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Have you read this yet?

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2003

KEY BISCAYNE -- A stomach virus could accomplish what nobody on the court has been able to manage this year: Stop Serena Williams.

Williams was too sick Thursday to attend a scheduled news conference with older sister Venus at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The Palm Beach Gardens resident is slated to play Francesca Schiavone of Italy tonight on the Stadium court at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

Adam Barrett, the tournament director, said he moved Williams' 2003 Miami debut back to the second evening match on the showcase court, after No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt's tournament opener against Francisco Clavet, to give Serena as much time as possible "to rest and get her strength back."

"First off, we hope she's feeling better," Barrett said. "She's the No. 1 seed. She's the defending champion. She's won the last four Grand Slams. She's 11 and 0 this year. As a tournament director, yeah, I'm concerned."

Serena, 21, was supposed to appear alongside her sister to promote an Internet auction they are holding to benefit the Tom Joyner Foundation. Venus, 22, appeared at the podium alone. At one point, she looked over her shoulder at a cardboard promotional picture of Serena for Doublemint gum and said, "There she is. She's not too talkative."

Later, when Venus was asked why Serena couldn't make it to the news conference, she squirmed in her seat and said, "She just wasn't able to make it."

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 2003, 07:56 PM
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Nooooooooooo

I hope Serena feels better. If she can get by Schiavone, then she'll get a day off. But I know that Serena will not take to the court unless she feels 100%. She can't risk having to retire in the match and mess up her "no loss goal".

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she squirmed in her seat and said, "She just wasn't able to make it."
Did Venus kidnap Serena?
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seems that injury prone pre 2002 serena has returned

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selesrules...what are u talking about. are u joking.

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The same way Graf was waaaaaay better than seles
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Well I just called and they said she has not confirmed that she will or will not play tonight.

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Serena can do this (please please please Serena be better to play). You have to be strong. Shes played Henin, Capriati, and many others injured. I really hope that she is strong enough to play. Because if I have to sit for two weeks with no Serena, I am going to cry.
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Serena is sick sooo often...

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Glenn,
Question: When was the last time you remember her being sick?

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Is she sick often? I don't chart the activity of her immune system, myself And even if she was sick a lot, what difference does it make? Sick is sick, and sick sucks.
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how long does a stomach virus usually last??
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It's not the same as an injury. If it's worse or better depends on how sick she is. If she's real sick then she shouldn't play.
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She better not play if she is not 100%

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Considering a stomach virus usually means nausau and/or diarrhea, I can totally understand not wanting to take the court.
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