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Venus: This is really what I need

HONG KONG (AFP) - Venus Williams battled back from one set down as she wore down big-serving Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to reach the final of the Watsons Water Champions Challenge.

For a second successive night, Williams was forced to pull out all the stops having been stretched to three sets against Russias Vera Zvonareva on Thursday in another Green Group match.

But she was made to work even harder as she survived a nail-biting encounter to earn the right to meet another Russian, Elena Dementieva, for the title.

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Williams was down 4-1 in the third set as Kuznetsova dominated her opponent with a powerful baseline game, but the 24-year-old American fought back, playing ferocious tennis to force the match into a tiebreaker.

Williams won the tiebreaker after the Russian played a return long for the American to start the celebrations, jumping into the air and blowing kisses to the crowd.

The high quality match lasted two hours and 15 minutes and Williams said she was blessed to have played a tough opponent as she prepares for this month's Australian Open .

"This is really what I need," said Williams moments after her energy-sapping encounter. "Playing against all the top players, I need these challenges. I need coming back from behind, she said.

Asked about her final match against world number six Dementieva, Williams said: "She's a great player. I just feel like I played so well so far and at the right moment and I hope to continue that. Each time I am playing better."

Williams, who won last year's Hong Kong title in her first tournament appearance in six months because of an injury lay-off, then turned and thanked the crowd for their support, saying: "Oh my gosh, you guys are right behind me, thank you. I have to thank my physio for making me workout because now I am shape.
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Great article!

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Wow, thats impressive. And yes thats the sort of win she does need.

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a win over dementieva and venus could slowly be coming back
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Vee's tennis still not her best but her spirit of Fight!!!! is coming back
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I have to thank my physio for making me workout because now I am shape.
Wow, was Vee that out of shape? Maybe that's why her play last year was so bad, because she didn't have the conditioning. I guess it takes a while after an injury on that level to come back on top physical condition.
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Wow, was Vee that out of shape? Maybe that's why her play last year was so bad, because she didn't have the conditioning. I guess it takes a while after an injury on that level to come back on top physical condition.
At that level, boo, even 95 percent of your best can be the difference between #1 and #9 on the computer. After weeks of lugging her trainer around on the beach (barefoot, no less), I'm sure Venus is physically up to the challenge this year. If she ever fixes that forehand, look out!

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This is great for Venus. A Top 5 win no less.

She has an amazing amount of fight. Hope this is the first step to a proper playing level.

Elena is my No. 1 fave and I think win or lose for either of them, they will both get a very good gauge of their level before the AO. Elena will test Venus with her returns and FH many a time and will attack it alot.

Venus BH and serve will be her assets. However I feel Elena will prevail as she is just very consistent and powerful off the ground, whereas Venus is erratic.

Hopefully a great match!

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nothin' better than to see top players playing within themselves. i expect a lot of great matches between the top players, good to see venus acting like a top player, its about damn time. hopefully she can build on this. good luck to her and to elena, maybe they can square off at a few tier I, or maybe even a slam this year. now that elena is a better player with much more confidence i expect the matches between the two to be battles from here on out.
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I wish Venus would go into the match tomorrow thinking about Dementiava's nasty little comment about her at Miami last year.
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I wish Venus would go into the match tomorrow thinking about Dementiava's nasty little comment about her at Miami last year.
I hope she also remembers that Dementieva was one of the loudest voices on the match-fixing bandwagon a while back.

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I'm an Elena fan and don't condone what she said. Lets hope she can keep it quiet after tomorrow's match!

I'm sure she said the match fixing comment was a joke though

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All I can say is: Good on ya, V. Let's get this ball rolling.

Win or lose in the final, this is a definite step forward. If she can start playing like a Top Five player, in a matter of months we'll certainly be seeing her at the Top Two level.

And I love her new claim to fitness. Keep it up. Keep the focus. Let's do this.

Someone is quietly turning back the clock...to them bulldozer dayz...

Always on the lookout for a great tennis match.
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