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Hopman Cup coup as Venus commits to playing in Perth

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Wimbledon champion Venus Williams will partner Taylor Dent in the US pair to defend the Hyundai Hopman Cup title next summer.

Williams, who last year beat Lindsay Davenport 4-6 7-6 9-7 in Wimbledon's longest women's final, will follow sister Serena, who won the Perth mixed teams event with James Blake in 2002-03.

Fittingly, she will be the 19th player to have held the world No. 1 ranking to play in the Hopman Cup, in the tournament's 19th year.

"That's a pretty good record for hallmark players," declared tournament director Paul McNamee from Germany yesterday.

An exciting Monday afternoon in Kaiserslautern watching the Socceroos beat Japan became even better when Williams' agent, Carlos Fleming, contacted McNamee to confirm that a proposal put to Venus during the French Open had paid off.

"Up to now she's usually spent Hopman Cup week in Hong Kong but she's never won the Australian Open and she wants to make some changes in her preparation," said a delighted McNamee.

"I did, of course, point out to her that her sister won in Melbourne in 2003 straight after playing in Perth."

When the older of the Williams sisters indicated her willingness to come to Perth for the first time, McNamee had little hesitation departing from the tournament tradition of inviting back the pair who won the previous year. Lisa Raymond partnered Dent to the title last January but a drawcard as big as multiple Wimbledon and US Open champion Williams could not be overlooked - particularly after last year's lacklustre field.

Williams has won Wimbledon three times and the US Open twice and was the gold medallist in the singles at the Sydney Olympics.

She has contested the final of all four grand slam tournaments at least once, with her sister denying her a full house of major championships with wins at the French Open in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2003.

She has won 33 WTA Tour titles, amassed more than $16 million in prize money and holds bragging rights to the fastest serve recorded in a women's event when she unleashed a 205kmh thunderbolt at Mary Pierce in Zurich in 1998.

Injury has hindered Williams' bid to reclaim the No. 1 ranking she last held in 2002. After a first-round loss in the Australian Open, she was out of action until May. She reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, losing in three sets to Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova.

"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.

The Hopman Cup starts December 29.

http://www.thewest.com.au/20060614/s...sto134414.html

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Go Venus! Will be great to see her here in Perth! I'll probably buy a season ticket now so i can go see her everyday!

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Wow, early commitment!

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WOW, not a bad choice for her, let's see what it leads to.

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Good to see

With Ivanovic likely to return and a top 15 player from Russia there should be a few really good match ups this time around
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When I read "next summer" in the story, I was like, "WHAT??" But then it dawned on me that our winter is Australia's summer.

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GO VENUS!!!
Finally, nice warm-up tournament for Oz.
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hopman cup was hideous this year. Good to see McNamee is getting some names back. I didn't realise he's still doing the Hopman Cup after switching to the Australian Open golf.
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I saw this in my e-mail just now.. i'm so happy! Go Venus! Don't pull out!! lol
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"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.

The Hopman Cup starts December 29.

http://www.thewest.com.au/20060614/s...sto134414.html

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Go Venus! Will be great to see her here in Perth! I'll probably buy a season ticket now so i can go see her everyday!
LOL, what's "dinkum"? Anyway, that will be great. I hope she stays injury free so she can honor her committment there. If so, take lots of pics xr6.
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When I read "next summer" in the story, I was like, "WHAT??" But then it dawned on me that our winter is Australia's summer.
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"Venus has got her head down and she's working her way back. The hunger is still there and the fact she's making changes and coming to play in Perth indicates she's dinkum about having a crack at the Australian Open," said McNamee.
This is what I want to see from Venus. I never really though she prepared herself well at the Australian Open this whole decade until I read this. This will probably be her best chance at this slam now. I wish her well.

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LOL, what's "dinkum"? Anyway, that will be great. I hope she stays injury free so she can honor her committment there. If so, take lots of pics xr6.
Haha.. 'dinkum' basically means 'serious' or set on something..

And yeah i'll take heaps of pictures if i go!

"I want to do things on my own terms, I can't have anything take me out.
I have never given up and it's important for me to prove to myself that I can do this, and to prove to me that i'm a champion.
If I were just to sit down, lay down and give in, then I wouldn't have any respect for myself."
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