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Past Champs

2002 Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2
2001 Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 6-4 6-3
2000 Lindsay Davenport (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 6-1 7-5
1999 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 6-2 6-3
1998 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6-3 6-3
1997 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-2 6-2
1996 Monica Seles (USA) def. Anke Huber (GER) 6-4 6-1
1995 Mary Pierce (FRA) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-3 6-2
1994 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-0 6-2
1993 Monica Seles (USA) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 4-6 6-3 6-2
1992 Monica Seles (USA) def. Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 6-2 6-3
1991 Monica Seles (USA) def. Jana Novotna (CZE) 5-7 6-3 6-1
1990 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 6-3 6-4
1989 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Helena Sukova (CZE) 6-4 6-4
1988 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-1 7-6
1987 Hana Mandlikova (AUS) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 7-5 7-6
1985 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-2 4-6 6-2
1984 Chris Evert (USA) def. Helena Sukova (CZE) 6-7 6-1 6-3
1983 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Kathy Jordan (USA) 6-2 7-6
1982 Chris Evert (USA) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-3
1981 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-7 6-4 7-5
1980 Hana Mandlikova (AUS) def. Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 6-0 7-5
1979 Barbara Jordan (USA) def. Sharon Walsh-Pete (USA) 6-3 6-3
1978 Chris O'Neil (AUS) def. Betsy Nagelsen (USA) 6-3 7-6
1977 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Helen Cawley (AUS) 6-3 6-0
1977 Kerry Reid (AUS) def. Dianne Balestrat (AUS) 7-5 6-2
1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Renata Tomanova-Roth (TCH) 6-2 6-2
1975 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 6-3 6-2
1974 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Chris Evert (USA) 7-6 4-6 6-0
1973 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 6-4 7-5
1972 Virginia Wade (GBR) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 6-4 6-4
1971 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 2-6 7-6 7-5
1970 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Kerry Reid (AUS) 6-3 6-1
1969 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Billie Jean King (USA) 6-4 6-1
1968 Billie Jean King (USA) def. Margaret Court (AUS) 6-1 6-2



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Tennis Listings for Jan. 12 - Jan. 19

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS MELBOURNE

ESPN
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Jan. 13 2003 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Jan. 14 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 15 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 16 2003 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 17 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 19 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


ESPN2
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Jan. 12 2003 11:00 pm to 1:00 am
Jan. 13 2003 9:30 pm to 12:00 am
Jan. 14 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 15 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 16 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 17 2003 11:30 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 18 2003 3:30 am to 5:30 am
Jan. 18 2003 10:00 pm to 12:30 am
Jan. 19 2003 10:00 pm to 12:30 am


ESPN Classic
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Classis matches replayed

Jan. 12
2001 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
JENNIFER CAPRIATI VS. LINDSAY DAVENPORT
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Jan. 12
1997 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, MEN'S QUARTERFINAL
PETE SAMPRAS VS. ALBERT COSTA
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Jan. 12
2002 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, WOMEN'S FINAL
JENNIFER CAPRIATI VS. MARTINA HINGIS
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Jan. 12
2000 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Jan. 13
2000 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
2:00 am to 4:00 am

Jan. 13
1996 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
BORIS BECKER VS. MICHAEL CHANG
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jan. 14
1993 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
MONICA SELES VS. STEFFI GRAF
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jan. 15
1995 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Jan. 16
1989 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
IVAN LENDL VS. MILOSLAV MECIR
7:00 am to 9:00 am

Jan. 17
1991 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
MONICA SELES VS. JANA NOVOTNA
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
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MAIN DRAW

Serena Williams USA (1) vs. Emilie Loit FRA
Els Callens BEL vs. Martina Sucha SVK
Alina Jidkova RUS vs. Laura Granville USA
Maureen Drake CAN vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn THA (26)
Eleni Daniilidou GRE (18) vs. Marissa Irvin USA
Conchita Martinez Granados ESP vs. Amy Frazier USA
Daja Bedanova CZE vs. Iveta Benesova CZE
Sarah Taylor USA vs. Nathalie Dechy FRA (16)

Magdalena Maleeva BUL (11) vs. Marion Bartoli FRA
Eva Dyrberg DEN vs. Yoon Jeong Cho KOR
Aniko Kapros HUN vs. Rita Grande ITA
Vera Zvonareva RUS vs. Elena Bovina RUS (20)
Meghann Shaughnessy USA (25) vs. Qualifier
Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG vs. Ludmila Cervanova SVK
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK vs. Monica Seles USA (6)

