I can't wait! I'll be writing so many great articles on VenusWilliams.com during Wimbledon, and leading up to Wimbledon!
Apr 18th, 2004, 09:34 PM
I feel like I'm talking to myself! GO VEE!
Apr 18th, 2004, 09:48 PM
I feel like I'm talking to myself! GO VEE!
You're not alone,
Right with ya' baby! :yeah:
Go Queen Vee! :bounce:
Time to be re-coronated! :worship:
Apr 21st, 2004, 02:55 AM
Come on girl! This is YOUR title to win!
Apr 28th, 2004, 07:14 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship: Prove to all the haters that you are the one and only true Queen of tennis and Wimbledon :worship: :worship: :worship:
May 2nd, 2004, 12:56 PM
Do it again Vee ;)
May 3rd, 2004, 03:16 AM
Good luck at getting a third Wimbledon Title Venus!! :bounce:
May 4th, 2004, 07:12 AM
Vamos girl! This title is YOURS!
May 13th, 2004, 10:57 AM
:bounce: :bounce: Vee, Queen On Grass :wavey: :bounce:
May 28th, 2004, 10:50 PM
Do it again Venus!!!
Jun 4th, 2004, 08:20 PM
:kiss: Venus, win it all! :kiss:
Jun 6th, 2004, 03:20 AM
LET'S GO VENUS!:hearts:
Venus, the only one stopping you from winning this thing (besides injuries) is yourself. Just do us all a favor: Show up. Bring your A Game, leave the errors in Paris and retake the throne that is rightfully yours. Hopefully, you will relinquish your illustrious career and give your greatest fans something to celebrate about. And maybe a drubbing of Serena on the way to the title wouldn't be too bad either, huh Vee?;) :kiss:
GO VENUS, THE TWO TIME CHAMPION, 4 STRAIGHT-TIME FINALIST, QUEEN OF GRASS!:hearts: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
Jun 6th, 2004, 05:25 PM
Lets Go Venus!!!!! :worship:
Take home the Venus Rosewater Dish!! :yippee:
Jun 7th, 2004, 12:51 AM
Vamos Venus! Me Encanta Usted! :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:
Jun 7th, 2004, 08:43 PM
Good luck Venus!
Jun 8th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Go Venus :hearts:
You know you can win!
Jun 9th, 2004, 01:22 PM
Go Venus!!! :cool:
She's gonna be the
2004 Wimbledon Champion!!! :yeah:
The Queen of Grasshttp://www.venuswilliams.com/pix/1.gifhttp://www.venuswilliams.com/pix/1.gif6/10/04 1:48 PM
Early on in her career, one would expect the grass would suit her game perfectly and Venus quickly showed she could play on grass, when she made her professional debut at Wimbledon in 1997. The weather was terrible the first week of Wimbledon. Venus’ first round match wasn’t fully completed until the first Saturday because of the rain! An unknown Magdalena Grzybowska ended Venus’ hopes of winning a round, edging her 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the opening round.
Still, one had to think it was only a matter of time.
The following year, 1998, Venus advanced to the quarter finals, without the loss of a set. And she had beaten some quality opponents, including Barbara Schett and Chanda Rubin. Venus faced Jana Novotna, a grass court specialist. The match was very close...and very dramatic. A few close baseline calls went the way of Novotna, causing Venus to lose some focus. The result? A tough 7-5 7-6(7-2) victory for Novotna, who would go on to win the title. Venus seemed to learn from the match, as she rarely, if ever, questions calls any more.
1999, Venus found herself in similar circumstances. She had advanced to the quarter finals, after overcoming Anna Kournikova in a tough round of 16 battle. She was set to face #2 seed, and the reigning French Open Champion, Steffi Graf. The match was a classic battle, as they engaged in numerous long baseline rallies. After a couple rain delays, Graf emerged the victor 6-2 3-6 6-4. Still, many felt this was the best match of the entire tournament, and it proved to everyone that Venus was going to be a force on the grass courts in England.
In 2000, not many were looking at Venus as a threat. She had missed the first 5 months of the season with injury, and her match record was only 6-3. Venus stormed through the first week, without the loss of a set. It set up another tough quarter final, with world’s #1 Martina Hingis. While Venus had her moments against Hingis, she had never beaten her in a Grand Slam. Venus quickly stormed out and won the opening set 6-3. In the second set, Venus continued to find the corners, going up a break 2-1. Then nerves, errors and Hingis’ rising level of play got to Venus. Hingis took the second set 6-4. By the time Venus broke to go up 3-2 in the third set, there had been 9 straight breaks of service. Venus picked up her first serve speed and percentage from then on. On match point, Venus cracked a huge ace out wide. Venus won 6-3 4-6 6-4 to advance to her first semi final at Wimbledon.
