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tennisIlove09
Apr 12th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Vamos Venus! This is your year for Paris Magic! :worship:

Paneru
Apr 12th, 2004, 04:47 PM
Go Venus! :bounce:

STAY HEALTHY!!! :kiss: :wavey:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Apr 12th, 2004, 05:06 PM
Go Big V!

jean_genie
Apr 12th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Let's Go Vee!!! You can Do it!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

venusgold
Apr 12th, 2004, 09:38 PM
Goodluck Venus!

tennisIlove09
Apr 15th, 2004, 02:03 AM
Come on Vee!

tennisIlove09
Apr 18th, 2004, 08:33 PM
Holla! First Paris title; 5th major! GO GIRL!

Paneru
Apr 18th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Holla! First Paris title; 5th major! GO GIRL!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Apr 21st, 2004, 06:54 PM
Holla! Win in Paris girl! It's destiny!

tennisIlove09
Apr 23rd, 2004, 05:24 PM
Vamos girl! :worship:

tennisIlove09
Apr 28th, 2004, 06:13 AM
:worship:

Keep supporting Vee fans!

Paneru
Apr 28th, 2004, 06:21 PM
"A funny thing happen last week that I have to mention. I started coming to the net. Like a lot. And I LIKED IT! It started to come so natural. I started running in, attacking short balls, vollying like a maniac and winning every point! This week I have continued this at practice and I know that this will be key for me at the French Open and for the rest of my career."

Go Venus! :worship:

LindsayRocks89
May 3rd, 2004, 02:11 AM
Good Luck Venus! :bounce:

tennisIlove09
May 4th, 2004, 06:07 AM
"One Goal...One Dream....One Destiny. Venus in Paris"

Go Venus!

Paneru
May 9th, 2004, 11:37 AM
I pray she is healthy and ready to claim
what is her's for the taking!

Go Vee! :bounce:

Bероника
May 9th, 2004, 12:46 PM
Allez Venus!!!!!!!

tennisIlove09
May 10th, 2004, 06:45 AM
please please please be healthy girl!

DUNEMAN
May 12th, 2004, 09:03 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: 2004 QQueen On Clay :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Siyasema
May 14th, 2004, 02:33 AM
I really want Venus to get this one and I hope that her good form follows her to Roland Garros. Hopefully she'll heal from her injury to come back and take this title.

tennisIlove09
May 14th, 2004, 04:19 AM
Venus will so win this title! Slam #5 baby!

VenusSerenaBlvd.
May 15th, 2004, 03:55 PM
Go Venus! Continue your Winning Ways! Conquer Roland Garros!

CJ07
May 15th, 2004, 05:02 PM
Just Be Healthy V!

Venusismyhero
May 15th, 2004, 08:40 PM
Come on Vee! U can take this baby!

power26
May 16th, 2004, 06:00 AM
I Trust The Universe To Give This Title To Vee!!!

Paneru
May 16th, 2004, 01:18 PM
I Trust The Universe To Give This Title To Vee!!!
Vee is in orbit and she's gonna take what's her's!
The Universe see's Vee a comin' and being the
Planetary Goddess she is, she's gonna get what she desires! :worship:

Loulou
May 18th, 2004, 09:11 AM
JUST DO IT VENUS:hearts: :yippee: !

tennisIlove09
May 18th, 2004, 08:05 PM
I pray for Venus and her success every day!

Venusismyhero
May 18th, 2004, 11:23 PM
Lets Go Venus! I hope you're healthy and happy cuz we bouts 2 take this title lets do it girl!

tennisIlove09
May 19th, 2004, 04:25 AM
:worship: I have faith! Go girl!

Paneru
May 21st, 2004, 01:04 PM
Venus' projected road to the Final

1st rd - Tamarina Tanasugarn (THA) h2h 3:0
2nd rd - Jelena Kostanic (CRO) h2h 1:0
3rd rd - Mary Pierce [30] (FRA) h2h 5:2 (1 ret. from Venus)
4th rd - Chanda Rubin [13] (USA) h2h 8:1
QF - Anastacia Myskina [6] (RUS) h2h 2:0
SF - Serena Williams [2] (USA) h2h 5:7
F - Justine Henin-Hardenne [1] (USA) h2h 7:1


Venus can do this!!! :bounce:

BTW, I don't see Pierce, Rubin, or Myskina with their current
form making it to Venus in which she could play,
Schual or Leon Garcia, Zuluaga, & Sprem.

