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Paneru
May 18th, 2004, 05:15 PM
Join Venus' Live Web Chat Thursday, May 20th!!!

5/18/04 4:24 PM

Join the live web chat with Venus this Thursday, May 20th at 12:15 p.m. EST. Hosted by USAToday.com, Venus will answer your questions from 12:15 p.m. until 12:45. Join the chat by clicking here (http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20040520005/tscript.htm) to submit questions.

Also, Venus will be writing a diary from the French Open which you can read everyday in USA Today ---- don't miss it!

http://www.venuswilliams.com

Smackie
May 18th, 2004, 05:17 PM
I love the Williamses' websites! So much fun with the colours and stuff.

jean_genie
May 18th, 2004, 05:17 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Yay! She's playing!!! GO VENUS.:worship: :worship: :worship:

Knizzle
May 18th, 2004, 05:20 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

We love you Venus!!

vs1
May 18th, 2004, 05:28 PM
This is going to be SOOOO cool!! It's so wonderful how Venus loves sharing her experience with all of us!! :) What a wonderful role model tennis has in her!! :worship:

The Crow
May 18th, 2004, 05:29 PM
So except for Kim everyone's playing? Well we couldn't expect much more.

lizchris
May 18th, 2004, 05:32 PM
Where is that fool who put me down because I said that there was a rumor that Venus would be in Paris early:fiery: ? Well, it turns out I was right!

Paneru
May 18th, 2004, 05:34 PM
Where is that fool who put me down because I said that there was a rumor that Venus would be in Paris early:fiery: ? Well, it turns out I was right!

Let it go baby! :kiss:

Let's just enjoy this! :wavey:

"Topaz"
May 18th, 2004, 05:34 PM
So, this is it.


USATODAY - 05/18/2004 - Updated 12:47 PM ET

French Open: Venus Williams

Chat on Thursday, May 20, 12:15 p.m. ET

Four-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will seek her first French Open
title next week at Roland Garros. Williams, who reached the event's
championship match in 2002, has had an impact on tour far beyond her 31
career singles titles or the six Grand Slam doubles crowns she's captured
with her sister Serena. She has also redefined the sport's sense of style by
playing in dresses of her own design. Williams, 23, has also started her own
interior design company and had her own line of clothing with Wilson Leather.
Talk live with Williams about the terre battu at Roland Garros, her career and
other questions about tennis.
...
Thanks Kabuke.

:banana: :dance: :banana:

lizchris
May 18th, 2004, 05:36 PM
Let it go baby! :kiss:

Let's just enjoy this! :wavey:
I will.:)

BTW, I am happy to see that Venus will be in Paris to play in the FO. The only thing that initially concerned me was she was going to let people know the condition of her ankle, which I assume must be OK.

cometz9
May 18th, 2004, 05:41 PM
Venus :hearts: I'm dying to see her play :banana:

esta
May 18th, 2004, 05:43 PM
Yay for Queen Vee!!!:bounce:

Best news I've heard all day.

I really hope she is fit enough to play well.

pigam
May 18th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Great!!! :bounce:
Too bad Kim isn't there, but for the rest all topplayers (including my 2 favs) are playing!!

Foot_Fault
May 18th, 2004, 05:54 PM
Love It!

SelesFan70
May 18th, 2004, 06:01 PM
I love the collective Williams' fans orgasm... :lol:

I wonder if Venus will answer in French and English... :D

lizchris
May 18th, 2004, 06:06 PM
I love the collective Williams' fans orgasm... :lol:

I wonder if Venus will answer in French and English... :D
Hopefully in French so she can tell you to kiss her rich black ass if you send her a nasty question.

Pureracket
May 18th, 2004, 06:10 PM
I love the collective Williams' fans orgasm... :lol:

I wonder if Venus will answer in French and English... :DSWOOP!

Knizzle
May 18th, 2004, 06:13 PM
I love the collective Williams' fans orgasm... :lol:

I wonder if Venus will answer in French and English... :D
It was almost like the collective Seles' fans groan when we found out that Monica wasn't coming back at the French.

Janet
May 18th, 2004, 06:15 PM
Great news for us williams fan that our girl venus will be playing the FO...... but how do you submit your question? for May 20 as posted

Allez-H
May 18th, 2004, 06:21 PM
Well this could turn out to be a great Slam anywayz.Besides Kim nobody seems to be missing,let's cross our fingers that it's going to stay this way.

Paneru
May 18th, 2004, 06:24 PM
Great news for us williams fan that our girl venus will be playing the FO...... but how do you submit your question? for May 20 as posted
http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20040520005/tscript.htm

Hulet
May 18th, 2004, 06:28 PM
Did she actually said she would play or is this just an attempt by the chat organisers (USAToday?) to pump up more participation for the chat?

