Mauresmo ousted, Venus advances at Warsaw tennis
April 30, 2004
WARSAW, Poland (Ticker) - Venus Williams
moved closer to a second straight final at the J&S Cup, but Amelie Mauresmo
will not be there to defend her title.
Williams crushed Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva
, 6-1, 6-0, in a quarterfinal match Friday at this $585,000 event to extend her winning streak to nine matches.
Last year, the second-seeded American was forced to retire from the final against Mauresmo in the third set with an abdominal injury that plagued her the rest of the season.
Williams claimed her first title in more than a year two weeks ago at the Bausch & Lomb Championships and won a pair of Fed Cup singles matches last weekend.
"These days I am working on building my game, my intensity and my focus," she said. "It's all about being professional in my profession, that's what I want to be."
The top seed from France, Mauresmo lost to No. 9 Francesca Schiavone
of Italy, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. She was a handful of points from victory, but fell apart after losing the second-set tiebreaker, dropping the last 11 points.
Schiavone lost only five points in the third set en route to her second semifinal of the season. She takes on fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova
of Russia on Saturday.
"It was an intense match for me and I was very nervous at the start," Schiavone said. "There is a lot of emotion that goes into each match, especially when you play against the top players. I have to learn to play against these top players and just see them as normal players."
Kuznetsova dispatched sixth seed Silvia Farina Elia
of Italy, 6-1, 6-4, in 77 minutes. She easily won the first four games of the first set, but the second set was more of a challenge.
With the set tied at 4-4, Farina Elia double-faulted to give the break to Kuznetsova, who needed four match points to close out the victory. She is 2-0 in semifinals this year, reaching the finals at Dubai and Doha.
"I had a lot of fun on the court today," said Kuznetsova, who is 20-7 this season. "I am enjoying myself on the court these days."
advanced to a meeting with Williams after the third-seeded Russian defeated No. 8 Anna Smashnova
-Pistolesi of Israel, 6-3, 7-5. Zonvareva lost to Williams in the quarterfinals at Charleston two weeks ago.