Also, Serena is slated to meet Jenn in the QF's so
that could be interesting looking at their last meeting
last week. And I'd say Mauresmo in the final because
with her current play she can beat Justine but, her mentality
may play a factor.


GOOD LUCK VENUS!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

MrV
May 21st, 2004, 03:49 PM
GOOD LUCK QUEEN VEE!!! :devil: :devil: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
May 22nd, 2004, 01:11 AM
I dont see anyone beating the Queen! Go Girl!

Dymension
May 22nd, 2004, 09:05 AM
Go Queen Vee :D :bounce:

DUNEMAN
May 22nd, 2004, 12:28 PM
:bounce: :lol: :lol: Work your Magic Vee, GOOOOOOOO VENUS :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CJ07
May 22nd, 2004, 04:10 PM
:bounce: :lol: :lol: Work your Magic Vee, GOOOOOOOO VENUS :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Just do it Venus. :kiss: :worship:

Foot_Fault
May 22nd, 2004, 06:04 PM
Just do your thing Venus...Love you!

StarDuvallGrant
May 23rd, 2004, 06:04 AM
Go Venus - get that title!

DUNEMAN
May 23rd, 2004, 01:39 PM
ALL Hail The Queen

CJ07
May 23rd, 2004, 05:45 PM
Venus finding her groove

By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer
Posted May 23 2004

PARIS ∑ There was no question about Venus Williams' high spirits as she and sister Serena dance-stepped their way through a one and a half hour practice Saturday, joking about 1980s movie disco music between drills.

But there were serious questions about Venus' ability to play the French Open, which begins Monday.

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"I'm doing the best I can," she said when asked if she's ready to play, 15 days after severely spraining her left ankle near the end of a semifinal win over Karolina Sprem in Berlin. Venus, seeded fourth here, gave a walkover to Amelie Mauresmo in the final and hasn't competed since.

After two weeks of treatment, it's obvious she's not physically at her best. She's moving beautifully to her right but seems reluctant to plant heavily with her left foot going the other way.

Most of the practice was filled with serving and service returns, though Venus spent the last 20 minutes testing her movement in rallies without making any desperate stretches for the ball.

Still, there was nothing dour about her demeanor. During a sideline break, she and Serena faced each other and, acting out a scene from a disco film, Serena gave her sister a playful shove and Venus, right on cue, grooved into a dance step.

Venus has had almost a full year of bad luck. Knee and abdominal injuries may have cost her a third Wimbledon title last year and now, with a 14-0 record on clay going into the Sprem match, she seemed in great form to win her first French.

And then she turned her ankle running to return a backhand.

Saturday's drills were designed to limit Venus' movement. Serena did most of the serving with her older sister hitting returns very solidly and with full impact from a more or less stationary position.

Venus is scheduled to play Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand on Tuesday with the rest of the bottom half of the draw.

Siyasema
May 23rd, 2004, 09:08 PM
I hope Venus can find that groove like she did when she was putting win after win together. I hope the ankle holds up and that she wins. It would be great for Venus and tennis if she did.

tennisIlove09
May 23rd, 2004, 09:13 PM
Venus --- My Arrival in Paris

5/23/04 8:22 PM

Hi everyone! I want to thank all of you who took the time to come over to my live chat session Thursday at USAToday.com. For all of you that could not make it scope out what you missed here. There will be more updates everyday that I am in Paris. Be sure to read my French Open diary beginning Tuesday, May 25th in USA Today where I will update you on what's going on at the French Open and, more importantly for some of you, what is going on in my life. You can also see my updates right here on my website.

I am now in Paris. I just flew in today, so my words are fresh from Paris and I am just anticipating the excitement of my first match. I know, everyone wants to know how my ankle is. Well, would I come all this way (nine hour flight, jet lag, yada yada yada) for nothing? I won't go into details just yet , but I am all set to go.