DeDe4925
May 18th, 2004, 06:31 PM
It was almost like the collective Seles' fans groan when we found out that Monica wasn't coming back at the French.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Pureracket
May 18th, 2004, 06:44 PM
I remember when Chris Evert used to do this same thing for USA Today. Chris EVert won the FO(=) both years that I remember her doing it.

SJW
May 18th, 2004, 06:52 PM
It was almost like the collective Seles' fans groan when we found out that Monica wasn't coming back at the French.am i missing something? i didnt think he was being insulting :(

first and foremost glad Venus' injury is not serious. that girl needs a fucking break...always getting injuries at the worst possible times, especially this year. second, i hope she's ready to do some serious damage. Paris hasn't had an all sister final in 2 years :tape:

GO VENUS :bounce:

vettipooh
May 18th, 2004, 07:03 PM
Hopefully in French so she can tell you to kiss her rich black ass if you send her a nasty question. That was some funny sh**! You forgot "natural" rich black ass!! :haha: :haha: :haha: Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!!!for Vee playing the FO.Some prayers are definately answered!!!GO VENUS!!

tennisIlove09
May 18th, 2004, 07:49 PM
Also, some more inside scoop:

-Venus will have an on-line diary during Paris, which will be featured on USA Today. They will also be posted on www.VenusWilliams.com (http://www.venuswilliams.com/)

LindsayRocks89
May 18th, 2004, 08:47 PM
I'm so happy you're playing Venus :bounce:

WF4EVER
May 18th, 2004, 09:55 PM
I'm certainly pleased to hear that Venus has arrived in Paris. I also hope she's fully recovered and can perform well enough to win.

Couver
May 18th, 2004, 10:26 PM
Venus :hearts:

I'm pretty sure she's healed up. Venus wouldn't make the same mistake as last year. GO Vee 2004 Queen of clay. :worship:

Rocketta
May 18th, 2004, 10:33 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana:

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

:yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

Janet
May 18th, 2004, 10:55 PM
Thanks..............Kabuke!! for info..

DelMonte
May 18th, 2004, 11:33 PM
:dance: Hurray!!! I hope the injury is fully healed and Vee is ready to go!

Anna F'd Enrique
May 18th, 2004, 11:39 PM
i wonder if she will have a new outfit EEK! when does the FO craw come out???

does the FO start on Monday??? Omg!! So fast

Kabezya
May 18th, 2004, 11:43 PM
:) It's great to hear.

Chance
May 19th, 2004, 09:18 AM
thanks Kabuke for the news :)

Marcus1979
May 19th, 2004, 09:23 AM
With such a great clay season and clearly in form. Venus will be the one to beat.

Knizzle
May 20th, 2004, 12:29 PM
Everyone don't forget to submit your questions this morning. The live chat starts at 12:15 pm EST.

Foot_Fault
May 20th, 2004, 12:44 PM
Also, some more inside scoop:

-Venus will have an on-line diary during Paris, which will be featured on USA Today. They will also be posted on www.VenusWilliams.com (http://www.VenusWilliams.com)

Seems like Venus is planning on Sticking around the tournament! LOL

lizchris
May 20th, 2004, 12:52 PM
I was listening to radio station WBLS in NYC and in their sports update, they sid that Venus' ankle is doing much better and she will be playing at the FO.

xr6turbo
May 20th, 2004, 01:13 PM
I was listening to radio station WBLS in NYC and in their sports update, they sid that Venus' ankle is doing much better and she will be playing at the FO.

:yippee:

SelesFan70
May 20th, 2004, 02:10 PM
am i missing something? i didnt think he was being insulting :(

first and foremost glad Venus' injury is not serious. that girl needs a fucking break...always getting injuries at the worst possible times, especially this year. second, i hope she's ready to do some serious damage. Paris hasn't had an all sister final in 2 years :tape:

GO VENUS :bounce:

I wasn't being insulting at all. I think it's great that Venus can speak French among other languages. I assure you, I'll have to change my clothes when Seles plays her first match! :lol:

However, I forgot how protective and how damn defensive Venus' fans are... :o

SJW
May 20th, 2004, 02:15 PM
I was listening to radio station WBLS in NYC and in their sports update, they sid that Venus' ankle is doing much better and she will be playing at the FO.
:bounce:

SJW
May 20th, 2004, 02:16 PM
I wasn't being insulting at all. I think it's great that Venus can speak French among other languages. I assure you, I'll have to change my clothes when Seles plays her first match! :lol:

However, I forgot how protective and how damn defensive Venus' fans are... :o
:)

Paneru
May 20th, 2004, 03:27 PM
Chat going to start in about 48 mins. :cool:

Pureracket
May 20th, 2004, 04:15 PM
How are we supposed to follow the chat?