Her semi final opponent was none other than sister Serena, who had demolished everyone in her path to reach her first semi final at Wimbledon. The Venus vs. Serena match up was hyped all around the world...and the sisters wouldn’t disappoint.
The first set was a little shaky from Serena’s side, as Venus cruised to a 6-2 victory. In the second set though, Serena picked it up. Both players got to 6-6 using good serving, and amazing court coverage. Serena took a slight lead in the tie break, leading 3-1. Venus picked it up, and Serena never won another point. A 6-2 7-6(7-3) put Venus into her first Wimbledon final, although it clearly pained her to beat her sister, as she comforted Serena at the net.
In 2001, Venus returned as the regal defending Champion. Again, many people were writing Venus off after she suffered a shocking first round loss at the French Open. But Venus stormed through the draw. Her serve was the best it had ever been in the late stages. In the semi finals, Venus once again took out Lindsay Davenport in a 6-2 6-7(1-7) 6-1 win. Davenport broke Venus’ serve twice, while Venus broke Davenport’s serve seven times. In the finals, Venus faced Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, who was playing her first major final. Venus stormed through 6-1 3-6 6-0 to win her second straight Wimbledon title. Venus broke Henin-Hardenne five times; Henin broke just once. Venus looked like she was on her way to breaking Navratilova’s record 9 singles titles in Wimbledon.
At the 2002 event, Venus suffered her first loss three years at the event. She was coming off a runner up showing at Roland Garros. She was seeded #1, for the first time at Wimbledon, and stormed through the draw. She crushed Henin-Hardenne 6-3 6-2 in the semi finals, and was set to face Serena in the finals. The first set was probably the best set of tennis the two sisters ever played against each other. Serena edged Venus 7-6(7-4), and rolled to a 7-6 6-3 win. Venus’ run at Wimbledon was over. After the match, Serena graciously said that perhaps Venus had a slight shoulder injury, which prevented her from serving her best. But the classy Venus made no excuses, saying Serena was the better play that day.
As we approach the 2004 Championships, Venus seeks to make more history. Venus is trying to advance to her fifth straight final, only Martina Navratilova can say the same (in the Open Era) and her third Wimbledon title.
By Dallas Walsh / Staff Writer
Jun 12th, 2004, 04:40 AM
Jun 15th, 2004, 04:10 PM
lets go Venus take this title!
Jun 15th, 2004, 08:32 PM
yeah...let's go Venus. Get that Dish!
Jun 17th, 2004, 12:06 AM
VAMOS VENUS! #3 seed for #3 title! :worship:
Jun 17th, 2004, 04:13 AM
Ok V, 2000 all over again baby
Jun 17th, 2004, 11:39 AM
Jun 17th, 2004, 12:00 PM
Go go go Venus!! You must win the title and break your slam drought!! :bounce:
Venus Williams interview Monday, June 21, 2004http://www.wimbledon.org/images/players/wtaw220.jpg
Venus Williams (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/bios/ws/wtaw220.html) Watch the Videohttp://www.wimbledon.org/images/misc/video_blip.gif Venus Back on Track (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2004-06-21/200406211087849733769.html#)Venus Williams interview
Monday, June 21, 2004
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus.
Q. Did you feel like you were racing the weather a little bit there at the end?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It was really tricky because sometimes it was clear, sometimes there was a cloud. Even before the rain started, they covered the courts.
But I've learned that I can't rush it or else I start making mistakes.
Q. Is there a little awareness that the drops are falling there in the last game, a point or two from victory?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Exactly, a little bit. But, you know, I felt comfortable at that point, and it was fairly close to being closed out, so I was ready.
Q. 11 unforced errors. Looked like a very clean performance. How did you feel about it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, that was good actually. I was looking at these stats and seeing what the errors were going to be. I would have liked to always have a little less, but it was a good game for me.
Q. How do you feel this year compared to 12 months ago?
VENUS WILLIAMS: That was such a long time ago. I have to go back, back, back.
I guess good. I mean, I suppose I can compare my form to last year in the early rounds around this time, yes.
