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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 2003, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Williams sisters to return in January

Williams sisters plan to return in January


November 4, 2003
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Serena and Venus Williams plan to return to playing tennis in January, six months after each of them was sidelined with injuries.

They each plan to play in the Australian Open, beginning Jan. 19. Serena is the defending champion, having beaten Venus for the title.

Serena had left knee surgery Aug. 1, and she said Monday night that her knee is ``doing really good.''

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Serena said her first event in 2004 will be the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, a mixed team event that begins Jan. 3. She and James Blake won last year's title for the United States.

Serena had a 38-3 match record and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year. She was a semifinalist at the French Open, then skipped the U.S. Open after having surgery.

Venus also has resumed hitting in preparation for playing an unspecified warmup event before the Australian Open.

Neither sister has played since Wimbledon, where Venus lost to Serena in the final. Venus has been sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle that first bothered her in April.
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Oh good, that is a relief!! To know that they are both planning to come back and to know that Serena does plan to play the Hopman Cup!!

Sounds like Venus was just resting her stomach till there was absolutely no pain at all. I wonder what warm-up event she will be playing??


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at this point...I won't believe anything till they actually come out on the court.
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I am so glad maybe Venus plays some warm up event before the OZ

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I wonder if Venus will play Sydney
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I wonder if Venus will play Sydney
I doubt it. I think that's one week before the Aussie right?? I don't know if Venus would do that. She does it a New Haven though, but that's the only one she's done it at recently.
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Venus is playing the Hong Kong exhibition.

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So will the Aus Open bump their seedings to Nos 3 and 4 ???
Serena will be ranked 3, so she'll be seeded 3 anyway.

As for Venus...who knows?

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at this point...I won't believe anything till they actually come out on the court.
So, it seems there's someone else other than "Thomas" that's a "doubter" too...!!!


*persond wonders to himself, why in hell should WtaTour4Ever care about when Venus returns to the tour...??? It's not like he's a fan...!!!*
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stop being so sensitive Persond.. WtaTour4Ever is a Venus and Serena fan!

I'm assuming unspecified warmup event is the Hong Kong exhibition.


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So, it seems there's someone else other than "Thomas" that's a "doubter" too...!!!


*persond wonders to himself, why in hell should WtaTour4Ever care about when Venus returns to the tour...??? It's not like he's a fan...!!!*

haha ... thanks Sunset

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They're coming back. Hurrah!

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Serena will be back for the Hopman Cup in Perth from 3 January, and Venus two weeks later at the Australian Open.

The sisters will be absent from the eight-woman WTA Tour Championships, starting on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Venus first picked up an abdominal tear at a tournament in Warsaw in April, while Serena underwent knee surgery in August.

Venus to miss season climax
"I'm definitely planning on playing the Australian," said Venus, speaking at at the annual WTA Tour Charities Gala and Fashion Show in Santa Monica.

"I'm disappointed I couldn't be in the championships but, the way I look at it, some things aren't meant to be.

"I'm looking forward to starting up next year. I'm doing a lot better, I'm approaching the 90th percentile, but it took a lot longer than I ever imagined."

Serena said: "I'm going to play the Hopman Cup. I really enjoyed that last year.

"We really miss being on the tour. It's such a great atmosphere, it's like one big family.

"Obviously I miss it a lot but don't want to dwell on it too much."

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