Will Venus Still Be Ranked #1 At Roland Garros?
If someone/Serena takes out Jennifer at this week's tourney - then I think Venus will remain number one.
And if Venus does good at the IO next week - she will be ranked #1 at the FO.
I think Jennifer has a lot of pressure on her to defend her FO title - but IMO - she should shake the pressure off and just play her game.
I predict right now that Venus will win the FO and w/'Lil Sis bringing up the rear. Hopefully, because the PTB don't think the Sisters have a snowball chance in 'ell at winning the FO - they will be put on different sides of the draw. And then - look out!
Hopefully, Martina will show up - because we all know that she is a sure bet to make the quarters. So who knows - she might make it to the semis and beyond if the PPs are upset early enough.
INSIDE PRO TENNIS
Todd Holcomb - Staff
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
French a lure for U.S. stars
The French Open is their worst major, but Venus Williams and Pete Sampras reiterated last week how much they would treasure winning it.
The difference is that for Williams, a French title seems inevitable given her youth and talent. For Sampras, it's almost inconceivable, though you can't blame a guy for trying.
Williams reached a clay-court final in Hamburg last week and lost to Kim Clijsters, the 2001 French runner-up. Now that Williams is ranked No. 1, she has made it a goal to win at Roland Garros, where she lost in the first round last year to Barbara Schett.
"It's very important to my priorities, probably No. 1," Williams said. "I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to win, but it will be a real dream."
Sampras is encouraged by beating Andre Agassi on red clay last month in Houston and has taken a wild card this week into the Tennis Masters Series in Rome, which he won in 1994.
Sampras has gone out in the first or second round in Paris for four straight years, but now he is coached by clay-court specialist Jose Higueras. It was Higueras who guided Jim Courier during his French titles in 1991 and '92.
"He knows what clay-courters think whey they play a big server like me," Sampras said.
It's probably wishful thinking, but Sampras made the French semifinals in 1996. Williams has never made it past the quarters.
The French Open begins in three weeks.
Surgery for Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanisevic, who said he probably would retire after Wimbledon, may never play again. According to a newspaper report, Ivanisevic will have surgery on his left shoulder that likely will preclude defending his Wimbledon title.
"The way things are, there's no sense in it," Ivanisevic said..
Meanwhile, the news is good for Gustavo Kuerten. The French champion came back from hip surgery to win a couple of matches last week in Mallorca.
"Tennis is like a bicycle," Kuerten said. "A lot of time can pass and you still know how to play."
Fed up Capriati?
Jennifer Capriati figures to make her first live comments about the recent Federation Cup drama this week at the German Open. Capriati issued only a statement protesting Billie Jean King's decision to drop her from the team last week. Without Capriati, the Fed Cup team lost to Austria and will be forced to play a home relegation match July 20-21 against Israel.
Dogs have their day.
Last edited by GogoGirl; May 7th, 2002 at 02:15 PM.