Kim Clijsters BEL (4) vs. Samantha Reeves USA
Petra Mandula HUN vs. Silvija Talaja CRO
Tatiana Poutchek BLR vs. Tina Pisnik SLO
Cristina Torrens Valero ESP vs. Iva Majoli CRO (29)
Amanda Coetzer RSA (19) vs. Barbara Schett AUT
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios PAR vs. Qualifier
Maja Matevzic SLO vs. Casey Dellacqua AUS
Meilen Tu USA vs. Anna Pistolesi ISR (14)

Chanda Rubin USA (10) vs. Qualifier
Patricia Wartusch AUT vs. Mary Pierce FRA
Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA vs. Martina Muller GER
Qualifier vs. Elena Dementieva RUS (17)
Clarisa Fernandez ARG (28) vs. Adriana Szili AUS
Asa Svensson SWE vs. Magui Serna ESP
Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI
Qualifier vs. Anastasia Myskina RUS (8)

Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL (5) vs. Myriam Casanova SUI
Henrieta Nagyova SVK vs. Anna Kournikova RUS
Jill Craybas USA vs. Virginie Razzano FRA
Dinara Safina RUS vs. Katarina Srebotnik SLO (32)
Tatiana Panova RUS (24) vs. Angelika Roesch GER
Akiko Morigami JPN vs. Qualifier
Iroda Tulyaganova UZB vs. Alicia Molik AUS
Camille Pin FRA vs. Lindsay Davenport USA (9)

Alexandra Stevenson USA (15) vs. Elena Baltacha GBR
Cara Black ZIM vs. Denisa Chladkova CZE
Barbara Rittner GER vs. Evie Dominikovic AUS
Libuse Prusova CZE vs. Anne Kremer LUX (22)
Janette Husarova SVK (30) vs. Qualifier
Shinobu Asagoe JPN vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
Stephanie Foretz FRA vs. Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS
Marlene Weingartner GER vs. Jennifer Capriati USA (3)

Daniela Hantuchova SVK (7) vs. Fabiola Zuluaga COL
Elena Likhovtseva RUS vs. Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA
Qualifier vs. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Conchita Martinez ESP (31)
Ai Sugiyama JPN (21) vs. Angelique Widjaja INA
Greta Arn GER vs. Nadia Petrova RUS
Marta Marrero ESP vs. Jelena Kostanic CRO
Wynne Prakusya INA vs. Patty Schnyder SUI (12)

Silvia Farina Elia ITA (13) vs. Flavia Pennetta ITA
Mashona Washington USA vs. Nicole Pratt AUS
Rachel McQuillan AUS vs. Tathiana Garbin ITA
Dally Randriantefy MAD vs. Paola Suarez ARG (23)
Lisa Raymond USA (27) vs. Qualifier
Anca Barna GER vs. Francesca Schiavone ITA
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP vs. Qualifier
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS vs. Venus Williams USA (2)
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Schedule for Monday

Schedule for Monday is out (Bottom half playing first)
Rod Laver Arena

11:00 AM
Start 1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs. Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)[11]
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[2]
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Brian Vahaly (USA) vs. Andre Agassi (USA)[2]


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Cool SAME BIRTHDAY!!!

I have the same b-day as yours!!! Venus. this is the time to win AO's title! Go for it, Gemini!
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It's an open or shut case
By Jeff Wells
January 13, 2003

THE big issue, for the credibility of the Australian Open, is whether the men's draw will crumble like stale bread.

Those arguing for the status quo, and against a push to March, will be desperately hoping that it doesn't throw up another Thomas Johansson or Arnaud Clement.

Last year's winner Johansson, the little Swede who beat Marat Safin, the Russian with the blown head gasket, was considered by many critics to have been the only man to have won a grand slam in a state of rigor mortis.

The year before Frenchman Arnaud Clement, who fell to Andre Agassi, seemed to put more work into his speech than his game. In 1998 druggie Petr Korda beating comatose Marcelo Rios was hardly riveting. Thomas Enqvist (1999) and Carlos Moya (1997) both made the final unseeded and froze.

You have to go back to Agassi beating Pete Sampras in 1995 for something memorable. The too-early theory holds a lot of water - especially as the season grows longer and tougher. It will be interesting to see how well the eight top men from the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in mid-November have come up.

Already Lleyton Hewitt has looked ragged, Safin is claiming an injury, and Moya, Juan Carlos Fererro and Roger Federer (who may have a groin strain) have weakened in Sydney. And clay-courter Albert Costa has a poor record here.