Oh yeah, there's good news: I finally saw Serena. I have not seen her since the Family Cirlce Cup in Charleston - five weeks ago. When I finally arrived at the hotel ( the driver first took me to the tennis center. I remind you that I had JUST arrived from the airport, nine hour flight as you know and tons of luggage, just why, why would I want to go to the tennis center instead of the hotel????) I knew Serena and my mom had also just arrived because I saw Serena's guitar case waiting to be taken up to her room. Not everyone has a Taylor guitar (I copied her and got one too but hers is better).

Heres a Blooper: I just checked in and I was happily on my way to my room, I was dying for sleep and I was so tired that I was delirious from my, you guessed it, nine hour flight. What do you know, someone is already checked into the room! The bags looked familiar, like yeah because the are the bags of my hitting partner! I start making some noise and the doors of the other rooms start opening around me and out pops my mom, right next door! Out pops my physio therapist, on the other side! One big happy family, we are reunited and have a group hug - only because it irks my mom, I mean DJ Funky G (will explain later), when we get all sappy so of course we love to do it. We just have fun, win or lose, but mostly win, of course.

Finally I got the room situation straightened out, important because I was so tired that by then I couldn't even understand English. As I was getting on the elevator to go to my 'real' room I hear Serena coming from all the way down the hall. She looks so cute, her hair is awesome. Even though I have not seen her for five weeks it only seems like one. She is so much fun.

So that's my arrival in Paris. Check USA Today everyday for my French Open diary which will also be posted right here on my website. Okay, I am finally going to get some sleep!!!


from: www.venuswilliams.com (http://www.venuswilliams.com/)

tennisIlove09
May 23rd, 2004, 09:13 PM
Vamos girl! No one can beat you!

Sportfan
May 23rd, 2004, 11:43 PM
Good luck in Paris Vee you can do it.

nikki.j
May 24th, 2004, 03:01 AM
This one is yours Venus!

Paneru
May 25th, 2004, 11:30 AM
Good Luck Venus!!! :cool:
Thrash Tanasugarn! :wavey:

Paneru
May 25th, 2004, 05:18 PM
Venus def. Tanasugarn 6-2 6-4!

Next up: Jelena Kostanic

Paneru
May 25th, 2004, 05:20 PM
Good Luck Venus!!! :cool:
Kill Kostanic! :wavey:

tennisIlove09
May 25th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Great win Vee!

Kick butt next round!

tennisIlove09
May 25th, 2004, 08:59 PM
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By Craig Gabriel

PARIS: Venus Williams has shaken off the ankle injury that bothered her a
few weeks ago and showed no signs of any discomfort during her 6-2, 6-4
victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn on Court Suzanne Lenglen. The statuesque
fourth seed came back soundly after a slowish start. She trailed the Thai
player 0-2 in the first set but it was a mere hiccup.

With her wonderful wingspan stretching wide for shots she broke Tanasugarn
in the third game and decided it was fun out there. The games fell one by
one to Venus and in what seemed like the blink of an eye she had reeled off
ten straight games. It was pretty comfortable. However Tanasugarn is no
slouch on the court. She has been ranked among the world's top 20 which
means she can play the game.

Tanasugarn managed to break serve and she got on a roll of three
consecutive games. The euphoria didn't last long and Venus was securely into
the second round.

Everything seemed fine on the court and Venus was not afraid to test out
the ankle by sliding into her returns on the red clay which is actually
made from finely crushed house bricks.

"I was a little stressed out, got a slow start but started to relax further
into the match," said Venus. "So far so good. Just have to keep them short
and simple.

"I really want to be in the event, I want to play pain free, so I think my
feet were slow (and) making some errors. I had to kind of leave that behind
in order for me to play the match."

Even before the match she had to keep her mind very focused. It took a long
time for her and Tanasugarn to get on court. A men's match between Arnaud
Clement and Fabrice Santoro had to be finished from the night before. When
it was stopped the previous evening it was 5-5 in the fifth set, when it
ended, with Santoro winning, it was 16-14.

"It's tough because you don't want to stand there, I think it went two hours
(but) theoretically it could end in two games," said Venus. "Every other
game I was getting up and warming up again, then I'd sit down. So it's a
tough call."

