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tennischick
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:03 AM
sorry if this has already been posted. it goes a long way to explain Dubai.
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Injured Williams falls at first hurdle in Dubai

DUBAI : Venus Williams will be off the WTA Tour for at least three weeks with a recurrence of an old stomach injury which worsened during a dismal 5-7, 6-7 loss to Italy's Silvia Farina Elia in the first round of the Dubai Open.

Venus, who had also been playing with both wrists strapped, acquired a further conspicuous bandage halfway throught the match, on her right hand where she had a troublesome blister.

However during an error-ridden display it was hard to know whether the bandage helped or hindered the elder Williams sister, or even whether she was in the right frame of mind to compete.

"I was smiling because my stomach hurts, and my hand's going crazy and still somehow I was in the match," she said.

"But even if I had won the second set I don't know if I would have played the third and if I had won the match I don't know if I would have stayed in the tournament.

"I thought why am I out here. To the people who came to support me - I'm sorry I wasn't well."

Venus admitted that it was similar to the injury she had during the 2003 Wimbledon final, and that unless there was a marked improvement she might miss the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, starting on March 23.

All this was a significant disappointment to the Dubai tournament which had managed a rare coup - the presence of both Williams sisters in a tournament outside a Grand Slam.

With the sisters drawn in the same half there had been hopes of their first competitive meeting for 19 months; instead spectators will have to console themselves with the first appearance in this tournament of Serena Williams, who starts on Wednesday against either Elena Bovina of Russia or Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Venus had been too upset with her physical condition to give much credit to Farina Elia. The former top 20 player from Italy sometimes played steadily and sensibly, but found it hard to cope with the unpredictable fluctuations of her high profile opponent, who lost the first three games limply, made a surge to get back to 5-5, and then played another bad game to drop serve immediately.

Farina Elia just about managed to serve out for the set, saving a break point in the process, but it was harder for her to contain another desperate surge in the second set from Venus, who found her survival instincts galvanising her once again.

The fifth seed came from 2-5 down to lead 6-5 and was within a couple of points of levelling at a set-all in the next game. Even more disconcerting for Farina Elia, four match points came and went as Venus hung on hard from 2-6 down in the tie-breaker to reach 6-6.

But the former world number one blew all her efforts with two uncharacteristic shots - a backhand counter-drive into the net after some consistent rallying by Farina Elia, and a bizarre volleying error from a good position on match point.

- AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/134964/1/.html

geoepee
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:37 AM
Get better soon :(

Infiniti2001
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:55 AM
UGH!! Oh well, hope it's not as serious as the last time waaaaaaaaa :sad:

lizchris
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:55 AM
There is a 50/50 chance that Venus will play in Miami. For starters, she will be ranked in the top 16 by the time the draw comes out for Miami which means that she will get a first round bye. Because of that, she will not start until Wednesday or Thursday, giving her injury enough time to heal.

jdog3008
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:59 AM
Venus :sad: Please recover and defend your clay points from last year :bounce:

AjdeNate!
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:00 AM
There is a 50/50 chance that Venus will play in Miami. For starters, she will be ranked in the top 16 by the time the draw comes out for Miami which means that she will get a first round bye. Because of that, she will not start until Wednesday or Thursday, giving her injury enough time to heal.
Miami doesn't start until mid-week, so she'd be off til probably Friday.

tucker1989
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:02 AM
Come on Venus, I hope you recover before Miami!!!!!!!

lizchris
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:08 AM
Miami doesn't start until mid-week, so she'd be off til probably Friday.


That's true with Indan Wells, but not Miami. Unless there was a change in the schedule from the past few years, first round starts March 21 and second round starts March 23.

vettipooh
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:20 AM
Rest up Vee, and be ready for Miami.

RVD
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:34 AM
Well, that definitely explains things. Though I never had a question as to her motivation. ;)

However, that said, I feel it crucial that Venus take a full 6 - 8 months off to fully regain her health, and more importantly, strengthen that injured area. Muscle tears are no freakin joke. Found that out first hand.

Whoever her doctors, trainers, handlers are, should be telling her this.
If this injury continues, she the Queen can kiss her stellar career in tennis good-bye. :sad:

Rocketta
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:35 AM
I hope she doesn't show for Miami if she's not 100%...I want her physically fit for the clay season.

Jericho
Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:37 AM
rest up vee! :kiss:

LucasArg
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:34 AM
I really hope she can play Miami!

virtue05
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:43 AM
Right now I think Venus has more of a pull, rather than a tear. It is probably more of a strain, but either way it goes I think she should just wait to come back after Miami, because those things tear quickly. I toar a muscle in my chest lastyear, and I am still not 100% yet. Even with physical thearpy. GET WELL SOON V.

Dawn Marie
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:33 AM
Damn her injuries.. Damn them all!!!

This is the reason why she hasn't won a slam imho because she keeps getting injured and it is hard to come back 100% full of confidence!! It is like stopping and then starting.. it gets to become a hassle!!

I am going to pray that Venus has a 2005 CLAY AND GRASS AND HARDCURT year and the WHOLE 2006 injury FREE YEAR!!

Venus has had bad luck ever since Gumbycat and I were thrown out of the Venus and Serena chatroom for no obvoius apparent reason at all! I gotta find a way back into that damn room I gotta give my girl much needed luck!

