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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2003, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Serena pulls out of Berlin

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 15, 2003) – World No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from next month’s MasterCard German Open in Berlin, the WTA Tour announced Tuesday.

Williams, 21, is bypassing the Berlin tournament, which begins May 5, in order to rest and continue her preparation for the upcoming European portion of the season. Her next scheduled event is the Telecom Italia Masters, beginning May 12, in Rome, Italy.

“After playing so many matches at the beginning of 2003, I have decided to take an additional week off to prepare for the European season,’’ said Williams, who reached the final in Berlin last year where she lost a close, three-set match to Justine Henin-Hardenne. “My focus right now is to prepare myself both mentally and physically for the upcoming major events in May and June. I regret that I will not be returning to the MasterCard German Open in 2003 where I have had so much success, but I do look forward to returning to Rome."

Williams, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is off to an impressive start this season, winning 21 of her 22 matches in 2003 and completing a “Serena Slam,’’ sweeping the past four Grand Slam titles (2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open, 2003 Australian Open). In four appearances this season, she has won three titles (Australian Open, Open Gaz de France and NASDAQ-100 Open) and reached one final (Family Circle Cup
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Too bad, I hope that she stays in Rome, but I really do think the Williams' shoud commit to more tournaments!!!

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Well, only she knows what is best for her and her body, so I'll trust that Serena is doing the right thing. Besides...at this point, she has so many ranking points...it's not going to make much of a difference.

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Maybe now Venus will play Berlin?! Since she'll be in Warsaw, she may just jet over to Berlin...but then she's scheduled to play Roma, so that may be too much tennis for her.

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I hope venus takes her place like she did last year in paris.

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Maybe Venus will play Warsaw and Berlin, and skip Rome, leaving that for Serena.

A sensible idea if you work under the assumption that they avoid scheduling the same events since they don't like having to play each other.
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At least this time she won't be criticized for pulling out
in the last minute.
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Serena just doesnt want to play...because she sure hasnt played that many matches...

But whatever works for your Princess...I hope the Queen takes her spot...

Serena must have an audition

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That's 26 matches she has played.
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Serena just doesnt want to play...because she sure hasnt played that many matches...

But whatever works for your Princess...I hope the Queen takes her spot...

Serena must have an audition
I agree.

But, this can be bad news for Venus if she doesn't enter. Kim will gain many points here, and may even win the title, giving her a lot of points, pushing Venus right back down to #3.

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I hope Venus enters...why play a tournament with Serena if you don't have to...

If Vee goes deep in Warsaw and whatever her other tourney is, she should be fine for #2 at RG

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Sort of shocking to realize that Venus Williams has played only 14 matches this year.
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Sort of shocking to realize that Venus Williams has played only 14 matches this year.
Especially when you consider she won more matches then anyone else did last year


Serena...I wonder if the loss at FCC took more out of then we realize? She played FCC, Berlin and Rome last year and look what happened...a Roland Garros title. I hope she's not playing to little...if that's possible.

Anyway, I support Serena and her decision. She knows what's best for her
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