That leaves Agassi, who has just won an exhibition in Melbourne, and last year's semi-finalist Jiri Novak, who played well in the Hopman Cup and seems to roll along at the same dogged pace, looking the freshest.

Of course Hewitt, the world's best, can't be written off on Hopman Cup form, even if his first serve keeps betraying him. Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald would love to see it improve but believes Hewitt can keep on winning if the others don't attack it and follow in. And there are not many these days who want to leave the baseline.

In his quarter of the draw Hewitt should be able to account for claycourters Gustavo Kuerten and Alex Corretja and American wonder boy Andy Roddick has gone off the boil, but there are dangerous floaters like Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny, Moroccan fireball Hicham Arazi and big-serving Belarussian Max Mirnyi. And the hard man Novak lurks as the probable quarter- final opponent.

Safin and Federer, both risks, head the next quarter. Exciting American James Blake could push through if they crack. Ferrero and Moya lead the next quarter, but how fresh are they? Thai revelation Paradorn Srichaphan is the big danger.

At the bottom of the draw Agassi looks to have a clean run through to the quarters but Sebastien Grosjean, Nicolas Escude or Guillermo Canas only need to run hot to crack the 32-year-old's aura.

In most slams you bet like the Melbourne Cup - forget the lead-ups and back the best stayers. Hewitt-Agassi is the logical, best and most credible final. But you could just as easily get Novak-Canas, mass narcolepsy, and a move to push the tournament to September, where it would be finally killed off by the AFL grand final.

Meanwhile the women are so shallow, and produce so much off-court nonsense, that they take care of themselves. Expect between 40 and 50 of last year's field to be missing through injury, retirement sheer terror of Slammer and Vesuvius Williams, or, in the case of Jelena Dokic, ludicrous pigheadedness.

The Serena Slam is odds-on with the bookies. Dear old Monica Seles looks to be her punching bag in the quarters, but in the semis she could get a run for her money from Kim Clijsters, who dented her major ego in the season-ending championships in Los Angeles last year and is moving well and pounding the ball.

Sister Venus, in the bottom half, hasn't bothered to warm-up and even if she does make the final she seems mindblown after three straight grand slam final losses. The Open would tremble at the prospect of "team orders" to give Venus a turn, but Serena seems to want her bogus "slam" - not a true calendar year number - too much.

And Venus also has to contend with defending champion Jennifer Capriati. I have declined her offer to break my fist on her six pack - just to prove that a little pudding doesn't signify a lack of fitness. But I do hope she improves game by game like last year and offers Venus a sucker punch. Big Lindsay Davenport was beaten by Clijsters in the adidas International final but the 2000 winner should also improve her power game gradually and be a force again if she can get her feet moving. But it is a big "if".

Unfortunately the wonderfully talented little Justine Henin-Hardenne just doesn't seem to have the grunt muscles to go all the way on this surface. But we can only pray for someone to upset the prospect one of these stultifying Williams-Williams finals, which are killing the game.


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Why does he even bother covering tennis since it's so bloody boring and predictable to him?? I guess there's more money in stirring up controversy instead of reporting the facts and giving intelligent albeit biased opinions of the outcomes. Thanks for posting the article anyway, okasu. I have to admit, I did smile a little bit at his reference to Serena and Venus as Slammer and Vesuvius.

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Posted on Mon, Jan. 13, 2003

Venus returns, wins 6-4, 6-2
Miami player Brasington already out
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MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams shook off the rust of two months without a tournament and passed her first hurdle Monday toward a fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against sister Serena.

After falling behind 0-3, Venus advanced to the Australian Open's second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over 45th-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova.

A stronger serve carried Venus through a match in which she and the 17-year-old Russian were nearly even in errors.

In her last tournament before the Australian Open, Venus, who has four major titles to her credit, limped off with a lower leg strain while trailing Kim Clijsters 5-0 in the semifinals of the WTA Tour Championships in early November.

Serena, who lost to Clijsters in the November final, warmed up for the Open by playing in the Hopman Cup two weeks ago.

She starts action Tuesday against France's Emilie Loit.

Venus' match was the second on the center court, following a victory by Paradorn Srichaphan, a Thai player who improved his ranking by 110 places in 2002.

The 11th-seeded Paradorn beat Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0.

