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SERENA Named WTA Player of the Week!

WTATour.com Player of the Week - Serena Williams

MIAMI - There have been few instances over the years in tennis where a player has overcame a lengthy layoff to win a title in their first outing back in action. In recent years, only Monica Seles was able to accomplish the feat - returning from a 28-month hiatus following the 1993 stabbing incident to win the 1995 Canadian Open.


Now Serena Williams can be added to the list after making her eight months away from the game appear to be more like only eight days with her win at the NASDAQ-100 Open. Williams' remarkable comeback to the game makes her this week's WTATour.com Player of the Week.

Williams completed her return to the game with a 61 61 victory against No.5 seed Elena Dementieva, needing only 50 minutes to capture her first title since last July's Wimbledon title. Williams was forced out of the game last August when she underwent knee surgery, prematurely ending her 2003 season and consequently forcing the 22-year-old to give up her place as the World No.1.

But Williams' performance in Miami showed she's ready to recapture the top spot in women's tennis, as she only dropped one set during her two week stay at Crandon Park Tennis Center. After a 42-minute dismantling of qualifier Marta Marrero, Williams faced her toughest match of the fortnight, defeating No.31 seed Elena Likhovtseva in three sets. Williams then compiled straight sets wins against Maria Sharapova, Jill Craybas and Eleni Daniilidou to setup the clash in the final with Dementieva.

"I have a much better idea as to where I am today," Williams said of her performance in Miami. "Two weeks ago I was really nervous to come out here and play for the first time in eight months. I'm just thinking, 'Gosh, I'm really nervous. I want to get out.' But at the same time I was really, really anxious to come back and get out here."

By winning her third straight title at the Tier I event, Williams became only the second woman ever to win three consecutive Miami crowns in the 20-year history of the event, joining Steffi Graf who captured three straight from 1994-96.

Williams will now continue her return to the game, moving from the hard courts in Miami to the green clay at Amelia Island and Charleston before heading to Europe in preparation for Roland Garros. Though she has her first tournament back out of the way, Williams is approaching each match one at a time.

"When I won my first match, I had another match," Williams said. "That's how I just looked at it the whole time, just go from match to match and hopefully I just never looked to see who I was going to play in the next round. I just wanted to go out there, and I just wanted to compete. Whether I won or lost, I just wanted to make sure I did what I was supposed to do."
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NOOOO!

J u s t i n e x p l i c a b l e


Justine: feb. 5, 2007:

"I hung on to tennis. I have done so for the past 20 years. It is something that is in me, it is me."
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Now that's a shock !
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Coming next - player of the minute..........
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This is a farce. Serena hasn't even played a real tournament yet. How could they name her player of the week? pffff@WTATour.
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Isn't it odd how non-Williams fans are usually the first to post replys in their fan threads?

Anyway, another congrats to the Princess of Power.

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Hey she won 2 weeks tournement she should be named

"PLAYER OF THE 2 WEEKS"



But anyway congratulations you deserve it!!!
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This is a farce. Serena hasn't even played a real tournament yet. How could they name her player of the week? pffff@WTATour.
No I believe the phrase is she has yet to play "a real event"....
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This is a farce. Serena hasn't even played a real tournament yet. How could they name her player of the week? pffff@WTATour.
A real tournament?
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A real tournament?
Its a play on an article in the women look forward thread.. The author of the article said that now that Serena is playing in Amelia Island, "Welcome to a real event"..
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congrats Serena.
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Isn't it odd how non-Williams fans are usually the first to post replys in their fan threads?

Anyway, another congrats to the Princess of Power.
Nah Tee, this is wtaworld we should expect nothing less.

Congrats Serena!!

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She obviously was player of the week cos she won last week's tournament pretty convincingly. The point is that player of the week isn't a sensible competition when only a few players are playing in any week. Its like being marathon runner of the week when the only marathon was in Dry Gulch Arizona. Player of the month makes more sense as in a month most of the fit players would play. It can be pretty subjective over a month, but if serena makes player of the month for April that might be significant and worth the WTA reporting.
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LOL@ Canadianboy! Keep up the good post.
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um, tee dude chill out....I wasn't saying Miami wasn't a real event...:retard: Just that the article said miami wasn't a real event and that's what eta psi was being sarcastic about. Maybe you should investigate a little more before dispensing neg reps....
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