VeraNuVirgosFan
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:34 AM
Get well the soonest, Venus!!

Jeff
Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:41 AM
Poor Venus :( All these injuries are so frustrating. When she begins to feel her game finally getting back to where she thought it was, this haunting abdominal injury peaks out. Grr! Just hope you get better soon, girl :kiss:

1jackson2001
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:14 AM
Take your time pls Venus. :)

maya
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:33 AM
She has no luck.

Get well soon, Venus!

TM
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:41 AM
no more mcdonald's ok venus? :p

it sucks to see you go through these injuries all the time :sad:
whatever happened to those basic wrist injuries?.....anyways I hope to see you kick ass in Miami :)

xr6turbo
Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:50 AM
Get well soon Venus :sad:

jonny84
Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:22 AM
Hope we see a fresh and winning Venus when she recovers.

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:03 AM
She really doesn't have to play Miami. She should just focus on the clay season. If she's going to get far in any slam this year, then it's probably going to be Roland Garros.

oddkayla
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:06 AM
She should take a long time off, to be really fit and put things into proper perspective.

Myabe revert to the approach she took at the end of 99, when she took months off to resther wrists, and maybe her psyche because when she came back, her mental approach was such a turnaround!

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:11 AM
Well it's obvious that Venus now needs to change her serve or this will happen again. The comments before were on her needing to change her serve to be in the top 5. Now she really needs to do something drastic on her serve for her tennis survival. Ab pulls or tears are no. If she doesn't change her serve, they're going to happen more often and just get worse.

Veegeta
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:33 AM
Damn it.......

aNYthing
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:10 AM
I hope she can recover before Miami. But I don't want her to come back if she's not fully recovered and then injure herself worse.

Cam'ron Giles
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:30 AM
This sucks...:mad:

Nemesis
Mar 2nd, 2005, 11:44 AM
Venus :sad: Get a good rest :kiss:

icequeen
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:01 PM
Well, that definitely explains things. Though I never had a question as to her motivation. ;)

However, that said, I feel it crucial that Venus take a full 6 - 8 months off to fully regain her health, and more importantly, strengthen that injured area. Muscle tears are no freakin joke. Found that out first hand.

Whoever her doctors, trainers, handlers are, should be telling her this.
If this injury continues, she the Queen can kiss her stellar career in tennis good-bye. :sad:


Maybe they did tell her but she insisted on playing because she had made a promise and she was fullfilling her obligations.

igost
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:04 PM
Sad. Will it ever end?
Get well soon Venus

DelMonte
Mar 2nd, 2005, 12:39 PM
:sad: :fiery: :sad: :fiery: :sad: :fiery: :sad: :fiery: :sad: :fiery:

Linnie
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:39 PM
There is a 50/50 chance that Venus will play in Miami. For starters, she will be ranked in the top 16 by the time the draw comes out for Miami which means that she will get a first round bye. Because of that, she will not start until Wednesday or Thursday, giving her injury enough time to heal.
The first 32 seeds get a bye, and the seeded players won't play until Friday the 25th or Saturday the 26th. That's nearly four weeks - hopefully enough time for her to heal :)

Cam'ron Giles
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:01 PM
There is a 50/50 chance that Venus will play in Miami. For starters, she will be ranked in the top 16 by the time the draw comes out for Miami which means that she will get a first round bye. Because of that, she will not start until Wednesday or Thursday, giving her injury enough time to heal.

This is very confusing to me...She is ranked 9th or so...why would her seeding or ranking be a factor?

Tennisaddict
Mar 2nd, 2005, 02:25 PM
I think and hope that this injury is not as bad as most people think. Venus herself said that in Antwerp. That it's the same injury she had in 2003, but that she would not be out for six months again.

Get well soon Venus tennis needs you :yeah:.

V-MAC
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:37 PM
Damn her injuries.. Damn them all!!!

This is the reason why she hasn't won a slam imho because she keeps getting injured and it is hard to come back 100% full of confidence!! It is like stopping and then starting.. it gets to become a hassle!!

I am going to pray that Venus has a 2005 CLAY AND GRASS AND HARDCURT year and the WHOLE 2006 injury FREE YEAR!!

Venus has had bad luck ever since Gumbycat and I were thrown out of the Venus and Serena chatroom for no obvoius apparent reason at all! I gotta find a way back into that damn room I gotta give my girl much needed luck!

:( It is true isn't it? I mean Venus doesn't even get a chance to get her game back as just when she seems to be settling back into a good rhythm, an injury seems to pop it's ugly head up again :mad: :sad: oh why are my two favourite players ( Venus and Chanda) ALWAYS plagued by injuries !!!?!! :mad: :fiery: My heart goes out to all Vee and Chanda fans everywhere, it isn't easy for us (or them).

Paneru
Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:43 PM
:( It is true isn't it? I mean Venus doesn't even get a chance to get her game back as just when she seems to be settling back into a good rhythm, an injury seems to pop it's ugly head up again :mad: :sad: oh why are my two favourite players ( Venus and Chanda) ALWAYS plagued by injuries !!!?!! :mad: :fiery: My heart goes out to all Vee and Chanda fans everywhere, it isn't easy for us (or them).

Just gotta hang in there! :cool: