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ARTICLE:Venus Reaches Warsaw Semi's

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Venus reaches
Warsaw semifinals
Top-seeded Mauresmo
is stunned by Schiavone

World No. 13 Venus Williams looked in good form on Friday, demolishing Bulgaria’s Magdalena Maleeva 6-1, 6-0.

Updated: 4:17 p.m. ET April 30, 2004

French world number three and top-seed Amelie Mauresmo was ousted in the quarter-finals of the $585,000 Warsaw Cup on Friday, losing to fast-improving Francesca Schiavone 3-6 7-6 6-1.

The young Italian now faces Russian world number 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first semi-final on Saturday.

The other semi pitches second-seed Venus Williams against another Russian -- third-seeded world number 11 Vera Zvonareva -- after both won in straight sets later on Friday.

Holder Mauresmo lost a tie-break (7-2) for the second set, before succumbing to an impressive display of serving from Schiavone.

Schiavone told a news conference: “Today taught me that every top player is just a player. For me every ball was a match ball. Mauresmo is on a good level, but today I was the best.”

Mauresmo said: “I felt sure I would win after the first set but by the third set it was her dictating the conditions.

“I know that I have to train harder to get back to my best. In the end one lost game is not a big deal.”

U.S. world number 13, Williams withdrew injured from last year’s final against Mauresmo but looked in good form on Friday, demolishing Bulgaria’s Magdalena Maleeva 6-1 6-0.

Zvonareva won her quarter-final against Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6-3 7-5. Zvonareva’s Russian compatriot Kuznetsova beat Italy’s Silvia Farina Elia 6-1 6-4.



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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."

Vera Zvonareva 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.


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