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Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Venus Wins Charleston, Named Player of the Week


Venus Williams (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230220) ended a 14-month title drought on Sunday by winning the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Williams defeated two-time champion Conchita Martinez (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130113), 26 62 61, to win her 30th career title in her first final since last year's Wimbledon loss to sister Serena Williams.

With her first title of the year, Williams became only the 13th player in the Open Era to win 30 career titles and tied Tracy Austin for 11th place on the career list. She also became only the third player in the last 10 years to win a Tier I event in her debut, joining Justine Henin-Hardenne (2003 Charleston) and Martina Hingis (1998 Indian Wells).

CurName/CountryRank PtsTours
1HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=80350)BEL 2287.006

2DAVENPORT, LINDSAY (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=40106)USA 1515.006

3CLIJSTERS, KIM (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=30458)BEL 1192.004

4MYSKINA, ANASTASIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=130533)RUS 945.005

5KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=110552)RUS 848.007

6SCHNYDER, PATTY (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=190519)SUI 809.007

7WILLIAMS, VENUS (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=230220)USA 729.005

8MAURESMO, AMELIE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=130450)FRA 726.003

9DECHY, NATHALIE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=40254)FRA 652.007

10FARINA ELIA, SILVIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=60061)ITA 645.002

Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 04:55 PM
April 19, 2004

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Venus Named WTATour.com Player of the Week

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Venus Williams would much rather forget 2004 B.C. - before Charleston. After a shaky start to the season that has been plagued by injuries and upsets, the former World No.1 finally landed on the launchpad last week at the Family Circle Cup - snapping a 14-month title drought by defeating Conchita Martinez in her first appearance at Charleston.

Williams' title at the Tier I event - the 30th title of her career - was good enough to grab this week's WTATour.com Player of the Week.

A nagging abdominal muscle forced Williams to miss the final five months of the 2003 season and landed her outside of the Top 10 in the year-end rankings for the first time since 1997. Williams made her return to the WTA Tour at the Australian Open, where she had her earliest departure ever at the event with a third round loss to Lisa Raymond.

A right lower leg muscle strain forced her to withdraw prior to her quarterfinal match with Chanda Rubin in Tokyo and also forced her to miss a scheduled stop in Antwerp. She then fell to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarters at Dubai and to Elena Dementieva in the same round at Miami.

With the clay court season on deck, Williams made her first voyage to Charleston, an event where sister Serena Williams finished as runner-up last year and a very popular Tier I stop for many players.

But her stop in South Carolina didn't look like it would last long in the early stages of her second round match with lucky loser Samantha Reeves. Reeves, would has struggled to win matches in WTA Tour events this year, got off to a strong start - winning the first set and was up a break in the second before Williams marched back to avoid the upset.

From there, Williams surged into the finals with relative ease with wins against Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian, Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Kostanic. And after a few adjustments following her first set loss to Martinez, Williams swept through the second and third sets to win the Charleston title.

"It's nice because it's been really difficult for me and challenging, and even this week with injuries, and it's just been really rewarding to have this title under my belt," said Williams of winning her first title since capturing Antwerp in February of 2003.

With her first title of the year, Williams became only the 13th player in the Open Era to win 30 career titles and tied Tracy Austin for 11th place on the Career Titles list. Martinez is 10th on that list with 32 career titles.

Williams also became only the third player in the last 10 years to win a Tier I event in her debut appearance. The only players to achieve this feat in the last 10 years are Justine Henin-Hardenne at last year’s Family Circle Cup and Martina Hingis at 1998 Indian Wells.

Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 04:57 PM
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Thank you for voting! Here are the poll results


Who has performed the best on clay so far in 2004?

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/40106.jpg (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40106)http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif31% Lindsay Davenporthttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif


http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/230220.jpg (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230220)http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif33% Venus Williams



http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gifhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/130113.jpg (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130113)http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif13% Conchita Martinezhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif


http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/120277.jpg (http://www.wtatour.com/players.playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=120277)http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif21% Emilie Loit



http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gifhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/20576.jpg (http://www.wtatour.com/players.playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=20576)http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif3% Iveta Benesovahttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif

Hulet
Apr 19th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Obligatory comments (before anyone posts it):
-WTF is the player of the week supposed to mean? Now, a player of the month or year makes sense.
-No sh*t.

Hulet
Apr 19th, 2004, 04:59 PM
Williams also became only the third player in the last 10 years to win a Tier I event in her debut appearance. The only players to achieve this feat in the last 10 years are Justine Henin-Hardenne at last year’s Family Circle Cup and Martina Hingis at 1998 Indian Wells.
Wow. Now, that is impressive.

Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 05:00 PM
Wow. Now, that is impressive.Yeah. and the Poll...are people now getting on the Venus Bandwagon?

lizchris
Apr 19th, 2004, 06:18 PM
I'm a Venus fan, but I voted for Emelie Loit because she has more clay court titles this year than anyone (2).

Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 06:23 PM
I'm a Venus fan, but I voted for Emelie Loit because she has more clay court titles this year than anyone (2).
Loit is good, and I don't deny her Two Titles on Clay. However, I voted Venus because she's been in a Battle with HERSELF(mentally), and to Win a TIER I event on a Surface "CRITICS"(not Venus) deem as her worst she was the obvious choice for me. and Not to mention a title drought of about 14 months.

lizchris
Apr 19th, 2004, 06:40 PM
Loit is good, and I don't deny her Two Titles on Clay. However, I voted Venus because she's been in a Battle with HERSELF(mentally), and to Win a TIER I event on a Surface "CRITICS"(not Venus) deem as her worst she was the obvious choice for me. and Not to mention a title drought of about 14 months.
If Venus goes on to win the GO, Warsaw or both and the poll is still up, then I will vote for her because she will be the clear favorite at that point.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Apr 19th, 2004, 06:56 PM
eta psi feels obliged to post in every pro-venus thread something negative.

i don't understand?

Foot_Fault
Apr 19th, 2004, 11:59 PM
If Venus goes on to win the GO, Warsaw or both and the poll is still up, then I will vote for her because she will be the clear favorite at that point.
Thats your opinion dawg, no one elses! But I feel you. I just love my Ebonee Starr

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 20th, 2004, 03:20 AM
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Venus is sooo beautiful in this picture!!

Look at her ring! (in my country they would compare such a big ring with "a small oval dining table").

Her earrings are also very beautiful.

slice
Apr 20th, 2004, 05:13 AM
conchita shuldve gotten the player of the week :fiery:

she's doing awesome 4 her age and thrashed a top10 player :rolleyes:

still, hopefully venus will take on henin in the semis of the french and thrash her!