Wearing her classical outfit of a white top with a green check skirt, Venus
looked elegant as she took her long strides across the court. However, the
perfectionist in her suggested that she was not altogether happy with every
aspect of her game and she has earmarked a better performance in the second
round against Jelena Kostanic who she beat not that long ago in Charleston
en route to that title which was her first in 14 months.

It was not long after that that she injured her ankle and could not play.
Venus maintains that it won't be that difficult to get herself back into
that sort of form once more.

"I just have to have confidence that I can be able to play out there and
not have too much on my mind," she said.

To hear exclusive audio from Venus after her first round victory click here.



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tennisIlove09
May 25th, 2004, 09:00 PM
Interivew:

Venus-Tanasugarn
6-2 6-4

Q. Everything looked good out there. Did everything feel good? Was there at any point in the match -- you slid a couple of times. Was there any pain?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I didn't start out sliding in the match really, especially off the backhand. You know, I was a little stressed out, too, starting out, got a slow start. But started to relax further into the match.

So far, so good. Just have to keep them short and simple.



Q. Then when you started sliding to your backhand side, experiencing any pain at all?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I guess if I was, I wouldn't let on.



Q. Why were you stressed out at the start?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, because just I really want to be in the event. I want to play pain-free. So I think my feet were slow. I was slow in general, making some errors. I had to kind of leave that behind in order for me to play the match.



Q. Was it difficult because you probably thought that you would be on the court sooner than you were, the match before you went so long.

VENUS WILLIAMS: My word. How long was that?



Q. More than 2 hours, 50 minutes.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. What can I say? I knew it was going to happen to me. If it's going to happen to anyone, it's going to be me (laughter).



Q. Any concern when she took three straight games?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I was okay. I was disappointed to have lost serves, first serve, a few times. But, no, I was pretty keen on closing it out there, which was important for me, I think.



Q. As a mild fashion aficionado. Any comment on your sister's outfit today?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I didn't know she was wearing pink. I thought she was still wearing the white. I haven't seen her latest fittings. I guess that's why I missed out. I don't open her packages when they come to the house. I just put them on her side. It was nice.



Q. It was nice?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.



Q. You can't miss it, can you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. But you can't miss Serena.



Q. Your fashion statement, a green checked skirt, is that correct?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes. It has a print on the bottom.



Q. Any Irish background to that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Just a little, yeah (smiling).



Q. You call that outfit of Serena's pink. I know she may have a different color in mind, I don't know. I've heard about five different colors from people who watched.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, if you're a writer, then you have to be more creative and call it something.



Q. Excellent advice, thank you.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Exactly.



Q. What makes it such that you probably wouldn't wear something that's probably as "striking"? You would use something a little more classical?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I used to wear striking stuff back in the day. I guess that was the '90s, wasn't it? I guess I've been wearing more classy things lately. I've got a green dress, but I've been winning in that one, so I had a little bit of superstition there.



Q. What has been the evolution of the ankle? How can you describe it from when you went home? And exactly what did you do for it? How did they get it better? How long did it take?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I just had the hardest time getting the swelling out. I didn't know what to do. I was passing by the treatment area and saw this sleeve, so I put the sleeve on and the sleeve saved my life.

So now, you know, the sleeve is like my best friend. I will not part with the sleeve. The sleeve was the only thing that helped me. It kind of had the compression and just pushed everything else, then I was starting to recover.



Q. When was that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Like Wednesday, last Wednesday, yeah. So I'm blessed to be here.



Q. When did you start hitting the ball?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I hit a couple days Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I took off. Then I came here and started hitting.



Q. Yours and your sister's matches were going on simultaneously. I think your mom was at yours. Was that spoken about beforehand, that you wanted the moral support, you wanted her there?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. My mom goes to whichever match she feels she wants to go to. I kept saying to her, "Mom, Serena is going to get on before I do, so you better go talk to her before the match."

I think I did eventually get on before her. But it's tough because you don't want to stand there. I think it was about two hours. Theoretically, it could end in two games. But every other game, I was getting up and warming up again, then I'd sit down. You can't stand up two hours and anticipate warming up. So it's a tough call there.



Q. Venus, in the beginning you used to change outfits for each set. Are you going to go back to that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Probably not. I don't know.