''It's really special for me to play the first match [today], to open a Grand Slam, and I appreciate it,'' said Paradorn, who last year won two titles and scored victories over Andre Agassi -- at Wimbledon -- Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.

Paradorn bowed Thai-style, with folded hands, to the crowd in Rod Laver Arena after forcing repeated errors by Melzer in the final set and watching a forehand volley by the Austrian sail long on the second match point.

Paradorn's best result at past Australian Opens was reaching the second round in 2000. Against Melzer, he placed his serves effectively, kept the Austrian off balance with a crisp backhand and generally controlled play from the baseline.

Anna Kournikova, unseeded after a year in which she lost in the first round at all four Grand Slams, defeated Slovakia's Henrieta Nagyova 6-1, 6-2.

French Open champion Albert Costa needed more than three hours for a 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over German veteran David Prinosil, who had to qualify for this tournament.

Costa, seeded eighth, reached the Top 10 for the first time last year despite skipping Wimbledon to concentrate on his new marriage. He wed longtime girlfriend Cristina Ventura five days after winning at Roland Garros.

No. 12 Sebastien Grosjean, a semifinalist here in 2001, beat Fernando Meligeni 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

Wayne Ferreira, playing in his 50th Grand Slam tournament, ousted Tommy Robredo 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. And No. 16 Sjeng Schalken also had a straight-sets victory over Miami's Jack Brasington.

In other results, No. 5 Justine Henin-Hardenne, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, defeated 17-year-old Swiss player Myriam Casanova 6-3, 6-4.

No. 7 Daniela Hantuchova defeated Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga 7-5, 6-7 (7-3), 6-4.

Like Serena Williams, Agassi has improved from last year just by starting the Australian Open.

He hurt his right wrist while losing the 2002 Kooyong Classic exhibition final against Pete Sampras two days before the Open's start, losing a chance to win the tournament three years in a row.

Nevertheless, he went right back to Kooyong this year.

He won the Australian Open after winning at Kooyong in 2000 and 2001, and he won at Kooyong again Saturday, beating Grosjean 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

He faced fellow American Brian Vahaly on center court later today to open his campaign for a fourth Australian title.
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Match Stats

Kuznetsova(RUS) Williams(USA)

1st Serve % 27 of 57 = 47 % 26 of 49 = 53 %

Aces 0 3

Double Faults 3 4

Unforced Errors 27 23

Winning % on 1st Serve 18 of 27 = 67 % 22 of 26 = 85 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 11 of 30 = 37 % 11 of 23 = 48 %

Winners (Including Service) 7 14

Break Point Conversions 2 of 2 = 100 % 5 of 9 = 56 %

Net Approaches 2 of 2 = 100 % 8 of 12 = 67 %

Total Points Won 45 61

Fastest Serve 173 km/h 193 km/h

Average 1st Serve Speed 158 km/h 174 km/h

Average 2nd Serve Speed 124 km/h 133 km/h
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V. WILLIAMS/S. Kuznetsova
6-4, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.

Q. Where have you been? What have you been doing?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I've been home, hanging out, going to practice, living life. Now I'm here.

Q. Are you as sharp as you want to be starting off here?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I'm doing well. I just think that I'm just a little rusty going out there. At times I shined through, at times I was my old self. At other times, I just had some errors coming in.
I didn't expect to be 100 percent in this match, but in the next one I expect to be at least 150.

Q. Are you playing well enough to stop a "Serena Slam"?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't exactly say that's my goal. My goal is to be my best. I guess if Serena wins a Slam, then I'll be there congratulating her.

Q. Have you been practicing with Serena?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, sometimes, especially here.
It's warm in here, or is it just me?

Q. Who else would you practice with?
VENUS WILLIAMS: All different boys, that kind of thing. We practice in different ways at home. She likes to do certain things, and I do other things. She likes to hit at different spots more, I like to hit at other spots.

Q. Were you worried about when she had a point for 4-love?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Did she? Oh, that's not good (laughter).
I was just -- I was really just rushing out there. I wasn't able to slow time down in my mind. I was just so ahead of myself. I really just want to work on when I go out there being calm. If I can do that, I'll play much, much, much better.
Just making the errors, and I realize, "Venus, if I slow down, I'll be okay." It happened, in a good way.

Q. There's been a lot of talk about conditions, heat, etc. how did you find it out there today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Nice. I like the heat actually.

Q. It didn't feel too hot out there today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I feel as long as I have a hat, I'm fine. Without a hat, it can be pretty brutal. But it was nice out there.

