last September," Shaw said. "The president asked us all to get life back to normal as fast as we can. It's not just a cold, calculated business decision to sponsor this thing. It's a happy kind of event to bring to the world, to the state, to this country.''

Williams headlines a 28-player field that includes 18 of the top 25 in the world. She'll play no earlier than Tuesday because the top four seeds all have first-round byes and will take on the winner of Tamarine Tanasugarn and Meghann Shaugnessy.

The doubles competition features Hall-of-Famer Martina Navratilova, a popular draw in New Haven. Navratilova, 45, retired from singles in 1994, but returned to play doubles in 2000. She is teamed with 20-year-old Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan.

Two former No. 1 players have made the Pilot Pen another stop on their road to recovery. Lindsay Davenport, the 1997 winner of this tournament, missed most of the season because of knee surgery and is seeded No. 2.

Martina Hingis, back after a three-month layoff from ankle surgery, is the fifth-seeded player and drew a first-round match against popular Israeli star Anna Smashnova, a five-time singles champ and No. 19 in the world.

Hingis, ranked No. 8 in the world, made her comeback in Montreal this past week, losing in the quarterfinals Friday to Jelena Dokic. Dokic is scheduled to play at the Pilot Pen and is seeded third, but pulled out of the semifinals in Montreal on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Smashnova expects a tough match from Hingis, despite the layoff.

"She's obviously a great, great player even though she hasn't played in three months," Smashnova said Saturday.

The two met once before in the fourth round of the French Open in 1998. Hingis, then the top-ranked player in the world, beat No. 72 Smashnova 6-2, 6-1. Much has changed. Hingis is working her way back to top form, while Smashnova is having a career year.

The 26-year-old Smashnova was ranked 87th at the end of last season and opened 2002 on fire, winning her first 10 matches and two straight tournaments. She achieved her highest ranking of No. 16 in July, the highest for any Israeli tennis professional.

A clay court specialist, Smashnova attributes the turnaround to more commitment, less self-pressure and her fitness coach Marco Panichi.

"I'm stronger, I'm faster, I can stay longer on the court with the same intensity," she said. "I'm not going to think about Martina, I'm just going to think about my game. I just have to keep my game going well.''
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Venus Williams [1] vs. Meghann Shaughnessy
Williams leads 4-1; 3-1 on hardcourts

2000-08-28 U.S. Open Hardcourt R32 Venus Williams (USA) 7-6(3) 6-1
2001-01-15 Australian Open Hardcourt R64 Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 7-6(3)
2001-04-30 Hamburg Clay F Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 6-0
2001-07-23 Stanford Hardcourt QF Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 2-6 7-5 7-6(4)
2002-07-22 Stanford Hardcourt R16 Venus Williams (USA) 6-4 6-1
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Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., smiles as she speaks at a news conference at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002. Williams will defend her title at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

"I love the game, I love the thrill, I love the "Go Venus`."
"It takes a lot of work to get to this level, so while I can play I'm going to play."

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Venus: Chase is on

Venus: Chase is on
Pursuit of sister's top rank continues at Pilot Pen
News Haven Register
By Sean O'Rourk, Register Staff


NEW HAVEN — Venus Williams' pursuit of the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis continues this week at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

Williams is chasing younger sister Serena for the distinction. A fourth straight tournament title at the Pilot Pen tournament this week and a third straight championship at the U.S. Open, which begins a week from today, would vault big sister past little sister in the rankings.

The pursuit of her fourth straight Pilot Pen title begins either Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon against Meghann Shaughnessy, who defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Sunday afternoon.


Venus Williams met with the media Sunday at the CTC to discuss her goal of returning to No. 1.
"It (being No. 1) is very important," Williams said. "I'm not trying to stay at No. 2 for the rest of my career. I'm hoping the tournament wins will add up and make a difference for me."

Williams moved into the No. 1 ranking on Feb. 25 for the first time in her career. She lasted for four weeks and also had stints from April 22-May 19 and June 10-July 7 before being displaced by her sister.

Serena Williams earned the top ranking after beating Venus in the Wimbledon final. Serena also beat Venus in the French Open final in June.

For most, a year with two Grand Slam final appearances would be considered superb. But Venus dominated last summer as she won at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open as well as winning tournaments at San Diego and the Pilot Pen.

"I feel I've done my personal best this year," Williams said. "I've had some nice highlights. Two (Grand Slam) finals are not bad. I can't be too down on myself about that. This is still a great year, to be second best is not bad. I realize I can't have everything, but I still have to keep working hard."

