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Marcell
Dec 31st, 2004, 08:06 PM
I just read in the Bankok Post that Venus is ready to play.She is soooo...ready that she started practising right away in the scorching heat on center of Chiang's Mai's Stadium.Oracene is there too.

Freewoman33
Dec 31st, 2004, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the info. I'm so glad that Venus is really getting serious about her tennis.

Hots4Safin
Dec 31st, 2004, 08:36 PM
when is this shindig starting?

Paneru
Dec 31st, 2004, 08:42 PM
when is this shindig starting?
Sunday.

RenaSlam.
Dec 31st, 2004, 08:43 PM
Although I am a die-hard Rena fan, I love it when Venus does well too. Go VENUS!!

LindsayRocks89
Dec 31st, 2004, 09:30 PM
Let's go Venus :hearts:

Mrs. Peel
Dec 31st, 2004, 09:53 PM
Wishing Venus a good strong start to 2005! GO VENUS!!!!

icequeen
Dec 31st, 2004, 09:56 PM
Venus arrives, ready for Sharapova showdown

TOR CHITTINAND

Chiang Mai _ World number nine Venus Williams arrived in Chiang Mai yesterday and declared she is looking forward to her exhibition match against Maria Sharapova today.

American Williams started practising right away in the searing heat on the centre court of Chiang Mai's 700 Year Stadium to prepare for the TAT Tennis Invitation 2005 match.

Venus, who arrived with her mother for her first visit to the Kingdom, said she was extremely pleased to be in Thailand.

``I heard from many people that Chiang Mai is a very beautiful city and I hope to go sightseeing,'' she said. ``I am happy to be here.''

Venus is staying at Mandarin Oriental Darathewee hotel while in Chiang Mai.

Russian Sharapova, who is ranked fourth in the world, visited Hua Hin yesterday to promote tourism before travelling on to Chiang Mai.

Sharapova will play Williams in a two-set match today at 3pm, in a game which will be shown live on Channel 7 and Star Sports.

It will be followed by a one-set doubles match featuring Sharapova and Tamarine Tanasugarn against Williams and Suchanan Viratprasert.

Hots4Safin
Dec 31st, 2004, 11:16 PM
so i know that Thailand is ahead of us here in the US time wise, but this match can't be on Sunday is they keep saying "Today" in the article right?

Ty-Ty
Dec 31st, 2004, 11:24 PM
Ok, is their an exhibition or not? Because this morning on CNN (I'm almost sure) they said that this exhibiton was off and people were to pray and stuff and it was a national mourning day? That's what I heard....Hope someone can tell me I'm wrong...

jbone_0307
Dec 31st, 2004, 11:45 PM
Venus is ready alright...............ready to lose. :haha: :lol:

Hots4Safin
Jan 1st, 2005, 12:15 AM
we'll see BONER - Venus doesn't like to lose to the same people twice in a row....exhibition or not.

SzavayFi
Jan 1st, 2005, 12:37 AM
GOOOO VEENUS!!!!!!!! Glad to see the girl has her head back in the game :D! What happened to the match!?! They better play it! :mad:

PatM04
Jan 1st, 2005, 01:04 AM
Good luck Venus:)

Hayato
Jan 1st, 2005, 01:10 AM
:woohoo: Venus is ready to play :D :woohoo:

Pureracket
Jan 1st, 2005, 01:35 AM
Venus is ready alright...............ready to lose. :haha: :lol:She's worth 100 million dollars. Does she ever REALLY lose when comes to tennis?

jbone_0307
Jan 1st, 2005, 02:43 AM
Is that your excuse already for her loss, or maybe its when she's taped up like a mummy and is so called "injured". :lol: :)

Paneru
Jan 1st, 2005, 02:55 AM
Venus is ready alright...............ready to lose. :haha: :lol:

You're an ass! :p

You know good and well if she
wins you'll be all up her ass! ;)

harloo
Jan 1st, 2005, 02:59 AM
Is that your excuse already for her loss, or maybe its when she's taped up like a mummy and is so called "injured". :lol: :)
Or maybe your mouth should be taped by your mommy.:tape:

Stop the trolling.:lol:

10nisfanofruz
Jan 1st, 2005, 04:22 AM
Ok, is their an exhibition or not? Because this morning on CNN (I'm almost sure) they said that this exhibiton was off and people were to pray and stuff and it was a national mourning day? That's what I heard....Hope someone can tell me I'm wrong...

