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We'll bounce back at Wimbledon vow the Williams sisters

We'll bounce back at Wimbledon, vow Williams sisters
June 1, 2004 PARIS (AFP) - Serena and Venus Williams were knocked out of the French Open quarter-finals in the space of half an hour but both girls warned their rivals they will back firing on all cylinders at Wimbledon .

Second seed Serena, the 2002 champion here, went down 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to compatriot, and 2001 winner, Jennifer Capriati on the Philippe Chatrier Centre Court.

Thirty minutes later, fourth seed Venus was also heading for the airport after falling in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to Russian sixth seed Anastasia Myskina over on the Suzanne Lenglen Court.


"We are both very competitive more than anything and we will not accept performing below a level of what we expect from ourselves," said Venus, who won the last of her four Grand Slam titles at the US Open in 2001.

Both sisters have been dogged by injury problems and were far from being in peak condition coming into Roland Garros and Tuesday's damp, overcast and heavy conditions in Paris did nothing to improve their moods.

Serena had played in just four tournaments this year having been sidelined for eight months with a knee injury, while Venus's participation had been in doubt after she was forced to default from the German Open final last month because of an ankle injury.

Despite a fightback in the second set, six-time Grand Slam winner Serena gave an error-strewn performance committing 45 unforced errors and lost her serve five times against Capriati who had broken a three-year losing streak at the hands of Serena in Rome last month.

Venus's performance was on a par, against an opponent whom she had beaten in their previous two meetings, losing her serve four times and committing 42 errors.

"I would have liked better preparation," said Venus who has won two clay court tournaments in Charleston and Warsaw this spring to build up a 19-match winning clay streak in the run-up to Roland Garros.

"I wasn't really in a rhythm today. Normally, I don't think she would beat me because she can't hurt me. Next time I will be ready.

"The opposition are getting stronger. They have lifted their level but if I am healthy I will be playing well."


Serena too was keen to stress that the sisters are not losing interest in a sport they dominated up to two seasons ago.

"I was an amateur today," said Serena who hit back at suggestions that she is more interested in building an acting career than reconstructing her tennis game.

"If that was the case I would be on the set of a movie right now and not at Roland Garros. I have all kinds of opportunities to be doing different things, films and stuff like that, but I am here."



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Strong words from the sisters. Go Williams!!






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Hmmm......we´ll see. They have history on their sides...that´s for sure.

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They own the place, but after this RG I am making no more predictions


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thats the way to be girls, you'll be back at wimbledon, and i'll be ready for your return to the winners circle
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They own the place, but after this RG I am making no more predictions
i heard that. don't expect me to be predicting you to win ur first rounders girls
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If they don't get Wimbly, williams fans can always look back to what Jelena Dokic said this year, and apologize

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They and their supporters really shouldn't be too surprised at today's results, given their long enforced lay off, and the stop-start season they've both experienced since their returns. And clay was always arguably their least good surface. I too fully expect them to be at Wimbledon as the players to beat. Hopefully they'll build up some momentum there, and I certainly wouldn't expect the likes of Myskina or Dementieva to remotely trouble either Venus or Serena on grass.
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I hope they do bounce back - it's about time they reminded the rest of the tour how good they can be .
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I'm totally shocked at Venus losing. I am a little less shocked over Serena, but still shocked nonetheless. Venus looked really rundown today. I can't remember when I've last seen her like this for 2 straight losing sets.
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"I wasn't really in a rhythm today. Normally, I don't think she would beat me because she can't hurt me. Next time I will be ready."

Whoa, and I thought Serena was the ungracious one. This is classic!


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The losses today were good because they escaped Paris without getting injured again, and IMO the more injury free tennis they are able to play the quicker they will be able to get back into top form
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The losses today were good because they escaped Paris without getting injured again, and IMO the more injury free tennis they are able to play the quicker they will be able to get back into top form
you know..something you say really make me
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Sometimes you learn more from your losses than from your wins. anybody who saw Serena´s face and still thinks that the girl has lost the competitive fire... These losses hurt them very much. It was kinda of double blow. But I expect them to bounce back. They are too good to not bounce back.

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I'm totally shocked at Venus losing. I am a little less shocked over Serena, but still shocked nonetheless. Venus looked really rundown today. I can't remember when I've last seen her like this for 2 straight losing sets.
I think it is literally as far back as that Martina Hingis match at the Aussie Open a few years ago? The loss to Sveta this year, I just thought Sveta played well.

People were tipping Venus to win here, she was the form player but it didn't happen and from this article she is clearly now looking to Wimbledon. I think Wimbledon is her favourite Slam. I don't know about Serena, but I always get the impression Wimbledon is somewhere Venus likes and she is real comfortable on the grass, even more than Serena possibly.


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