Williams prepared for the three-week stretch at the Pilot Pen and the U.S. Open by taking the last two weeks off from tournament play. Unless the tournament is a Grand Slam event, Venus does not play when Serena does. Serena played in Los Angeles and was scheduled to play in Montreal last week before withdrawing because of an injury.

The weeks off served as a mental and physical refresher for Venus. She was able to hang out at home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and catch up on her hobbies, although she was careful not to go too long without practicing.

"I try to relax, to do things to take me away from my main focus, which is tennis," Williams said. "I kind of back away from everything. (But) at this time, I can't afford to take a couple of weeks off. I need to work on my consistency.

"I'm only able to play so many tournaments in a row because I usually do well and get to the later rounds. For me the maximum is about two or three tournaments in a row."

The pursuit of No. 1 starts up again this week at the Pilot Pen. But she knows winning for a fourth straight year will be a challenge because of a field that includes Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Jelena Dokic and Justine Henin.

"It's always a good field here," Williams said. "I remember watching (Jana) Novotna (and Steffi Graf) in the final in 1998. Everyone wants to be here. It's a good place to get the last piece of confidence (before the U.S. Open)."
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Pilot Pen Tennis notebook

Pilot Pen Tennis notebook
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By Sean O'Rourke


Playing her idol
Iroda Tulyaganova will get the unique opportunity to play against and with two of her idols this week.

Tulyaganova beat Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 7-6 (5) 6-3 in a first-round match Sunday, and will play doubles for the first time with Martina Navratilova tonight on Stadium Court against Amelie Mauresmo and Patty Schynder.

Navratilova, of course, is a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players in history, while Sanchez-Vicario, a former No. 1 player, is considered a lock for the Hall of Fame.

"(Sanchez-Vicario) was one of my idols growing up, so it was fun to play against her," Tulyaganova said. "But it was a bit tough because now I'm practicing against her at her academy (in Barcelona, Spain) and she recommended my coach (Stefan Ortega) to me.

"I almost wanted to say sorry to her after the match."

Tulyaganova, ranked 41st in the world, wasted no time in telling Navratilova she would compete in the Pilot Pen doubles draw.

"When she asked me to play I was so happy I said yes I right away," Tulyaganova said. "It's a dream come true to play with her. She's a great player. There are a lot of things I can learn from her."

Tulyaganova also gets to play another great when she meets No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport in the second round, a match to be played either Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I really have nothing to lose against Lindsay," Tulyaganova said.

Another champ

Mauresmo enters the Pilot Pen riding a high after beating Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Rogers AT&T Cup in Montreal on Sunday. Players competing in the Pilot Pen now have won 28 of the 46 tournaments on the WTA Tour this year.

Mauresmo, the sixth seed in the Pilot Pen, has now won eight WTA singles titles in her career. Mauresmo will open singles play Tuesday against Tatiana Panova.

Dominant Venus

Venus Williams is the only player currently on tour to have won a tournament three consecutive years. She's accomplished the feat at the Pilot Pen and also at San Diego, which she won three weeks ago by defeating Jelena Dokic in the final.

This week, Williams will try to win for the fourth straight year in New Haven. Williams also enters the tournament with a 12-0 match record at the Pilot Pen.

"It's been nice," Williams said. "There are not many tournaments that I win three times in a row. This could be four."

So does Williams feel any pressure to win her fourth straight tournament at the Pilot Pen?

"I don't feel any pressure," Williams said. "I just want to win the tournament, but I don't feel the pressure, fortunately."

Happy qualifiers

Jennifer Hopkins knew she was going to have her work cut out for her against Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian in the final round of qualifying.

It took three sets, including a tiebreaker, but Hopkins held on and defeated Mikaelian 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the main draw.

Hopkins, who defeated wild-card player Bea Bielik in the first round and Erika De Lone Saturday, enters the main draw as the 69th-seeded player in the world. She is the highest ranked player of the six qualifiers. Hopkins will play 7th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova in the first round.

Also advancing out of the qualifying round Sunday were Elena Bovina, Laura Granville, Jelena Kostanic, Marta Marrero and Angelika Roesch.

Kostanic and Bovina both return to action today on the stadium court. Roesch and Granville will play on the grandstand.

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Face Of The Tournament: Venus

Face Of The Tournament: Venus
August 19, 2002
By ROBERTO GONZALEZ, Courant Staff Writer

NEW HAVEN -- Tournament director Anne Worcester called top-seeded Venus Williams "the icon of the Pilot Pen" Sunday, and with good reason. Williams is, after all, the three-time defending champion.

Williams, ranked No. 2 in the world behind her sister Serena, received a bye into the second round and will play Meghann Shaughnessy Tuesday or Wednesday.

