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Venus on Alicia: "Absolutely wonderful player. So graceful, so talented"

Venus lying low while her star rises
By Jake Niall
January 21, 2005

Venus Williams has shown signs of a revival at Melbourne Park and the fuss about coming Russians and ephedrine has allowed the Williams sisters, particularly Venus, to enjoy the luxury of a lower profile.

Venus, a straight-sets victor over China's Shuai Peng yesterday, wouldn't have noticed if she was flying under the radar this year, because she does not read newspapers or watch television. "If I do (watch TV), it's on mute," said the eighth seed and four-time slam winner. "I hate propaganda and hype, so I've stayed away from it for ages."

The Williams, apparently, get their news via the internet.

Even if she hates hype and ignores a news media that obsesses over her every garment, Venus has noticed the rapid rise of potential fourth-round opponent Alicia Molik, for whom she had charitable words last night. "Absolutely wonderful player. So graceful, so talented, she absolutely deserves everything she's got. You can tell she's working hard. It will be, if we can make it happen, both of us, it will be a great match."

There were limits, however, to her generosity, when asked whether the emerging Aussie was in good enough nick to beat her. "Do I think she's playing well enough? Why would I say that? She's playing very well, but I don't want to concede a win to my opponent, doesn't matter if she's Australian or not."

Venus was still some distance from her slam-winning 2000-2001 zenith yesterday, but her description - "very solid" - was accurate. She did what was required to have a relatively comfortable victory over Peng, whose unwieldy two-handed groundstrokes on both sides were only effective in patches.
The difference, as in most Venus routs, was her super-sized serve. Peng, one of the expanding group of Chinese women on tour - a group Lindsay Davenport yesterday suggested were the coming force - had only a pop-gun delivery, which was insufficient to really trouble Venus.

Richard Williams, occasionally wont to make big calls, recently suggested that his daughters could resume the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings if they dedicated themselves utterly to tennis again. Venus agreed - well, sort of. "Uhm, I guess he's right."

The more immediate challenge for Venus is on winning her first slam since the heady days of 2000-2001, before Serena took ownership of the family's WTA business, which has since been bought out by the Belgians and Russians.

"It's definitely the right mindset to have," said Venus of believing she could win the Open. "Mentally, you always have to feel like it's your turn."

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WOW what a nice thing to say and a great article all together. Venus is so respectful and gracious, especially in the last few years. She said some really nice, complimentary things about Shuai Peng too. Class act!!

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lol, she knows how to work a crowd .

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I cant wait for the venus/molik match.

Im not sure if venus would be as delightful about opponent if the room wasn't filled with australian media, but its great that she has respect for her opposition.
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venus is great. nothing more needs to be said
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That was very nice of Venus to say such nice things about Alicia, she is a very gracious opponent!
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Nice words from Venus

Should be an exciting match if it happens

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I cant wait for the venus/molik match.

Im not sure if venus would be as delightful about opponent if the room wasn't filled with australian media, but its great that she has respect for her opposition.
Maybe so.

However, Venus has known her atleast since 99' and while
maybe not actually following her career has an many
encounters with her or have seen her.

I say that because Venus did more than just
compliment her on her game which means she
must have had some very nice encounters with her.

They've played each other 3 times before
in 99', 02', & 04'.

If it happens, it will be
a nice match to see.
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venus: pure grace and class here... AND playing well-- watch out
she's right though, molik's tennis is delightful.

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lol, she knows how to work a crowd .
Exactly! lol
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Nice words by Venus, but the question put to her was so stupid.

Twice they asked Venus whether she thinks Molik is playing well enough t beat Venus, and I liked Venus's answer "Do I think she's playing well enough? Why would I say that? She's playing very well, but I don't want to concede a win to my opponent, doesn't matter if she's Australian or not."

Good answer Vee!
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she's looking good enough to win it.

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Ahh...what a great diplomat Vee is.
Wonder if Molik will have something nice to about Vee as well.

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