Paneru
May 20th, 2004, 04:18 PM
http://cgi1.usatoday.com/mchat/20040520005/auto_tscript.htm#current

Anna F'd Enrique
May 20th, 2004, 04:21 PM
they are starting the chat thingy!

Pureracket
May 20th, 2004, 04:23 PM
The chat is going very well. Venus is soooooo charming.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Laguna Niguel, california: How is your ankle doing and are you 100% for the start of the French Open?

Venus Williams: That's a popular question. Basically, I am optimistic about competing in the French.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Macomb, IL: What are your plans and expectations for this year of summer tennis, when will your clothing line and Serena's be available?

Venus Williams: This summer is Wimbledon and the Olympics so I want to take care of that. And U.S. Open too. As far as clothing line, stay tuned....real soon.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Tallahassee, FL: do you feel that your aggressive play will be the key to winning at roland garros this year, even though it may have caused you an ankle injury.

Venus Williams: My ankle injury was from a wet clay court. Yes, aggressive play is what wins matches.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Jacksonville, FL: Hey Venus! You've won a Grand Slam in doubles every year since 1999 with your sister. Will you keep that streak alive this year, or will you play it safe and keep the body healthy? Good luck!!!

Venus Williams: We love doubles. Love playing together. Definitely want to keep this streak alive.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Cesar from Dominican Republic: Are you wearing a new dress for the French Open? You gave us a sneak peek of it "lots of green" Can you tell us about it? You bring the fashion to court! We are pretty excited to see it!! Go venus!!!

Venus Williams: Yes there will be lots of green. You only have to wait three or four more days.

Anna F'd Enrique
May 20th, 2004, 04:29 PM
it is cool seeing all these people from different countries asking questions

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:30 PM
Bridgeport, CT: Hi Venus. It almost goes without saying that I think you're probably the most astute, thoughtful, talented stylish tennis player on the planet right now-- a true renaissance woman whose impact on tennis and humanity will be in the fashion of an Arthur Ashe. People always seem to be intrigued by you-what you're thinking, how to read your emotions, etc. Do you plan to ever write a personal memoir-later on in life to give us the real 411 on your experiences on the women's tennis tour? Also, do you think you'll make it back to New Haven this summer? Congratulations on a terrific clay court season--looking forward to seeing you hoist that Champions trophy high at the French! Thanks

Venus Williams: True to that ... but I don't think I'll ever be a tattle tale. There will be a right time to do it, but have to wait a few more years.

I'd love to make it back to New Haven.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:30 PM
Indianapolis: Venus, I am very proud of you! My question is; as a tennis father of a 12 year daughter who is already 5' 6" and who has a body type very similar to yours (long, beautiful legs), what advice can you offer me to keep her motivated to play tennis? Tony the Tiger

Venus Williams: Keep it fun. Set goals to work towards. Be consistent but not pushy.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:30 PM
Arlington,VA: Venus would you like to start a family someday and are you currently involved ?

Venus Williams: I'm at the point of my life where I don't have to think of a family. All I have to think about is my personal goals right now and my current family.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:31 PM
Johannesburg, South Africa: Although it's still relatively early in your career, if you were to retire tomorrow, could you give us the 3 most memorable matches you've played? Good luck at the French, Joe.

Venus Williams: My first doubles win with Serena in 97.
My Olympic win.
Mixed doubles win with Justin Gimelstob at Australian Open in 1998

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:31 PM
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: At this point in your career is tennis as much fun as it was in the beginning?

Venus Williams: In the beginning it was such an adventure. Everything was new and exciting. Now, I have done it all but I want to do more. It's still exciting.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:31 PM
Targovishte, Bulgaria: Who are your friends among the tennis- players?

Venus Williams: Serena Williams. I don't have the other players' phone numbers.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:32 PM
Austin, TX: What is the most difficult thing about being Venus Williams?

Venus Williams: Most difficult thing is I don't have enough time to do what I need to do and do what I want to do.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:32 PM
Warsaw, Poland: How do you prefer to be called: Venus or Vee?

Venus Williams: Venus

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Arlington VA: What kind of cross training do you do? I have found yoga to be helpful in preventing injuries, but was wondering what kinds of cross training are most important to tennis players.

Venus Williams: I've done Yoga and done a bit of everything, like Pilates. I just try to mix it up so I don't get bored.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Entre Rios Villa libertador San Martin: Hi Venus , wath is your favorite sport (-Tenis ), Dou you like artistics gymnastics?

Venus Williams: Recently I've taken a liking to baseball and basketball. I used to like to surf back in the day. I'm too tall for gymnastics.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:33 PM
Milan, Italy: Ciao. Tell us something about your beautiful sister we do not know.

