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"I'm the anti-Venus"

Venus maintains Wimbledon form in San Diego opener
By Matthew Cronin

SAN DIEGO, California, July 30, (Reuters) - Venus Williams continued her Wimbledon-winning form by thrashing Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-0 in the first round of the San Diego Classic on Monday.

Playing her first WTA tournament since claiming her fourth Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets defeat of France's Marion Bartoli, Williams looked fresh and powerful in polishing off the outclassed Russian.

Not only was her vaunted backhand smooth but she also punished her opponent with hard forehands.

"I was going for a lot," Williams told reporters.

"I just felt really aggressive, like I want to get the ball, move forward and go for it. My forehand has improved the most this year.

"I just don't think about it and I hit it."


After an injury-riddled 2006 and shaky start to this season, Williams found her feet in London, thrashing three top-10 players -- Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic -- before beating Bartoli.

Now ranked number 16, the 27-year-old Williams is hoping to emulate the form she showed in 2000 and 2001, when she won back-to-back Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.

"I'm the anti-Venus," she said.

"I finally have two legs to stand on. I'm playing a lot of matches. I don't want to be injured any more and have to work so hard to be where I want to be.

"I'm at a really wonderful place in my game where I can stay there and keep getting better."


SEEDS ADVANCE

Williams won the San Diego Classic three times in a row from 2000 and says that she has matured to the point where she can take it easy on herself mentally.

"I'm much calmer now," she said. "I feel calm when I'm down and when I'm up and feel pretty even-keeled."

All the seeds that competed on the day got through.

Ninth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva rebounded from an erratic second set to defeat Catalina Castano 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Number 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who was horrified by her poor play at Stanford last week, turned things around and defeated American Jamea Jackson 6-2 6-1.

Number 14 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine out-fought China's Peng Shuai 3-6 6-3 6-4 and 13th seed Tatiana Golovin of France overcame Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-1 2-6 6-2

Williams and Vania King were the only Americans to post wins as Jackson, Jill Craybas, Laura Granville, Coco Vandeweghe and Brittany Augustine all lost.

On Tuesday, second seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia will face King, who defeated compatriot Asia Muhammed 7-6 6-0, while fourth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia will go up against compatriot Elena Bovina.

Bartoli, the fifth seed, will also be in action against Japan's Akiko Nakamura, while seventh seed Martina Hingis of Switzerland will go up against Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands.

Top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova starts her campaign on Wednesday.

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It seems like Venus has big plans this summer...
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She really is getting a lot better on that forehand side. I really want to see that backhand get to where it used to be though. She can't forget about that. It used to be the best on tour, but now, I doubt it's top 5.

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This is the difference from 2005 that could really vault Venus back to where she has the potential to be. Staying healthy and gaining momentum with confidence is so key for her so hopefully those two things can remain and we can see her really be a major factor for awhile.

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"I'm at a really wonderful place in my game where I can stay there and keep getting better."
Thanks for the post Vronsky. That's the most positive and confident I've heard Venus in a while. This makes me smile and beam with gratitude.
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uh oh... healthy, confident forehand, good serving, mentally strong... everyone better watch out



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I don't get what "anti-venus" means
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I don't get what "anti-venus" means
i think its a health joke.

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I don't get what "anti-venus" means
I think she's talking in major regard to the
inujries and probably her head space.

Since 03' Venus has been riddled with injures.
And last year(running into this year) was the worst
of her career, when she missed nearly 8 months of
play and two Slams.

And also, as a rythm(which builds confidence for her)
player, being so injured and playing so sporadically can
tax you just as much mentally as phyisically.

So, I tink she means "anti-Venus" in that now she is healthy.
And being healthy has allowed her to play. Playing has allowed her to develop a rythm. This rythum has allowed her to gain confidence. And that confidence is producng elite level tennis.

Now, with her health in-tact, all other things are falling
into place. That's the reason many of her fans pray for her
to be healthy and happy more than anything else, out of
those two things the rest will come.

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yeah Venus.
I just hope she can stay healthy. She does tend to get injured a lot.
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I don't get what "anti-venus" means
It means she doesn't smoke marijuana or other recreational drugs anymore. She's serious about her tennis again.

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She really is getting a lot better on that forehand side. I really want to see that backhand get to where it used to be though. She can't forget about that. It used to be the best on tour, but now, I doubt it's top 5.
that is not even remotley true.
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but you and your negatives...
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