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Cronin Article on Venus

Mature Venus bids for third U.S. Open Crown

By Matthew Cronin

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Six-times grand slam champion Venus Williams is no longer the wide-eyed teen who surprised the tennis world when she reached the U.S. Open final a decade ago.

Although Williams has been through a treadmill of injuries and ups and down since 1997, the 27-year-old is not planning on retiring soon.

In 1997, her father and coach Richard predicted that Venus and her younger sister, eight-times grand slam champion Serena, would leave the sport before they hit their mid-20s to pursue other careers.

But both are still there and Wimbledon champion Venus has a list of on-court goals.

"It's hard to predict what will happen 10 years down the line," she told Reuters on Thursday in a telephone interview from New York, where she will play in next week's U.S. Open.

"During that time, I didn't ever know how to think ahead to the next year. It's still exciting and I love what I do and I will be here as long as I can. I'm really blessed, but if I want more, for sure, I'm not going to let go," Williams said.

She is diversifying off court and has just released a collection of high performance and casual apparel and footwear called "EleVen" with the retailer Steve & Barry's.


STUDY FASHION

Williams went to school to study fashion and helped design all 120 pieces in the collection. She will debut an outfit and shoes, the "V-Court," during the U.S. Open.

"I've always wanted to have a life outside in tennis and I think it makes my tennis greater because it makes me appreciate it more," Williams said.

"These things are important to me and I want to start to do some of the other things that I love before my career is over."

Twice winner Williams enters the U.S. Open as the number 12 seed and could face fifth-ranked Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, not a fortunate draw for either player.

She is in the top half of the draw, which also includes Serena, top-ranked Justine Henin of Belgium, and Serbian third seed Jelena Jankovic. Defending champion Maria Sharapova is in the other half.

Even though she appears to have a tough road to the final, Williams is optimistic.

"I'm one of the main contenders for the Open," she said. "I have different approaches -- sometimes I say, 'Now the title is mine' but I'll do whatever it takes. I'm going to approach this one match by match."

A wrist injury sidelined Williams for most of the second half of 2006 and the first month of this year but since then she has been her fittest since 2005 and went more than six months without pulling out of a tournament.


KNEE PROBLEMS

However, after a non-stop stretch of play that included Wimbledon, Fed Cup, World TeamTennis and San Diego, she withdrew from Toronto earlier this month with knee problems.

"My knees were hurting and I couldn't get them to calm down," said Williams, who was beaten by sixth ranked Anna Chakvetadze of Russia in San Diego on Aug. 3 and has not played since.

"I took some anti-inflammatories, but I didn't want to be on court under those conditions," she said. "I needed time to give my knees a break and they were saying 'No, V, we don't like how you are treating us'."

Williams added that her knees were now feeling fine and she had been practising well during the past week.

Her two U.S. Open crowns came in 2000 and 2001, when she won back-to-back titles at Wimbledon and New York.

Williams is hoping to regain the form that brought her to her fourth Wimbledon crown last month.

"If I can match my form at Wimbledon I'll be unbeatable," she said. "I feel like I'm playing better but I need to get out there and execute in the matches like I did at Wimbledon. That's what it's all about."
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"I took some anti-inflammatories, but I didn't want to be on court under those conditions," she said. "I needed time to give my knees a break and they were saying 'No, V, we don't like how you are treating us'."


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Damn straight.

So the message for Venus is to play like you did at Wimbledon. And you'll win.

Let them eat cake.
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Bring it together Vee!

RIDE OR DIE! Down for Venus Williams



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That my girl. Sharapova is so luck with the draw
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"If I can match my form at Wimbledon I'll be unbeatable," she said. "I feel like I'm playing better but I need to get out there and execute in the matches like I did at Wimbledon. That's what it's all about."
I think that too... Come on Vee!!!

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Good luck Venus.
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Go Venus!
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Do your best Venus!

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She's right. When she plays her best NO ONE can beat her. go Vee!
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Good luck Venus!
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Venus is gonna win this thang. Just watch.
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YEAH VENUS!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! TAKE THE TITLE!!

WTA=WILLIAMS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Venus Williams Wimbledon Champion (00,01,05,07,08)
US Open Champion (00,01)

Serena Williams Australian Open Champion (03,05,07,09,10,15,17)
French Open Champion (02,13,15)
Wimbledon Champion (02,03,09,10,12,15,16)
US Open Champion (99,02,08,12,13,14)
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Go Venus!

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated" - George Bernard Shaw




"And for the best of the teen-agers who followed her, and who occasionally referred to her as over the hill, Graf had a ready answer: against top-ranked Martina Hingis, Graf wound up 7-2. Graf's stirring 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 throttling of Hingis at the French Open final this June was perhaps the most emphatic parting shot the game has ever seen. "


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like always it's about execution in the matches. If she executes she wins 9/10.
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