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"I HEARD THAT - VENUS" "COME ON GIRL - LET'S GO"



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Venus Puts Trust in God and Her Racket

Wed February 12, 2003 09:08 AM ET

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - American Venus Williams has no fear of a war in Iraq, because she knows God will provide -- and everything else can be solved through tennis.

The possibility of war in Iraq has gripped the world for months, but Venus is not afraid, she said in an interview published Wednesday.

"God will protect us. I trust in God and not in people. People make mistakes," she told Belgium's De Morgen newspaper.
Her faith made her happy and took away her troubles, she said. "God is watching over us. Religion allows me to let go of tennis a bit emotionally."

Venus, in Belgium this week as top seed in the $585,000 Antwerp Diamond Games, admitted that there were some areas -- such as racism in sport -- where she would have to fight her own battles.
Black players such as her and younger sister Serena were criticized for things that other players were not, she said.

"I know I can't change the world," she said. So she would just have to win her battles by proving her point on court.

"I'll just let my racket do the talking. If anyone has a problem with me, let's just play a match."

She also hit back at complaints that the two sisters -- ranked first and second in the world -- were dominating the game.

"I just don't understand it. If we are successful, there is a problem. And when we're not successful, then there is also a problem. It's like we are never able to do things right."

Serena entered the pantheon of greats in January when she completed a sweep of all four grand slam titles. Venus lost in all four, the first woman ever to do so back-to-back. Undaunted, she vowed to return to the top.

"I plan to go on until I'm tired of this game," the world No. 2 said. "I plan to fight, I won't give up my job just like that. I will become No. 1 again."

"The problem is that Serena has won the right tournaments."

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You go, Venus!!!!!!
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so true statement, surprised some didn't come in here and critisize her for her comments. but really venus and serena have always let the tennis do the talking, that is why serena has lost only 2 matches since wimbledon 2002 and venus has only lost 2 matches sine wimbledon 2002! (both to serena for venus)!

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Why do you think someone would criticize her for this? Im not a fan at all, but its a nice article and illustrates something about the Williams sisters that I already know. They never ever give up and I respect that.

But I think Venus lost more than 2 matches since Wimby. She lost to Kim at the champs and Maleeva at Moscow.
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"I just don't understand it. If we are successful, there is a problem. And when we're not successful, then there is also a problem. It's like we are never able to do things right."
No kidding!!! Some of the complainers sound so woeful now


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She lost to Serena at he US Open (1 match) and then to Maleeva in Moscos (2nd match). She retired playing Kim.
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and serena again at the aus open, so that is 4 losses., not 2. Im not a fan of Clijsters, I know venus was injured but Kim played very well that week and I think its fair to say that she could have won against a healthy Venus.
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Whoa!! Sounds like Venus is ready for battle. Oh wow i guess she is sending a message to the WTA, serena included. sounds like fighting words to me. Bring on the drama. Things are heating up!
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That is why VENUS is my fave.
She has class, courage and intelligence.

If VENUS plays Kim in the finals, she will defeat the Belgian.

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Re: Venus Puts Trust in God and Her Racket

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"I HEARD THAT - VENUS" "COME ON GIRL - LET'S GO"



"I'll just let my racket do the talking. If anyone has a problem with me, let's just play a match."

She also hit back at complaints that the two sisters -- ranked first and second in the world -- were dominating the game.

"I just don't understand it. If we are successful, there is a problem. And when we're not successful, then there is also a problem. It's like we are never able to do things right."

Serena entered the pantheon of greats in January when she completed a sweep of all four grand slam titles. Venus lost in all four, the first woman ever to do so back-to-back. Undaunted, she vowed to return to the top.

"I plan to go on until I'm tired of this game," the world No. 2 said. "I plan to fight, I won't give up my job just like that. I will become No. 1 again."

"The problem is that Serena has won the right tournaments."
Suprising comments from Vee. Go head Queen! She is right on, and her and Rena are gonna be in a dogfight for no.1.
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Glad to hear that Venus still has fire in her belly and wants to be no 1, beating a hot Serena would be the ultimate sporting challenge for any lady and we the spectators can look forward to some very dramatic battles.
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I knew Venus had this kinda fire inside her all along. I think she just suppresses it a bit more now, unlike hingis, serena etc.
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To be honest, I don't see much fight in Venus' statements here... She wants to be #1... I'm really shocked she didn't say she'd be happy being 2nd best her entire career.
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That's the Venus I know and love very much. I'm glad that she is not discouraged, and is willing to work hard to attain the number 1 ranking again. GO VENUS!!!
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