Q. How pleased are you, generally, with your level of play?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm not in general so pleased. But I'd like to do better. It's Round 2 now.



Q. How difficult do you think it will be to get back to the level you were at when you were winning?>

VENUS WILLIAMS: Not so difficult. I just have to have confidence that I can be able to play out there and not have too much on my mind.



Q. Now that you've gotten through this match, are you inclined to take a day off in between the matches, have a light practice or not practice at all?

VENUS WILLIAMS: That would be my dad's recommendation.



Q. What was that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: He always says, "You don't need to be out there hurting yourself and killing yourself." I listen. Then I make my decision.

But, no, that sounds like my dad's advice. He says, "You're good enough to go out there. You don't have to practice." So, yes.



Q. Kind of a trade-off: you can go out and hit more balls tomorrow, but on the other side of the equation is the chance to rest the ankle a day.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Exactly. That has been important. I don't want to be in practice, practicing hard, and then all of a sudden it's all over for me. So in the match it's really important for me to concentrate on the things I need to do, because in practice I can't necessarily run as much as I want to or move my feet as fast as I'd like. So when I get into the match, I really have to give 110% and make sure I'm on to it.

That was a challenge for me today.



Q. Martina Navratilova's match was sort of overlapping both yours and Serena's match. Would you have had any interest in watching her play if the scheduling had been any different?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I've seen her play. I've been on Fed Cup team with her just a few weeks ago. I think that's a tough job for you guys to get around and see everyone.

Did you watch it on TV?



Q. We were out there.

VENUS WILLIAMS: You were out there, losing weight, walking back and forth.



Q. What's it like to hit against her?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I only hit a few minutes against her. Really, the whole time I was hitting, I was just trying to concentrate on my game because we had a tie to play. That was all.



Q. Should she be playing at 47 in singles?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Absolutely. Absolutely. I think that she's just such a great player and just so motivated. Really, if any of us can be doing what she's doing, more power to anyone who can do it.



Q. You have that in sight for yourself?

VENUS WILLIAMS: With the injuries I have (laughter)? I'll be lucky if I can walk on two feet.



Q. Even when healthy, you've had your troubles here. What will it take, besides healing, to get over the hump here?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I suppose maybe this one and the Australian Open are two of my most inconsistent Grand Slams. I don't know. I think it takes me half a year to get rolling maybe.

But I think it's just basically good play. Go out there and play well. It's as simple as that.



Q. In the past you used to hit an ace to close out the game. Is there any area where you have to improve in your game?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would basically say everywhere. Basically everywhere. That's a simple question, simple answer.

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May 25th, 2004, 09:19 PM
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tennisIlove09
May 26th, 2004, 01:53 AM
Fan-Picked Champion....Venus Williams

PARIS - According to a majority of fans who submitted responses through the WTATour.com FanZone, Venus Williams will emerge victorious at this year's Roland Garros for her first Grand Slam win on clay.

Here are some of the reason's why fans believe Venus will win the title, along with some of the other picks by fans to win the title:

My belief is that Venus Williams will take the title. Many people have been overlooking her in predictions to win it all, but prior to her most recent injury in Berlin, she won 15 consecutive matches on clay Ė a feat that would have any Roland Garros opponent shaking in her shoes. She is certainly in better form than she has been in for a year, if not longer. Venus is a formidable opponent with excellent technique and power: a trident of benefits that should have her leaving France with a smile and the highest prize. - Ben Linder

Venus, Venus, Venus! How can one possibly not cheer enough for a player who has been for so long so close to the top of the game (more than 7 Slam finals in the last few years) and has yet to start breaking records. Venus must bounce back. - Eduardo Crespo

I believe that Venus Williams will win Roland Garros because she has found her rhythm on clay. Fighting injuries since her early comeback in Australia she has pressed herself to break back into the Top 10 and has won back to back clay court titles(Family Circle Cup and J&S Cup), and two rubbers on clay (playing for the U.S in Fed Cup). I see Venus's improvement since Australia as a mission statement to the other players saying that the 4 time grand slam champion is very much alive and ready to capture more. - Christopher Huff

