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Talking From The Acrua Classic Website: Venus IS PLAYING!! Will Play Tuesday

Sharapova and the Williams Sisters Headline Tuesday’s Acura Classic Schedule

It will be a FAN-tastic day of tennis on Tuesday at the Acura Classic as Venus and Serena Williams, as well as Maria Sharapova will all be in action on Stadium Court at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

Serena, the top seed, will be making her Acura Classic singles debut during the day session against Jelena Jankovic. In 1999, she reached the doubles final with Venus, but until now, she has never played singles in the Acura Classic.

Venus, a three-time Acura Classic champion, will also be playing during Tuesday’s day session. She will face Argentina’s rising star, Gisela Dulko.

Tuesday’s night session is sure to go down in Acura Classic history as Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova will make her first ever tournament appearance.

The 17-year-old Russian, who is seeded sixth, will play the winner of a first-round match between Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela and a qualifier.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Acura Classic, fans can call the Tournament Box Office at 760/ 438-5683.
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That doesn't mean anything.

To me, this just tells me she is even in more doubtful of playing. Likely, she asked them to delay her match as much as possible so her wrist can heal as much as it can.

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That doesn't mean anything.

To me, this just tells me she is even in more doubtful of playing. Likely, she asked them to delay her match as much as possible so her wrist can heal as much as it can.
If that were the case, then why didn't she ask to start at night?

The tournament director already said today that they would delay her match until Tuesday if necessary, which it was. If her wrist was still hurting so bad that she couldn't start on Tuesday, don't you think she would have withdrawn today? Keep in mind that she is getting her wrist re-evaluated in LA tomorrow (probably to confirm tha it is was a mild sprain that has healed). It takes about 2-3 hours by car to get to San Diego, which means that she couldn't play tomorrow if she wanted to.
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I agree with VF. Venus has no need to play this tournament. Why doesn't she just play in Montreal?
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come on Liz, you should know Venus better than that.
She's last minute with everything. Remember 2001 Indian Wells? This year in Berlin? Last year at Wimbledon? 2002 YEC? 2002 Rome? It happens all the time.

Venus always tries even though she knows she knows she has no business playing.
I wouldn't be suprised if she w/d Monday night or even Tuesday morning
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If that were the case, then why didn't she ask to start at night?.
Simple. No director will ever risk at putting a potential withdraw for a night session, which is being sold as one match ticket. In reality, I agree, if they don't put her at night session, it means that her withdrawal is likely.

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I agree with VF. Venus has no need to play this tournament. Why doesn't she just play in Montreal?
Because if she has a mild sprain that will be OK by Tuesday, why not try to play. If she plays next week and hurts herself, then she will really be in doubt for the Olympics. At least if she plays this week and has to retire from a match, then she can rest from this week until start of tennis at the Olympics, which starts August 16.
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I agree with VF. Venus has no need to play this tournament. Why doesn't she just play in Montreal?
I agree. This summer will hit hard everyone's body. The chances are that no player will be able to play well at both USO and Olympics. The less you play before Olympics, the better. In Venus's case, when she has a history of injurying herself nearly each time she overplays, withdrawal would be a wise move.

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Simple. No director will ever risk at putting a potential withdraw for a night session, which is being sold as one match ticket. In reality, I agree, if they don't put her at night session, it means that her withdrawal is likely.
That just happened this week at JPMorgan, so I don't see your point.
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come on Liz, you should know Venus better than that.
She's last minute with everything. Remember 2001 Indian Wells? This year in Berlin? Last year at Wimbledon? 2002 YEC? 2002 Rome? It happens all the time.

Venus always tries even though she knows she knows she has no business playing.
I wouldn't be suprised if she w/d Monday night or even Tuesday morning
Indan Wells 2001: Withdrew as a precaution because she had to play the next week (just like what happened this week and she had a worse injury). Played the next tournament (Miami) and won.

Berlin 2004: Had no choice but to withdraw because she wanted to play the French Open, which was three weeks away. She played and got to the QF.

Wimbledon 2003: Should not have played doubles because she made the injury much worse. In fact, the worst decision she made was to play the French Open.

YEC 2002: Bad example because it was the last tournament of the season. She played her next tournament TWO MONTHS LATER and got to the final.

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That just happened this week at JPMorgan, so I don't see your point.
ys has a point but I think maybe a wwrong interpretation. Venus should have played on Monday coz all first round is on Monday I believe. So ifVenus need to play Tuesday, tournament director can only do it if they put her on day session, coz otherwise Venus may have ot play back to back matches within 15 hours. I tjust does not make sense to play second round matches before first round match

It may also be what ys say that venus maybe doubtful, and putting her on night match will be a potential nightmare. They have Maria Sharapova to dispose and she is quite famous now, why not put her on night match and eliminate all the potential risk

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ys has a point but I think maybe a wwrong interpretation. Venus should have played on Monday coz all first round is on Monday I believe. So ifVenus need to play Tuesday, tournament director can only do it if they put her on day session, coz otherwise Venus may have ot play back to back matches within 15 hours. I tjust does not make sense to play second round matches before first round match

It may also be what ys say that venus maybe doubtful, and putting her on night match will be a potential nightmare. They have Maria Sharapova to dispose and she is quite famous now, why not put her on night match and eliminate all the potential risk
As I stated in a previous post. It would be impossible for her to have her wrist evaluated in LA on Monday, fly or drive to San Diego the same day and then play a night match. If she is cleared to play (which I believe she will be), then she can start on Tuesday.
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As I stated in a previous post. It would be impossible for her to have her wrist evaluated in LA on Monday, fly or drive to San Diego the same day and then play a night match. If she is cleared to play (which I believe she will be), then she can start on Tuesday.
I think she will play, but I am just saying we cannot eliminate all other probable possibilities at the moment.

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Simple. No director will ever risk at putting a potential withdraw for a night session, which is being sold as one match ticket. In reality, I agree, if they don't put her at night session, it means that her withdrawal is likely.
Excellent point about the night session, but I think she'll try to play.

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I think she will play, but I am just saying we cannot eliminate all other probable possibilities at the moment.

Any real tennis fans will want Venus to play for sure
That's for sure, but if the tournament had any doubt that she wouldn't be able to play, then they would have said that Venus is scheduled to play, but her prticipation isn't certain because of the injury she suffered in LA on Saturday. The reason I say this is because in this tournament, they don't need the Williams sisters to sell tickets; Maria and Lindsay are the headliners, not them.
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