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Doubts grow over Venus' future

Doubts grow over Venus' future
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May 7 2003
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VENUS Williams' tennis future looks more uncertain than ever after her decision to withdraw from the $US1.262 million ($2 million) German Open with a pulled abdominal muscle.

For the second time within a week the elder Williams sister has pulled out of a big money tournament - only a few days ago she withdrew from next week's Rome Masters.

That means that the former world No.1 has played in only four WTA Tour events all year, and has not won a title in more than eight months.

She may now go into the French Open in Paris in three weeks time less well prepared for a grand slam tournament than ever before - if, that is, she has recovered at all.

"It is not good when it is an abdominal strain," Williams said.

"It needs more time but it's not my job to sit at a desk."

This reference may well be an attempt to answer suggestions that the 22-year-old American is now more interested in her interior design business than in her tennis.

The rumours increased when, after suffering one of the worst defeats of her career, to compatriot Meghann Shaughnessy in Miami in March, Williams immediately announced she was taking a month off.

That increased perceptions that since Serena Williams took over from her as the world's leading player during the second half of last year, there has been a lack of drive by Venus to respond.

"My plan is to take each day at a time, have some rest, and be fit again as soon as possible, " Venus concluded, without creating a great sense of optimism.

Her absence means that Justine Henin-Hardenne, the titleholder from Belgium, moves up to second seed here and has a likely semifinal with Amelie Mauresmo, the former finalist from France who moves up to fourth.

It also caused Ai Sugiyama, the 13th seed, to be moved across the draw into the number nine spot - a change which brought ill-luck because she became one of two seeded players to go out on the opening day.

The Japanese player was beaten 6-1 7-5 by Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian, a 19-year-old Swiss player who broke into the top 50 for the first time last year and who now looks likely to make the top 30.

The other beaten seed was Elena Dementieva, the No.10, who only last month won the first WTA Tour title of her career, beating Lindsay Davenport in the final at Amelia Island.

Today, however, she ran into trouble against Dinara Safin, the hard-hitting 17-year-old sister of Marat Safin.

She suffered a strain in her left foot, eventually retiring after losing the first game of the final set.


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She has won a title, in Antwerp
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I seriously doubt Venus will stop, but of course the writer just wants people to read and discuss the article, so at least that objective was met.
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"...it's not my job to sit at a desk."
Funny, to me that means that it IS her job to play tennis. WTF? She pulled out of Rome because she expected to be playing everywhere else. Talk about stretching.

And someone tell the character who wrote this Momo isn't just a former finalist, she won the damn thing in 2001 (shows what they know )

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It also says she hans't won a title in 8 months , I guess the title in Antwerp doesn't count.

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Her loss to Meghann was one of the worst of her career? She's had much worse losses at the hands of Hingis. 7-6,6-1 wasn't the worst loss of her career.

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I was thinking the same thing!!
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This article is, plainly put, caca. As Griff pointed out, the author totally missed meaning of her "desk job" reference. Sensationalized garbage, w/o even bothering to getting the facts (Antwerp!) straight.

How does this crap get published?
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this is just the same exactl article from a couple days ago, with a different title

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and has not won a title in more than eight months.
oh, i didn't realize antwerp was so long ago...


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Frankly I think that's a lot of hooey. It's harshing over minutia in an attempt to make a juicy "story" where there is none. ugh I pray that Venus prove this bored writer wrong


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This article was not well prepared. You could tell because it started out with a subject and the author never backed the headline with any new info.

It's not well researched questioning the author's knowledge of tennis considering he missed something so recent as Venus' last title. How could Venus' career be in doubt?

She withdrew from the tourney this week cos she was injured. If she withdrew from RG then there's a valid point.

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Yes, the Sydney Morning Herald said no title for 8 months too and I was thinking huh? 8 months isn't even right for her last slam so maybe they just made it up!!

Anyway, sure her immediate future (like, the next month) might be in doubt but I'm sure she'll be back strong and ready for Wimbledon if not the French Open (and I hope she's OK for the French too). They're probably just scrounging for a headline. Lleyton hasn't played much this year either but I haven't seen any suggestion that he's about to retire.
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writers who don't research their shit before writing paragraphs of bullshit need to have their fingers cut off and fed to dogs. but they already look like an ass in front of the world who knows better so maybe that's a little harsh.

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She misses a few tournaments gets a bit injured... Loses a couple of matches and so that means she's close to retirement????? Um... I always thought tennis was a game where sometimes you win... Sometimes you lose. Not a win win win thing and if you stop winning for a bit you have to quit! They musta got sick of getting the same answers out of Monica all the time so decided they better go retire Venus.

If Serena loses the French Open and Wimbledon... Betcha they say she's gonna quit to be a movie star or something.
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Diva and you know this. the next time Serena loses she's going to retire according to the media.

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