Originally Posted by Infiniti2001
Oh well, time to move on. Let's not dwell on this. Vee will bounce back
Myskina says the same thing, but says it will be harder for both her and Serena
Updated: 12:57 PM EDT
Tennis-Open-Myskina overcomes nerves and Venus in Paris
By Ossian Shine, Reuters
PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - Anastasia Myskina overcame crippling nerves and former world number one Venus Williams to reach her first grand slam semi-final on Tuesday at the French Open.
Now she has her sights set on the title -- and the top ranking.
"My dream had been to win the first round here," laughed the player who had won just one match in four previous visits to Roland Garros.
"But I feel pretty good right now," the Russian said after the 6-3 6-4 win.
"I have never beaten Venus before, and I think it was a good match. I really fought, and I really, really wanted to win today. I was so nervous.
"I'm really, really happy. But, you know, it's not the end of the tournament so I have to keep going. I know the next match is gonna be really tough because Jennifer (Capriati) is a great player and I know how much she wants to win right now.
"She beat Serena (Williams). That shows as well that she's really good. I just have to keep calm."
The player named after a Tsarina is best known for her on-court tantrums and the vocal mid-match rows she has with coach and former boyfriend Jens Gerlach.
But soon she hopes she will become a household name for her tennis rather than her temper.
"I work on everything right now, because if you want to improve... I don't just want to be number five and that's it, I want to move forward, I want to show that I can be better than that."
Myskina warned against anybody writing off the Williams sisters though after they were defeated on Tuesday.
"They just came back. They lost a lot of months. You know, the players kept practising.
"I mean, now of course everybody believes at least that they can fight with them, you know. It's something that we can -- I mean, we can do it right now.
"But they're gonna be back... they were the best; they can be the best again.
"It's gonna be little bit harder for them because I think right now more players start to believe that they can beat them."
06/01/04 12:56 ET
Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited
Re the last person to say that was Lisa Raymond and the since she beat Venus at the AO, she hasn't done a damn thing, so if I were Myskina, I'd be careful of what you wish for.