I must say that I agree w/her. I am picking Venus Victory.
Friday, July 5
Serving it up at The Championships
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Tim Henman lost his fourth semifinal in five years at Wimbledon. Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the final with a 7-5, 6-1, 7-5 victory.
GRAND SLAM SNIPPETS
• Bookmakers William Hill said Friday they have no doubt that Venus and Serena Williams will both be playing to the "best of their abilities'' in Saturday's Wimbledon final.
"We have heard all sorts of conspiracy theories about who will win, or be told, or allowed to win -- we discount them,'' the bookmaker said.
Hill has Venus' odds at 4-7.
• Wimbledon officials came to the rescue of a duckling stuck in a tree Friday. A duck and eight ducklings had nested in a tree inside the complex, and overnight, all but one of the ducklings dropped from the tree.
Wimbledon staff climbed a scaffolding and encouraged the last duckling out of the tree. It quickly hid under a nearby stack of chairs, along with the other ducks.
• Anna Kournikova, who has yet to win a WTA Tour event, appears 21 times in the tour's official magazine, Advantage. Jennifer Capriati, who finished last year ranked No. 1 in women's tennis, is in 11 photographs, including the cover.
Davenport picks Venus
Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport thinks Venus Williams will win this year's title.
Davenport, the 1999 winner, has missed the 2002 season after undergoing knee surgery last November. She plans to come back for the U.S. Fed Cup series against Israel in Springfield, Mo., on July 19-20.
"I was able to hit tennis balls again in late April and I am now 100 percent on the court and I have been working out a lot and I feel really ready to be back on the tour,'' Davenport said in a Web chat with WTA Tour sponsor Sanex.
"The long layoff will definitely help me to play longer. It has been very, very nice to spend time with my family, but I definitely miss tennis and competition.''
Davenport said the Williams sisters were the players to beat, and predicts Venus will win her third consecutive Wimbledon trophy.
"I think it's going to be very hard to stop Venus,'' Davenport said. "She won two years in a row. However, Serena could give her a good challenge.''