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Serena relishes brutal 'blessing'

Serena relishes brutal 'blessing'
By Phillip Henderson
January 11, 2007

FOR a former world No.1 and seven-time grand slam winner, a quarter-final exit at a tier four WTA event in Hobart would hardly seem the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.

But Serena Williams was looking at nothing but positives after crashing out of the Hobart International, to Austria's little known Sybille Bammer, in her comeback tournament from knee surgery.

"This is the best match practice possible," said Williams after losing 3-6 7-5 6-3 to Bammer in a brutal, 2hr 20min quarter-final. "These are the toughest matches I've played in my whole career, especially in a tournament of this calibre, so it was really a blessing to be able to play such tough matches.

"These are the types of matches you look forward to playing in grand slams."

Having dominated women's tennis with sister Venus only three years ago, Serena has slumped to 94 in the world rankings after a horror stretch of knee and ankle injuries.

The last of her 26 WTA titles came two years ago, at the 2005 Australian Open.

Asked after her loss to world No.53 Bammer did she think she could climb back to the top of women's game this year, Williams said: "I hope so. It's just a matter of time." In Hobart, the 25-year-old showed she still has the power game to perhaps launch a rankings assault. Her biggest obstacles, though, will be consistency and match fitness.

Armed with her own power game, Bammer never let up against Williams in claiming her biggest scalp since turning professional in 1997.

Having played another monster three-set match the previous day, Williams looked a spent force in the final set - although she later claimed to be "just sore" and not tired.

"She played the match of her life," Williams said of Bammer. "Everyone plays their best against me and I have to go out there and be my best every time. She obviously played unbelievable."

The loss completed a disappointing few hours for the Williams family, with Venus pulling out of the Australian Open with a left wrist injury.

The first Serena heard of the withdrawal was at her post-match press-conference.

"I didn't know," she said, before adding: "I guess I'm just glad I don't have to play her."

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Why is it that everyone always "seems" to play their best against Serena?

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Why is it that everyone always "seems" to play their best against Serena?
It's that beating a Williams Sister is a 'big deal'.

Despite current situation, they are still The Williams Sisters
with the capability to still be what they once were in terms
of performance. Not to mention the reputation they've already
built to become who they are.

Being around and playing against greatness makes one
want to do their absolute best to show they can hang
or atleast try to.

Look at S.Uberoi and 04' USO, loss the match yet was
all smiles as if she had won the match. Happy because
despite Venus' form, she was hanging in there.
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It's that beating a Williams Sister is a 'big deal'.

Despite current situation, they are still The Williams Sisters
with the capability to still be what they once were in terms
of performance. Not to mention the reputation they've already
built to become who they are.
Well that's all great but that doesn't mean that the girls beating them have to play their best.

Especially with Serena's current form.

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Serena relishes brutal 'blessing'
By Phillip Henderson
January 11, 2007

FOR a former world No.1 and seven-time grand slam winner, a quarter-final exit at a tier four WTA event in Hobart would hardly seem the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.

But Serena Williams was looking at nothing but positives after crashing out of the Hobart International, to Austria's little known Sybille Bammer, in her comeback tournament from knee surgery.

"This is the best match practice possible," said Williams after losing 3-6 7-5 6-3 to Bammer in a brutal, 2hr 20min quarter-final. "These are the toughest matches I've played in my whole career, especially in a tournament of this calibre, so it was really a blessing to be able to play such tough matches.

"These are the types of matches you look forward to playing in grand slams."

Having dominated women's tennis with sister Venus only three years ago, Serena has slumped to 94 in the world rankings after a horror stretch of knee and ankle injuries.

The last of her 26 WTA titles came two years ago, at the 2005 Australian Open.

Asked after her loss to world No.53 Bammer did she think she could climb back to the top of women's game this year, Williams said: "I hope so. It's just a matter of time." In Hobart, the 25-year-old showed she still has the power game to perhaps launch a rankings assault. Her biggest obstacles, though, will be consistency and match fitness.

Armed with her own power game, Bammer never let up against Williams in claiming her biggest scalp since turning professional in 1997.

Having played another monster three-set match the previous day, Williams looked a spent force in the final set - although she later claimed to be "just sore" and not tired.

"She played the match of her life," Williams said of Bammer. "Everyone plays their best against me and I have to go out there and be my best every time. She obviously played unbelievable."

The loss completed a disappointing few hours for the Williams family, with Venus pulling out of the Australian Open with a left wrist injury.

The first Serena heard of the withdrawal was at her post-match press-conference.

"I didn't know," she said, before adding: "I guess I'm just glad I don't have to play her."

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Why is it that everyone always "seems" to play their best against Serena?
Maybe it really only "seems" so to Serena.
Also, she admitted that she had never heard of Bammer, so how would she know what level she usually plays at?
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Well that's all great but that doesn't mean that the girls beating them have to play their best.
Yes, but it makes them want to!

Some like them come with the mentality, "What the heck"
and go all out. "I may lose, but I'm giving it all I have".
That mentality can relax and calm nerves and help
one play well. If not and they still win, then they
were simply on the court when a WS lost it.

Either way, they'll take it.
As does the press and nearly
everyone else.

If anything, it's a glowing testiment to what they've
accomplished. I say take it as a compliment when
all are gunning after you. It means you must be
doing or have done something right.
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Go Serena! We Still Believe In You!!!
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Maybe it really only "seems" so to Serena.
Also, she admitted that she had never heard of Bammer, so how would she know what level she usually plays at?
"she admitted that she had never heard of Bammer, so how would she know what level she usually plays at?"

No answer..... I'm not surprised!
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It's that beating a Williams Sister is a 'big deal'.
No, it isn't.

It's that both of them are in denial about where they rank in tennis' hierarchy.

They don't seem to understand that their games don't intimidate anyone anymore.

Like their fans, they seem to be living in the past.

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Maybe it really only "seems" so to Serena.
Also, she admitted that she had never heard of Bammer, so how would she know what level she usually plays at?
Players always seem to play out of their minds when they are playing the sisters.
Bammer is fighting for her life against Bardina right now. She is down 3-6,1-4.
If only they would put the same intensity into all their matchs.
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Great article! I just hope she plays better in Australia
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No, it isn't.

It's that both of them are in denial about where they rank in tennis' hierarchy.

They don't seem to understand that their games don't intimidate anyone anymore.

Like their fans, they seem to be living in the past.
beating a 7 and 5 time grand slam champion is a big deal!
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I hope Serena continues with her progression and wish her luck at the AO.

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"She played the match of her life," Williams said of Bammer. "Everyone plays their best against me and I have to go out there and be my best every time. She obviously played unbelievable."
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