Q. Did you have a hat?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.

Q. Was it a visor?
VENUS WILLIAMS: A visor.

Q. But your peak was still bare to the sun. Not as bare as mine...
VENUS WILLIAMS: That's true. But the visor is more fashionable and cute (smiling).

Q. On the question of fashion, can you explain to a dumb male why the one earring.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I just feel it's what I wanted to do. I like the long one and the stud and that kind of thing. It's just something I decided on. A lot of things, I'll see things in my mind and then I do it.
Visionary, how about that (smiling)?

Q. How is your new company going?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Really good. Really good. It's been, you know, it's been a new company basically. That's the best way to explain it. But it's been a lot of fun. It's been really good. You know, when I get back home, hopefully there will be more assignments.

Q. Do you actually go into people's homes and say, "This works, this doesn't work. We need to do this and that"?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm. I'm not exactly -- I'm best at tennis, how about that? But I'm also very good at decorating and design.

Q. Do they ask you for your autograph at the end?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No one has. Most people, you know, if they do call my office, if they're confident enough to call, they have to give myself and my company enough trust that I can do their home, that I can be able to make their dreams come true in their home. So there's a certain amount of trust there already, so they're not really after the autograph.
Sure, they're, you know, hopefully excited about my play and my accomplishments in tennis. But other than that, I'm also serious about the design.

Q. Who's the woman who's running it for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, Bonnie Nathan (phonetic spelling). She's doing things while I'm gone. Hopefully, we have to get someone else, but it's 's hard to find the right person. The search is on.

Q. Have you done some homes?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I have a model home in Florida and I'm in a charity home, Red Cross charity as a show house. So I'm doing room there - or V Starr.
Then, of course, there's some clients also, but those are the kind of commercial things I'm doing now.

Q. What would you do with this room? It's very gray in here.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, the lights are straight on me. I can't see anything. I like it, it's nice.

Q. You'd change the lighting, to start with?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I guess it blinds the players, kind of like the hot seat, "Tell the truth, only the truth."
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Venus in cruise control

January 13, 2003

HEAT? What heat? It certainly didn't bother Venus Williams as she raced into the second round.

Before the start of today's AUstralian Open there had been forecasts of matches being halted with the new extreme heat policy, where play can stop if the temperature reaches 35 Celsius.

While it hovered in the mid-30s today, Williams shrugged off the humidity to romp past her first round opponent, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

It was a slow start for the second-seeded American, who dropped her first two service games.

Williams was untroubled though, drawing level with ease to complete a 6-4 6-2 victory.

She may have lacked match practice and said she was slowly coming into form but the conditions she has just encountered hardly were a concern.

"I thought the weather was nice, actually," Williams said.

"I like the heat actually. As long as I have a hat I'm fine - if I don't have a hat it can be pretty brutal."

She actually used a visor rather than a hat today because they are "more fashionable and cute".

Williams said her most important area to work on after today's hit-out was her timing.

"I think I'm doing well, just a little rusty.

"True to my old self some errors were coming in but I didn't expect to be 100 per cent now. The next match I'll be 150 per cent," she warned.

"I was really just rushing, I wasn't able to slow my timing down, I was getting ahead of myself. If I can calm down I'll be much better."

There had been much talk of her younger sister Serena chasing a "Serena Slam" this fortnight after winning the last three majors in succession, but Venus said her own ambitions were simply self-improvement.

"It's not my goal (to stop Serena). My goal is to be my best but if she wins a Serena Slam I'll be congratulating her," she said.

Lindsay Davenport celebrated her return to the Australian Open after pulling out last year with a knee injury by beating Frenchwoman Camille Pin 6-2 6-1 then dismissed suggestions the title was a raffle between the Williams sisters.

"I don't think so. We've played the game long enough to know you have to play the whole two weeks and see who comes out on top," Davenport said.

"Certainly I would put (Serena) as the favourite but a lot of stuff can happen over two weeks in tennis."

Davenport said her game centred around her serve and that needed work but overall she felt she was in for a return to her peak form this year.

The No.9 seed said she was now feeling more comfortable in tight situations.

"A lot of the time when you're playing well it's just automatic, there is no indecision - hopefully soon it will click in here."

Joining Williams and Davenport in the second round were Slovakian seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova - who beat Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga 7-5 6-7 6-4 - and Anna Kournikova.

The Russian's world ranking may have slid to 42 but Kournikova still managed to dispose of Slovakian Henrieta Nagyova 6-1 6-2 today.

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