My pick for Roland Garros winner is Amelie Mauresmo. Not only has she posted the best results going into the tournament, but she also has two things that are currently somewhat lacking among the other "contenders" for the trophy - Consistency and physical wellness. Her largest obstacle is her historically fragile nerves in front of the home crowd. - Kirk Hornberger, Brighton, MA

There is no doubt in my mind that the winner in the women's division at Roland Garros this year will be...Jelena Kostanic! A "dark horse" she may be, but I see her galloping into the winner's circle. The tough, gritty and young Croat has the experience and weapons to emerge victorious. - Joe Ford

I believe that Serena Williams is going to win the French Open and the reason is that she simply is the best women's player on the Tour today when she is healthy. She is hungry for another major title and she is determined to get back to number one in the rankings. I realize that on the slower clay courts her power is negated somewhat but she still should to be able to overpower and defeat any of the other ladies. If her serve is "on" there is no way she will lose however if she struggles with her serve I can see Jennifer Capriati taking the title. Either way I see an American with the title this year. - Chris Kordas, Wrentham, MA, USA

My Roland Garros Winner is of course Justine Henin-Hardenne. Of course anyone may argue "she hadn't had any decent match on red clay this season" or "she is rusty and coming of from an injury" then why would she win. Even when JHH said she comes to RG not as the favorite to win because of a long lay-off doesn't keep me from saying she will be the eventual champion. I would say she is gonna win because I believe she can and will bring home the RG Hardware. That is what me being a real JHH fan, believe in her even though she hadn't had that match in herself! - Junex Corbeta

Ai Sugiyama has been a talented doubles specialist for over a decade, but last year surged into the top ten at the age of 28. She has appeared at the Round of 16 at the French Open three times. In 1995 when she lost to Rubin in 3 sets. Then in 2000 she fell to Martinez, the finalist, 7-5 3-6 4-6. Last year she led Serena Williams 4-2 before losing 7-5 6-3, and won the doubles title with Kim Clijsters, defeating Ruano Pacual/Suarez 9-7 in the third. Ai's history, strong ground strokes, and counter-punching abilites will help Sugi win her first Grand Slam title in singles. - Austin Jung

Former Champion Jennifer Capriati will take Roland Garros 2004. She has proved the critics wrong in the past with her superb campaign in 2001 and has recently regained that marvelous form which took her to Grand Slam glory! Three years have passed since that French Open win and Jennifer is no longer a dark horse but a serious contender for the title. Her current sharpness, immaculate condition together with her feisty fighting spirit will just be too irresistible this time around. Itís surely time for a Jennifer Capriati jubilation. - Mikey Smith

Silvia Farina Elia has to win, because Italians are waiting for a lady to win a Grand Slam a lifelong time...she is so pretty, well educated and she's playing her best tennis at 32. She scared Clijsters early this year and more recently forced Mauresmo to trail from 5-3 in third set in Rome. Good luck Silvia! - Meloni Roberto

tennisIlove09
May 26th, 2004, 12:50 PM
Venus battles through mental struggles in the first round While in Paris for the French Open, American Venus Williams will send e-mails to USA TODAY describing her various daily experiences throughout the event.
From: Venus Williams

To: USA TODAY readers

Subject: Focus

"I always watch the matches that are on before me. (Tuesday, Venus followed the Fabrice Santoro vs. Arnaud Clement match that lasted 6 hours, 33 minutes). With a match that dramatic, it was hard to refocus. After losing the first two games in my match, it became apparent to me that I was still thinking about Santoro and Clement. My opponent (Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand) did not waste any time in punishing me. I was able to get my focus back by telling myself, 'Hold your serve, Venus,' and then battle back for the break. Then I knew that it was time to pull out the notes, which I write to myself before the match to help me simplify. It worked like magic, because I won the next 10 games in a row making the score 6-2, 4-0. But then I became overconfident and went for shots that were not necessarily the right ones. My opponent won three straight games and was gaining momentum. I realized that I didn't want to be in the same situation as Santoro and Clement, so I strongly urged myself to close it out! (Venus won 6-2, 6-4).

Venus Williams' Web site is www.venuswilliams.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/french/www.venuswilliams.com).

M&M
May 26th, 2004, 02:40 PM
:kiss: allez venus! :kiss:

tennisIlove09
May 27th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Venus def. Kostanic 6-3 6-3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Great win girl!

tennisIlove09
May 27th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Next up: vs. Mary Pierce!