Venus Williams: I have four sisters. They are all beautiful. Serena is spontaneous. Lyn is creative. Isha is a brain. Tunde is unforgettable.

Anna F'd Enrique
May 20th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Milan, Italy: Ciao. Tell us something about your beautiful sister we do not know.

Venus Williams: I have four sisters. They are all beautiful. Serena is spontaneous. Lyn is creative. Isha is a brain. Tunde is unforgettable.

awwwww tears

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:36 PM
Fayetteville, NC: I am one of the biggest Williams sisters fans. My question is...are you, Serena, and the entire Williams family aware of the significant positive impact that you have had on black families particularly, our black youth? Your dad receives a lot of criticism from the media, but, as a black male with 2 daughters of my own, I truly honor Mr. Williams and respect his accomplishments. You will never meet most of your biggest fans in person, but I can assure you that we are out here and we are pulling for you to continue your outstanding success both on and off the tennis court. Best wishes to you and Serena at the French Open. God bless you!

Venus Williams: We hope that by trying to do our best we can inspire all people. Thank you for your encouragement.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Boston, MA: Venus, what is the shot that do you feel is your go-to stroke when the match is close?

Venus Williams: Every shot. Sometimes I think my speed.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Upper Marlboro, Maryland: How long will you continue to play tennis? Also, do you think the WTA is racially better now that you have started playing tennis professionally? Thanks.

Venus Williams: I think I'm going to play another nine years. I want to play until I'm 33.
I've never had any racial issues with the WTA Tour.

Anna F'd Enrique
May 20th, 2004, 04:38 PM
she wants to play until she is 33!

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:41 PM
Houston, Tx: Where is your favorite place to visit while in Paris?

Venus Williams: I like the Paris Market. I like to walk for weight loss.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:42 PM
Oliver Springs, Tennessee: Will you consider wearing smaller ear ring, instead of the large ones you most of the time?

Venus Williams: Yeah I could wear small if they were 4-carat diamond studs. I'm taking donations. I like big earrings because I have a small head.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:44 PM
Saugus, MA: How hard is it for you to switch from the game's slowest surface to it's fastest in such a short period of time?

Venus Williams: It's easy.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:45 PM
Comment from Venus Williams: I like playing on all surfaces. I don't change too much of my game from surface to surface.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:45 PM
Tewksbury, MA: What was the last movie you saw and what movie do you want to see this summer?

Venus Williams: Last movie I saw was "Something's Got To Give."

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:47 PM
New York City: As an athlete maintaining a high level of fitness, what would you say is your favorite guilty pleasure food?

Venus Williams: Where do I begin? I like donuts ... sour candies ...

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:48 PM
Andrew from Waycross,GA: Venus...how heavy are your current racquets (because I know they are customized)? What string and tension do you use?

Venus Williams: I don't know the weight. I try them out and choose what I like.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:49 PM
Taiwan: hi Venus,i'm from taiwan! do you have plan to come to Taiwan?There're lots of fans here!

Venus Williams: I'd love to ...where is the tournament?

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Park Forest, Illinois: Have you ever thought about being in anymore video games?

Venus Williams: Yes. Definitely, in fact I have some great ideas that I hope will be out next year.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:50 PM
Edmonton, Canada: Hey Venus! I am a huge fan! Just wondering what CD's you are listening to currently

Venus Williams: I'm listening to some techno by Felix the Housecat.
Everything 311 is important to me.
Beck.
I like the rapper Twister.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:51 PM
Philadelphia, Pa: Are you considering branching out and acting? Movies maybe?

Venus Williams: I'd love to and I think it would be fun, but I like music more. I'd like to write songs.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:55 PM
jupiter fla: tell us about 311

Venus Williams: 311 is my favorite band. I'm so disappointed that I missed 311 day on March 11. They never cease to amaze me, they are amazing. Look on my web site for photos of me with 311.

Marcus1979
May 20th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Comment from Venus Williams: Thanks for all your questions. Look for my French Open diary that will be in USA TODAY during the tournament. Special thanks to my sponsors McDonalds, Wilson Tennis Racquets, American Express. Also, look for my two books that are coming out this summer: "Sister Tales" in November and "How to Play Tennis" in June in Europe and September in U.S. And check out my new web site at venuswilliams.com

Nabalonge
May 20th, 2004, 05:26 PM
Possibly aside from watching her play, listening to Venus' words or reading what she has to say is great. She's just wonderful in all areas.

Jericho
May 21st, 2004, 12:11 AM
great read!

Rocketta
May 21st, 2004, 12:25 AM
Thanks 2sistersfan! :wavey: