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Venus and Serena to work out with Australian coach before Aussie Open

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...5E3162,00.html

Sisters sweat on Vic coach
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19dec05

SERENA and Venus Williams will attempt to arrest a perceived slide from dominance by turning Melbourne Park into the house of pain before the Australian Open.

The sisters do not plan to appear in any Australian lead-up events before the January 16-29 grand slam event.


The duo, who each nailed a major this season, will instead arrive in Melbourne on January 8 and work out with Victorian coach Mark Hlawaty.

The daily sessions will provide the foundation that the Americans consider sufficient to re-establish a fading aura.

Serena, the reigning Australian Open champion, and Wimbledon champion Venus both endured rugged 2005 seasons because of injury.

The pair's diluted influence was measured in the comparatively meagre number of titles they managed to pocket.

Venus, 25, landed two singles titles with a 37-10 record. Serena was seen at fewer events, finishing with a 21-7 mark and the Rod Laver Arena crown.

Serena, 24, succumbed to a chronic left ankle injury and was finally forced off the circuit after an embarrassing first-round loss in Beijing in September.

Only the second player after Margaret Osborne duPont to save match points twice en route to a grand slam final, Williams wrote off the rest of her season.

She will resume, along with Venus, in a Hong Kong exhibition from January 4-7.

Now ranked 11th, the former world No. 1 underwent knee surgery in October.

Venus's year was marginally better, highlighted by an emotional rise to a third Wimbledon win, where she saved a match point in the final against Lindsay Davenport.

But she, too, was troubled by a left-knee injury that forced her off the tour.

The Williams sisters are due to face Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Nicole Vaidisova and Sania Mirza in Hong Kong.

Fellow former world No. 1 Martina Hingis is still to make public her Australian schedule, although the Sydney International from January 9 is being considered. The Swiss baseliner has played only one WTA tournament since a premature retirement in 2002 because of chronic foot, heel and ankle problems.

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I hope this new coach helps them!!!

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Awesome! Go sisters!!!!
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Finally they go with someone other than their parents

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Finally they go with someone other than their parents
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they've worked with other coaches before.

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They've worked with him numerous times. He helped Vee at Wimbeldon.
Go to the Mark Hwallty thread.
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I hope he works them really hard in the Aussie sun to that they are really fit and ready to go for the Australian condititions. Especially Serena.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old Dec 19th, 2005, 09:34 PM
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I hope he works them really hard in the Aussie sun to that they are really fit and ready to go for the Australian condititions. Especially Serena.

I hope he work them hard to especially Serena, something tells me that next year Venus will be on a mission, at the end of this year Venus seem to had picked it up as far as her tennis she just happen to be beaten by a determine Kim at the US Open.
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I hope he'll help them to go where they belong.

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SERENA and Venus Williams will attempt to arrest a perceived slide from dominance by turning Melbourne Park into the house of pain before the Australian Open.
I like that! That's powerful.
Maybe my girls can transfer that pain to their AO opponents.

Venus = Queen of Pain.
Serena = Princess of Pain.

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im sceptical that it will help them
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Excellent! Sounds like V & S really want to get this season off to a great start. IS EVERYBODY READY???
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Well, eight days will help a lot in terms of jet lag and getting acclimated, but the hard work in fitness will need to be done already.
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I agree with Sanneriet. I hope they are doing quite a bit more before landing in Melbourne.

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

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I agree with Sanneriet. I hope they are doing quite a bit more before landing in Melbourne.
Venus is fit. Serena has hopefully been able to keep working on conditioning. I wouldn't say that these two weeks are the sum total of their preparation. Since they don't observe holidays, they'll probably be working right through to land in Australian ready to hit and get into top shape form.
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