Q. You won six of your seven points at the net, which begs the question: Why don't you come to the net more often?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I mean, you could see I was on my way. But I hit a lot of winners, so...
By the time it was time to hit a volley, I had already hit a winner, what have you.
Q. Martina Navratilova was in here talking about it's kind of hard to make that commitment to go to the net, you have to convince yourself in your mind that it's a good idea. Can you talk us through, is there some talking you do in your head to get yourself up there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think what I do is I have to have a game plan going in and stick to it. But I think I was just somewhat raised as a baseliner, an aggressive player, of course, all‑court game. The baseline is pretty much where I like to be. But I definitely understand the net game a little bit more, the last two months.
Q. How much has Billie Jean helped with that? Is she still pushing you to do that more?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Right, right. Really positive atmosphere atFed Cup when I had the chance to be under ‑‑ be I guess her little pupil, along with Zina. They both have perfect volleys.
WhenSerena and I are passing down the halls, we look at the old pictures of everyone playing. We're like, "See how she 's looking at the ball? Look how the racquet's out in front. Why aren't you do that kind of thing?"
So we were just looking at Billie's picture the other day, Serena was commenting, "She's an expert on volleys." We've learned a lot from her.
Q. Did you see any of Martina's match today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Maybe one or two points. I was getting ready for my match.
Q. What was your reaction to that score?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Congratulations, really. I think it takes a while to get back in the swing of singles, especially, you know, if you've been out so many years, as she has. So, obviously, she's doing something right.
Q. Does it reflect badly on the women's tour for a 47‑year‑old woman, even though it is Martina Navratilova, to win a match as easily as that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think it reflects well on Martina. She's in wonderful shape. She understands the game probably more than ever at this point.
Q. When you watch her playing and see the way she plays and goes to the net, is it tempting for you to want to do it that way yourself?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really. I like my game. I like how I play. I don't know.
I think you have to mix it up. If you're constantly coming to the net, someone's going to know, "She's coming to the net." If you can play from the baseline and then come in, this is trickier to me.
Q. Being back at Wimbledon, especially after that difficult final last year, was it a nice feeling? What kind of feeling did it give you stepping out on the grounds?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm always happy to be back. It's so nice. I know I can play as fast as I want to. Possibly I play even faster here. I don't even have to go for as much placement on my serve. I just hit it.
I just have a lot of fun on this surface.
Q. And the reaction of the crowd at the end? They gave you a generous round of applause.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I know. That was nice. And then I kind of missed a shot. I think I had a breakpoint against me. There was a collective sigh. I was like, "Wait a minute, what's going on here?" I'm used to people being very nice, but not so nice like that. I did have a chance to enjoy that moment.
Q. What were the best tips in your notes today that you were reading courtside?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I only had about five tips today. Just stay focused. It's so important.
Q. Was that a new outfit?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's a new outfit. It's kind of more reminiscent of evening wear than tennis wear.
Q. Is that something you designed?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. It's definitely Diane von Furstenberg.
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's really comfortable, really fun, really elegant. I love the hem line. It's definitely what's going on this summer. I guess I'm just in fashion.
Q. About the fans, do you think maybe your last 12 months with your injury problems, you're seen as a bit more human?
VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I don't know. I always hope that people saw me as human. Obviously, a steely competitor, that's very important to me. But, yeah, I even struggled all year long. I've twisted both ankles. I've had a lower leg strain where I had to pull out of a few events. I've hardly played in an event healthy or prepared. It's been very difficult.
I keep teasing my physio. "If I laugh too hard, I might get injured."
Q. How is your health, your ankle, stomach?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, my stomach's fine. Hopefully a ghost, history. My ankles, obviously I have to tape them. Don't really like to, but I tape them because I'm a bit fragile now in that area.
Q. Any lingering pain from Roland Garros?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Since that time, I've like turned it a couple more times. And I don't know why, I think once you do it once or twice, you lose a little bit of stability. So once I can just kind of not twist it the next couple of months, I should get everything back to normal.
Q. Which ankle is it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Mostly the left these days.
Q. And the wrist?
VENUS WILLIAMS: What about the wrist?
Q. The wrist is okay?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, thank you (smiling).
Q. Is it difficult not to go easy on the ankle, knowing it's a bit fragile?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I've noticed that my feet on this surface, especially the return, I haven't been moving as quickly as I've wanted to.
With the grass, you can kind of get stuck a little bit. I think subconsciously I'm thinking about that, but it hasn't stopped me.