Williams is coming off a two-week break after winning in San Diego, and said the Pilot Pen is instrumental in her preparation for the U.S. Open.

"I have had three great years here. It's been nice," said Williams, 22. "I've done so well here, and coming off a tournament win going into a Grand Slam is very wonderful. I come in - even if I'm not exactly playing the best tennis - with confidence and mentally I feel very good, as if I could do anything. So that helps a lot."

Williams is the two time defending U.S. Open champion.

Worcester said Williams is the only player who is a three-time defending champion of an event.

Williams doesn't play more than three tournaments in a row. She said she relaxed and spent some time away from the court. When she began preparing for the Pilot Pen, it was simply a matter of honing her game, she said.

"I just work on my consistency," Williams said. "Hitting the ball with power and precision, and also being consistent at the same time."

When Williams was asked if she missed rival Martina Hingis, who was away from the tour for three months after ankle surgery, she first just smiled.

"When I heard the news [that she was having surgery], I was shocked," Williams said. "But she always bounces back quickly. I wish I could do the same as her."

Williams said she and Serena, who beat her sister in the Wimbledon and French Open finals, never talk about their rankings with each other. But Venus says she wants to return to No. 1.

"It's very important for me to be No. 1," Williams said with a sly smile. "I don't want to be No. 2 the rest of my career."
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By DONNA TOMMELLEO
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August 20, 2002


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Top-seeded Venus Williams maintained her perfect record in the Pilot Pen with a 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over Meghann Shaughnessy on Tuesday night.

Williams, the three-time defending champion, has not lost a set in 14 matches here and advanced to play qualifier Laura Granville in the quarterfinals.

Williams, tuning up to defend her U.S. Open title next week, breezed through the first set in under 30 minutes, getting most of her powerful first serves in at over 100 mph and quickly tracking down any returns. She made short work of Shaughnessy's defensive lobs and won the battle at the net with her range.

``I played pretty efficiently tonight,'' Williams said. ``I have to come in in order to play my best tennis. I can reach and get to the balls, but the first step is just getting to the net.''

Shaughnessy won just one point off Williams' serves in the first set. Her returns were often easy set-ups for Williams' crushing winners.

``She came out very aggressive today and made a very high percentage of her first serves, which is difficult because I was on the defensive right from the very beginning on every point,'' Shaughnessy said.

Shaughnessy toughened in the second set with more aggressive net play. She broke Williams in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and had her down 40-0 in the next game. But Williams won five straight points to break Shaughnessy. Williams held serve to take a 5-4 lead then quickly broke Shaughnessy at love to close out the match after giving herself a pep talk.

``I said I'm not going to hit any balls into the net and that I'm not going to hit wide for no reason,'' Williams said.

Earlier Tuesday, second-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Iroda Tulyganova 6-4, 7-5 (3) to advance to the quarterfinals.

Davenport countered Tulyganova's powerful serve and forehands with precise winners. It was their first meeting, and Davenport admitted being unprepared for Tulyganova's strong service game. Tulyganova recorded eight aces and several service winners.

``I just had difficulties,'' Davenport said. ``Not many girls serve between 110 and 115 miles per hour. I haven't played somebody that served quite that hard except maybe Venus.

``Fortunately, I felt when we were rallying I was hitting the balls well.''

Granville advanced by beating Daja Bedanova 7-5, 6-2.

In first-round play, No. 6 Amelie Mauresmo beat Tatiana Panova, 6-2, 6-2; Daniela Hantuchova eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jennifer Hopkins; Anastasia Myskina ousted Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-4; and Patty Schnyder defeated Marta Marrero 6-4, 6-1.

The Pilot Pen is Davenport's fourth tournament back from knee surgery that sidelined her for most of the season. She combined her powerful ground strokes with dead-on accuracy, routinely running Tulyaganova from sideline to sideline.

``She was hitting winners from everywhere,'' Tulyaganova said. ``I was getting very nervous.''

But it was Davenport who lost concentration late in the match. Up a break in the second set, she struggled with her serve in the eighth game.

She had two double faults in a row and made a couple of unforced errors, allowing Tulyaganova to break her serve and tie the set at 4-all. Davenport regained her game in time and cruised through the tiebreak 7-3, but said she was again disappointed over the mental lapse.

``It's just been plaguing me for the last few weeks,'' Davenport said. ``I get up and then I play some sloppy points and sloppy games. It obviously makes it more of an interesting match.''

During her comeback, Davenport has advanced to two semifinals and a final. She lost the championship in Los Angeles to Chanda Rubin.

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