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Venus Williams Pulls Out Of Dubai Open

Venus Williams pulls out of Dubai Open


February 15, 2003
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Venus Williams pulled out of the Dubai Open on Saturday, citing a change of schedule.

Williams told tournament organizers she has been forced to take a closer look at her tight schedule for the year and decided to skip Dubai.

Williams, ranked No. 2, was to play Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals of the Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium, on Saturday.

Americans Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles, along with Justine Henin-Hardenne, the top seed, and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo are entered in the Dubai Open, which begins Monday.

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post #2 of 157 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2003, 06:11 PM
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bizarre bizarre !
Why is it bizarre?
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I agree it looks strange, but if Venus decides to do so, I am sure she has a good reason!

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if it is for her safety then I fully understand it but change of schedule should not be a reason two days before. so in that case she should get a fine!

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I am glad she pulled out. I do not think it is safe there. I was wondering why the players would decided to go there at a time like this. I think they should cancell that tournment.
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I don't know if traveling there is such a concern for her... since she did play there last year, which was only 6 months after 9/11.

There's no reason for her to play this tourney anyway... she'll only lose the SF points she got last year. Big whoop.

If I were Venus, I'd prepare on getting focused for Miami.
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Exclamation

I think she may play Indian Wells after all.
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post #9 of 157 (permalink) Old Feb 15th, 2003, 06:32 PM
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Venus has something up her sleeve ehhh?? I'm cool with whatever is best for her:P

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from talking to friends, terriorists dont go to dubai, only billionaires and major VIPS live there.
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i think she might have something up her sleeve as well, i don't think venus is going to want to loose her semifinal points for nothing?

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I suspect it is all about the Iraq war. In that case it is a wise move. If you live in America you have no idea of the heat that has been generated by the proposed war.
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there are still some people who live outside America who have no idea of the heat that has been generated by the proposed war....

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I agree......it's weird, living like this sometimes. I feel like we live in the middle east with all this talk of violence and stuff.

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and about Venus -- perhaps the CIA or FBI tipped her off about the war starting next week and told her to avoid the area


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Tight schedule??????

What tournament is she adding?

SHe should enter to more tier I tournaments.

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