Paneru
May 27th, 2004, 03:59 PM
Good Luck Venus!!! :cool:
Penetrate Pierce! :wavey:

Paneru
May 28th, 2004, 11:03 AM
Venus gets in a rythym to adjust to clay surface
While in Paris for the French Open, American Venus Williams will send e-mails to USA TODAY describing her various daily experiences throughout the event.
From: Venus Williams

To: USA TODAY readers

Subject: Clay

"The myth that I am not a clay-court player is just not true. I admit that I don't need a calculator to tally the number of clay-court titles to my name (six), but I am proud of them! I also realize that the power game that I play classifies me as more likely to win Wimbledon (on grass) instead of the French Open.

"What I have learned over the last nine years is that I can use my power to my advantage on this tricky surface, but muscle is not always the answer. On the other hand, I could never allow myself to retreat behind the baseline and wait for my opponent to make a mistake. The power in my game is one of the factors that has allowed me to achieve everything that I have in this game. However, I have learned that mixing a pinch of spin and a dash of patience with my natural power game is the perfect recipe for getting into the clay-court rhythm.

"Today in practice, I was gradually able to get into that rhythm, which eluded me in my first-round match (against Tamarine Tanasugarn). I was also moving better today in practice because I feel much more at ease on my ankle (which was strained three weeks ago on clay). My mom, always the voice of reason, reminded me that I should not be too vigorous and to save the best for (today's match vs. Jelena Kostanic). What I don't think many people realize is that I love to play on clay. Clay challenges me to evolve my game, and it is these kinds of challenges that motivate me.

Venus Williams' Web site is www.venuswilliams.com


You can listen to post match audio!
Venus walked to the stadium! :lol:

Paneru
May 29th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Good Luck Venus!!! :cool:
Zap Zuluaga! :wavey:

Bероника
May 29th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Yeah!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
May 30th, 2004, 04:46 AM
Go girl! You have the toughest draw...and you are storming through! GO GIRL!

Paneru
May 30th, 2004, 11:47 AM
Did anyone love when Johnny Mac said
Venus was playing like a clay-courter yesterday?

I sure did! :cool:

I'm happy because I'm so sick of people saying she can't play
on clay or that it is her worst surface, especially seeing
as how her worst surface according to the records is
indoor carpet.

venus is playing like a champ and should she and Serena make it to the SF's I don't think people she assume Venus will faulter because she's playing Serena. Not only because of her current form, which can still be improved as the tournament goes on but, it was obvious she was the best player at Wimbledon last year and would've won if it was for the abdominal strain.

I'm just so proud of her and love the fact that she's proving people wrong
who were saying at the beginning of the season when she was struggling despite having a six month layoff that she was done and the lame Hingis refrenece about not coming back siting Venus' trouble.

Go Venus!!! :bounce:

tennisIlove09
May 30th, 2004, 06:38 PM
she has been sliding on the clay better than I've ever seen! GO GIRL! This title is so yours!

:worship:

Couver
May 30th, 2004, 07:37 PM
Venus just 3 more matches girl!!! Take' em one at a time. :worship: :worship:

Paneru
May 30th, 2004, 10:23 PM
Venus def. Zuluaga 6-1 7-6(3) :worship: :worship: :worship:

Paneru
May 30th, 2004, 10:25 PM
Good Luck Venus!!! :cool:
Massacre Myskina! :wavey:

Dymension
May 31st, 2004, 11:31 AM
Go Vee :D :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

VenusSerenaBlvd.
May 31st, 2004, 05:15 PM
Get into the cutthroat mode Venus! It's about time! GO VENUS!

VeNuS#1LoVa
Jun 1st, 2004, 01:11 AM
Go Venus, do your thing! :)

Bероника
Jun 1st, 2004, 12:55 PM
Go Queen Venus!!!!



The SF are awaiting you!!!!:D

GoSandrine
Jun 4th, 2004, 04:14 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Go get em at Wimby, Venus. It's your place to shine. http://smileys.******************/cat/16/16_6_7.gif (http://www.******************/?partner=ZSzeb001)