Not an easy draw, though do-able. Molik in the 4th Round might be tricky for Serena if she's off. QF opponent should be Jen (for the THIRD consecutive time :rolleyes: ) although it is possible for K-Lina or Ai to come through.
Aug 27th, 2004, 08:10 AM
Comparing Serena's draw to that of the other three top seeds, I'd say her draw is one of the best. MoMo comes second to none when it comes to easy draws- no contest! Not too far behind comes Serena though... If she's in any shape to at least show up, she should be in the semis in about two weeks- GUARENTEED!!
Aug 27th, 2004, 02:54 PM
Uhum....I think if her knee holds up, Serena should reach the SF´s...come on babygirl, make us proud!!
Aug 28th, 2004, 07:52 AM
Serena just about ready for U.S. Open
Aug. 27, 2004
SportsLine.com wire reports:
It's a jagged 2-inch line running just above Serena Williams' left knee, a reminder of the surgery that sidelined her for the last half of 2003 and the start of this season.
She has another reminder: the pain in that knee, keeping her off the tour for the last month, forcing her to skip the Olympics, and seemingly making her as vulnerable as she's been in years heading to the U.S. Open, which starts Monday.
Don't be so sure about that last part, though. Asked how close she is to being all the way back, Williams said: "Probably about 90 percent right now, maybe 95."
"I've been able to prepare a lot. Once I realized I wasn't going to the Olympics, I've just been in the gym every day, twice a day. And then, finally, I've been spending some time on the court," she said in an interview Friday.
"It was a lot of work that I didn't necessarily want to do, but I had to do it because I wanted to be here. So I did it. And I'm here."
Williams wasn't able to defend her 2002 U.S. Open title; the Aug. 1, 2003, operation prevented that.
She returned to action in March at Key Biscayne, Fla., winning her first tournament -- her only title in the past 12 months. Her older sister Venus missed six months with an abdominal strain, then was hampered this season by other injuries.
Serena hasn't won a major in 14 months, Venus in three years.
"They've always been capable of turning it on. In this situation, it is a little bit different because when you've had injuries, and you're out for so long, the other players are not afraid of you. Their games are improving and they keep moving on," U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison said.
"Right now, it's gotten to the point the other players are not afraid of them. They don't have that dominance that they had before."
That might be true, but as Serena put it Friday after a 10-minute promotional appearance at Niketown, showing off bootlike sneakers she might wear to warm up on court at the Open: "I don't see anyone saying, 'Oh, I play Serena Williams! Yes!"'
Aug 28th, 2004, 09:43 PM
Thanks for the draw and information. I've really been looking forward to this tournament.
Aug 29th, 2004, 09:04 PM
i'll pay her if she can win her 1st rd 6-0 6-0 :devil:
Aug 30th, 2004, 10:10 AM
i'll pay her if she can win her 1st rd 6-0 6-0 :devil:
lol I was :eek: when I saw your name in a Serena forum, then I realised who Serena was playing against:lol:
Aug 31st, 2004, 04:53 AM
lookin' good, nice start...
Aug 31st, 2004, 07:08 PM
That was a nice match. In particular her finish. Loved the statement and hope to see more of the same.
Sep 2nd, 2004, 07:43 AM
another nice win.....keep them coming babygirl!! :bounce:
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Can't wait for the match against Patty. Loved Serena's statements and attitude about players who've last beaten her in matches. Should be a good one.
Sep 5th, 2004, 09:51 PM
And she keeps marching on.....another major, another QF....despite all the talks!!
Sep 5th, 2004, 11:15 PM
Serena Williams Reaches Quarterfinals (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-TEN-US-Open.html)
Serena Williams Reaches Quarterfinals
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: September 5, 2004
Filed at 4:39 p.m. ET
NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams served notice that her shaky knee is holding up just fine, sweeping past Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2 Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
Once again dressed in basic black, the two-time Open champion had little trouble in winning her fourth straight match at Flushing Meadows. Williams won this one with her serving, finishing with 12 aces to just one double fault.
Williams was forced to pull out of last month's Olympics because of pain in her left knee. She had surgery on it in August 2003, and missed 8 1/2 months while recovering.
In fact, she said, a few doctors told her to skip this tournament.
``My knee is doing pretty good right now. I haven't had any worries,'' she said. ``I'm really proud of my legs. I'm just excited to be here because I wasn't supposed to come.''
Andy Roddick advanced with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Guillermo Canas.
Tommy Haas reached the fourth round, defeating Ricardo Mello 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. No. 18 Tommy Robredo beat Alexander Peya and No. 28 Joachim Johansson downed Stefan Koubek 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1), 6-1, 6-3.
Sixth-seeded Elena Dementieva defeated No. 10 Vera Zvonareva 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a matchup of Russians.
Among other top players in action as the first week of the tournament came to an end: Lleyton Hewitt and Amelie Mauresmo.
Williams stayed on track for yet another meeting with Jennifer Capriati, who played later against Ai Sugiyama.
Capriati beat Williams in the French Open quarters, then lost to her in the Wimbledon quarters. Capriati also defeated Williams in a Rome tournament.
``I like playing Jennifer a lot, I really do,'' Williams said. ``We always play each other. We really know each other's games.''
Williams was forced to miss last year's Open because of her knee trouble and did not get to defend her title.
The six-time Grand Slam winner was seeded third this time, and began the week with many fans wondering whether her knee was OK. She showed no ill effects against the No. 15 Schnyder, needing only 58 minutes to win.
``When she serves that well, I will never be able to make a break,'' Schnyder said. ``If she serves like this, it's hard for anybody.''
Williams' serving far overshadowed what she wore. Earlier in the week, she attracted quite a bit of attention with black, form-fitting shorts and a studded, tight tank top -- she warmed up that day with black, knee-high boots.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell was on hand to watch Williams. They've gone shopping together in Los Angeles.
``She'd always tell me what I should wear. I'd try on some different outfits. She's like, 'Wear that one,''' Williams said.
Like Williams, Haas was absent from last year's Open because an injury. He missed the entire season because of a bad right shoulder, having surgery on his rotator cuff in December 2002 and another operation seventh months later.
A two-time semifinalist at the Australian Open, Haas reached the round of 16 at this tournament for the fourth time.
Mello made it into the Open as a qualifier, the same path he took to play at the French and Australian opens earlier this year.
Sep 6th, 2004, 04:45 AM
Serena Williams, of the United States, hits a return to Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.
Serena Williams, of the United States, signs an autograph after her match with Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, at the U. S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004. Williams defeated Schnyder 6-4, 6-2.
Serena Williams, of the United States, waves to the crowd after defeating Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.
Serena Williams, of the United States, gets ready for her match against Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004.