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tennisIlove09
Apr 7th, 2004, 10:45 PM
Upbeat Serena enjoying competition after layoff


http://www.wtafans.com/cgi/test/upload_pic/news/spt_BauschLomb840604.jpg © About 5,000 fans attended the day session Tuesday, many packing the center-court stadium to watch Martina Navratilova's match against Milagros Sequera.


By DAVID JOHNSON
The Times-Union

Serena Williams has a new attitude.

"I'm just really enjoying myself out here. I love to compete," said the world's seventh-ranked player, who returned from an eight-month layoff to win the Nasdaq-100 Open last week.

"I just really want to be out here. I don't care what happens. I really want to play this


tournament."

Williams defeated defending Amelia Island champ Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday for the win in Key Biscayne.


Crowd scene for Martina

Everybody wanted to get in the action in Martina Navratilova's return to singles tennis.

While fans packed into the center-court stadium to set a record for a Tuesday day session, even the court workers were clamoring to watch.

"It's one of the matches all the ballboys want to help with," said Michael McClain of Camden County.

This is McClain's second year working at Amelia Island, and he said tournament officials wanted the most experienced court workers for Navratilova's match.

Three other ballboys who were off that match sat in the front row to watch.

During warmups, one said "She's bigger than [Andre] Agassi. She's like the god of tennis."


Davenport sharp in return


No. 4 Lindsay Davenport's wrist felt better.

The 1997 Amelia Island champ defeated Tian Tian Sun 6-2, 7-5 on Tuesday after retiring in a doubles match Monday.

Davenport aggravated the right wrist injury during a match with partner Corina Morariu against Myriam Casanova and Alicia Molik during the first day at the Bausch & Lomb Championships. Casanova and Molik led the doubles match 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 when Davenport retired.

"It held up pretty well [in singles]," Davenport said. "I thought it hindered me a bit. I was a little hesitant to really hit one with everything."

Davenport's injury ensured that a new doubles champion will be crowned. She won the 2003 doubles title with former Florida star Lisa Raymond.

DA FOREHAND
Apr 7th, 2004, 10:50 PM
Yeah use Serena's name to get people to read your article. Those tennis writers.