You are wrong because the match is still on. Both players are in Chiang Mai and practicing for the match. :)

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 1st, 2005, 04:38 AM
Thai TV said yesterday that Venus had practised for 3 hours. A Thai male tennis player was practising with Venus and her long practice made him quite tired.

After that she went to the spa at the hotel. She was also scheduled to visit the Night Bazaar at 10pm.

Venus arrived Bangkok at 11pm on the 30th and left for Chiang Mai in the morning of 31st.

tennnisfannn
Jan 1st, 2005, 04:40 AM
it isn't sunday yet in thailand. 3 pm local time the match starts, which makes it 4 pm perth time, and 3 am new york sunday morning. That should be about 7am sunday in london. Hope that helps most people.

Ty-Ty
Jan 1st, 2005, 05:34 AM
Ok then...Good then...:)

wateva
Jan 1st, 2005, 05:45 AM
hope it'll be a good match!

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 1st, 2005, 08:52 AM
VENUS IN THAILAND

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Vut, thank you for Venus' pictures!

When the first 3 pictures were taken: When she was leaving Bangkok or arriving in Chiang Mai?

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 1st, 2005, 08:58 AM
FRIENDLY MATCH: Sharp focus

Published on January 01, 2005

Venus arrives in Chiang Mai and immediately hits the court

The highly-determined Venus Williams underwent intensive training as soon as she arrived in Chiang Mai to prepare for her friendly match with Maria Sharapova tomorrow.

The former world No 1 touched down in Bangkok on Thursday night, then flew to Chiang Mai the next morning. She immediately headed to the Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Stadium to sharpen her skills.

Under the strict surveillance of mother Oracene Price, Williams spent over three hours on court practising with former national junior player Pracharapol Khamsaman. She put some strenuous effort into her training and caused trouble for the Thai with explosive groundstrokes.

The world No 9 mostly focussed on her backhand and forehand technique.

When she flew into Bangkok on Thursday, Williams, a former Wimbledon and US Open champion, expressed sympathy for the tsunami victims. But she said she was excited about her first trip to the Kingdom and looked forward to the match against the Russian.

On Thursday night, Williams and her mother went shopping at the Night Plaza, Chiang Maiís most famous night time shopping arcade. The tennis pro said she had heard that Thailand has beautiful clothes and as a fashion lover, she would like to buy some items and redesign them to match her personality.

Today, Williams will visit an umbrella industry centre in Sankampaeng to be a presenter in a promotional video on local tourism. She is also to stop by at the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) Centre.

Meanwhile, Sharapova and her entourage, including her father Yuri, yesterday moved to Hua Hin to use a famous spa at the Hilton Hotel. She spent one hour having a hot lavender oil massage to relax her muscles. Then she spent another hour having a face massage using Thai herbs, fruits and yoghurt. She later flew to Chiang Mai to join Williams and two Thai tennis stars Tamarine Tanasugarn and Suchanan Viraprasert.

On Sunday, Sharapova and Williams will conduct a clinic between 10am and noon 12pm at the Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Stadium. The two will then compete in the TAT Tennis Invitational at 3pm, which will be their major warm-up before the news season. After the singles, Sharapova and Tamarine will pair up and take on Williams and Suchanan for the doubles match.
Thank again, Vut!

TiK-Tee
Jan 1st, 2005, 09:07 AM
New Racquet

Vut
Jan 1st, 2005, 09:50 AM
Thai TV said yesterday that Venus had practised for 3 hours. A Thai male tennis player was practising with Venus and her long practice made him quite tired.He is Pacharapol KHAMSAMAN. (I thinks he quit from tennis circuit)


When the first 3 pictures were taken: When she was leaving Bangkok or arriving in Chiang Mai?I thinks arriving in Chiang Mai in Chiang Mai internatinal airport :D

Knizzle
Jan 1st, 2005, 11:24 AM
We'll see how much exo's DON'T mean if Venus loses this.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 1st, 2005, 12:01 PM
I thinks arriving in Chiang Mai in Chiang Mai internatinal airport
Thanks once more!
He is Pacharapol KHAMSAMAN.
What was his highest ranking?

By the way, what was Tammy's coach's ranking?

Vut
Jan 1st, 2005, 02:08 PM
Thanks once more!

What was his highest ranking?

By the way, what was Tammy's coach's ranking?
Pacharapol KHAMSAMAN = 1290 in ATP Ranking (2000) :o , 175 in Junior (1998)
but for Tammy's coach I don't know... sorry ;)

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:10 AM
Pacharapol KHAMSAMAN = 1290 in ATP Ranking (2000), 175 in Junior (1998)
Thank you!
but for Tammy's coach I don't know... sorry
It's OK. (I saw him practising with Tammy in San Diego, and he was friendly).

cartmancop
Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:48 AM
New Racquet
That's the 1st thing I noticed in the pics too :D

SzavayFi
Jan 2nd, 2005, 04:13 AM
That's the 1st thing I noticed in the pics too :D
For more control, looks like Venus is gonna be freakin unstoppable. WOO HOO!

Rocketta
Jan 2nd, 2005, 04:42 AM
:woohoo:

Come on Bring it Venus!

LucasArg
Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:29 AM
Go Vee! :hearts: :wavey:

hello1087
Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:34 AM
can we see the match in the united states!!!

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:43 AM
Vut, Jiro and other Thai posters,

Can any of you verify the quoted comment below from icequeen's thread?

And do you know how much Masha is paid for this exhibition? (I read earlier that it's between US$200,000 and US$250,000). What about Venus? (I think Venus is paid not less than US$200,000).

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=145333&page=1

This is what someone from Thailand said on another board:

Hi all,

This is my first time to post on this board but I have been reading for a couple of years now. Anyway, I'm from Thailand and I'm a VERY BIG Williams fan. Venus arrived in Thailand last night at about 11 pm ( Thailand time) I'm very angry with the media here. They]re constantly talking about Maria and hardly mention Venus.

They also say that Maria's very fussy because she requires lots of things but they don't mind because Maria is beautiful. The media in Thailand calls her 'Angel Maria' As for Venus, they say that she's very easy going and down to earth. They say that Venus can't behave like Maria cos Venus's black and not beautiful.!!! ( I swear they said this on TV!!!) and it made me really really angry.

Maria is also paid almost 4 times more than Venus. Anyway, sorry for my English as it's not my first language. And I'll keep you guys updated very soon.

Vut
Jan 2nd, 2005, 11:32 AM
Vut, Jiro and other Thai posters,

Can any of you verify the quoted comment below from icequeen's thread?

And do you know how much Masha is paid for this exhibition? (I read earlier that it's between US$200,000 and US$250,000). What about Venus? (I think Venus is paid not less than US$200,000).

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=145333&page=1
Thai newspaper reported (maybe last month), LTAT paid US$250,000 for Maria and US$250,000 for Venus ;)

VeraNuVirgosFan
Jan 2nd, 2005, 12:33 PM
Thai newspaper reported (maybe last month), LTAT paid US$250,000 for Maria and US$250,000 for Venus
Thank you!

By the way, as you know, the Thai Tourist Authority also paid US$250,000 to Anna K last year.

jbone_0307
Jan 2nd, 2005, 04:12 PM
To all those psychotic Venus fans who bad repped me, you can pick up ya lip........, or Venus' bandages. I heard they were scattered all over the court. :tape: :tape: :tape:

Cam'ron Giles
Jan 3rd, 2005, 12:19 AM
To all those psychotic Venus fans who bad repped me, you can pick up ya lip........, or Venus' bandages. I heard they were scattered all over the court. :tape: :tape: :tape:
She is still a rich international superstar while you are still a troll on WTA World...:tape:

Pureracket
Jan 3rd, 2005, 12:59 AM
She is still a rich international superstar while you are still a troll on WTA World...:tape::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: