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spiceboy
Dec 19th, 2005, 08:15 PM
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,17605079%5E3162,00.html

Sisters sweat on Vic coach
Leo Schlink
19dec05

SERENA and Venus Williams will attempt to arrest a perceived slide from dominance by turning Melbourne Park into the house of pain before the Australian Open.

The sisters do not plan to appear in any Australian lead-up events before the January 16-29 grand slam event.


The duo, who each nailed a major this season, will instead arrive in Melbourne on January 8 and work out with Victorian coach Mark Hlawaty.

The daily sessions will provide the foundation that the Americans consider sufficient to re-establish a fading aura.

Serena, the reigning Australian Open champion, and Wimbledon champion Venus both endured rugged 2005 seasons because of injury.

The pair's diluted influence was measured in the comparatively meagre number of titles they managed to pocket.

Venus, 25, landed two singles titles with a 37-10 record. Serena was seen at fewer events, finishing with a 21-7 mark and the Rod Laver Arena crown.

Serena, 24, succumbed to a chronic left ankle injury and was finally forced off the circuit after an embarrassing first-round loss in Beijing in September.

Only the second player after Margaret Osborne duPont to save match points twice en route to a grand slam final, Williams wrote off the rest of her season.

She will resume, along with Venus, in a Hong Kong exhibition from January 4-7.

Now ranked 11th, the former world No. 1 underwent knee surgery in October.

Venus's year was marginally better, highlighted by an emotional rise to a third Wimbledon win, where she saved a match point in the final against Lindsay Davenport.

But she, too, was troubled by a left-knee injury that forced her off the tour.

The Williams sisters are due to face Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Nicole Vaidisova and Sania Mirza in Hong Kong.

Fellow former world No. 1 Martina Hingis is still to make public her Australian schedule, although the Sydney International from January 9 is being considered. The Swiss baseliner has played only one WTA tournament since a premature retirement in 2002 because of chronic foot, heel and ankle problems.

-VSR-
Dec 19th, 2005, 08:35 PM
:woohoo:

I hope this new coach helps them!!! :D :devil:

vw.
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:17 PM
Awesome! Go sisters!!!! :bounce:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:20 PM
Finally they go with someone other than their parents

ico4498
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:23 PM
Finally they go with someone other than their parents

?

they've worked with other coaches before.

BONES08
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:27 PM
They've worked with him numerous times. He helped Vee at Wimbeldon.
Go to the Mark Hwallty thread.

Andy.
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:27 PM
I hope he works them really hard in the Aussie sun to that they are really fit and ready to go for the Australian condititions. Especially Serena.

tennisjay
Dec 19th, 2005, 09:34 PM
I hope he works them really hard in the Aussie sun to that they are really fit and ready to go for the Australian condititions. Especially Serena.


I hope he work them hard to especially Serena, something tells me that next year Venus will be on a mission, at the end of this year Venus seem to had picked it up as far as her tennis she just happen to be beaten by a determine Kim at the US Open.

new-york
Dec 19th, 2005, 10:18 PM
I hope he'll help them to go where they belong.

RVD
Dec 19th, 2005, 10:31 PM
SERENA and Venus Williams will attempt to arrest a perceived slide from dominance by turning Melbourne Park into the house of pain before the Australian Open.:lol: I like that! That's powerful.
Maybe my girls can transfer that pain to their AO opponents. :devil:

Venus = Queen of Pain. :worship:
Serena = Princess of Pain. :worship:

LOVES IT!

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 19th, 2005, 10:34 PM
im sceptical that it will help them

auntie janie
Dec 20th, 2005, 12:25 AM
Excellent! Sounds like V & S really want to get this season off to a great start. :yeah: IS EVERYBODY READY??? :D

Sanneriet
Dec 20th, 2005, 12:41 AM
Well, eight days will help a lot in terms of jet lag and getting acclimated, but the hard work in fitness will need to be done already.

azinna
Dec 20th, 2005, 12:47 AM
I agree with Sanneriet. I hope they are doing quite a bit more before landing in Melbourne.

vwfan
Dec 20th, 2005, 01:22 AM
I agree with Sanneriet. I hope they are doing quite a bit more before landing in Melbourne.Venus is fit. Serena has hopefully been able to keep working on conditioning. I wouldn't say that these two weeks are the sum total of their preparation. Since they don't observe holidays, they'll probably be working right through to land in Australian ready to hit and get into top shape form.

Paneru
Dec 20th, 2005, 01:44 AM
im sceptical that it will help them

Sure didn't hurt Venus @ Wimbledon! :cool:

Venus won Wimbledon working with him,
so why not do the same in Australia! ;)

Jennifer North
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:19 AM
what they really need is a physical trainer... Serena also needs a dietician, a fashion consultant and table manners... :o

Justeenium
Dec 20th, 2005, 02:41 AM
:D :D what they really need is a physical trainer... Serena also needs a dietician, a fashion consultant and table manners... :o
:D :D

Rising Sun
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:08 AM
Mark Hlawaty is Victorian? I thought he was from WA all along... :confused:

Janet
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:14 AM
Boy I can not wait for the AO 2005 with Hingis back will,will this will will be some 2006 in the tennis world I really hope Venus/Serena can meet hingis I remember the it will between hingis/williams and even more with the new comer on borad this is going to be some fun!!! 2 more weeks to go................

K-Dog
Dec 20th, 2005, 03:32 AM
Let's not forget that they will be in Hong Kong before they go to work with Mark Hlawaty in Melbourne. Venus seems to be fight and ready to go. Serena is a question mark, but we'll have to see what's up in Hong Kong. I think that with their prior preparations and even 8 days is enough for most top players as long as they are fit. They have been playing long enough for it to be automatic on getting the groove back on the strokes.

tennnisfannn
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:25 AM
Finally they go with someone other than their parents
The issters have been working with mark for a while, at least on the aussie circuit. mark first worked with serena in 2003 when she made her debut at the hopman cup. I just wasn't aware he was a coach, he has descibed himself on t.v as their hitting partner.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:53 AM
sorry I didn't know :(

LucasArg
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:57 AM
I wonder if when they get to Melbourn Park will hit with other players. Does they ever do that?

K-Dog
Dec 20th, 2005, 04:59 AM
I wonder if when they get to Melbourn Park will hit with other players. Does they ever do that?

nope, just male hitting partners and each other.

santhuruu
Dec 20th, 2005, 05:42 AM
So it was true Serena did have surgery in October of this year. I hope she will be okay:d

Seyz
Dec 20th, 2005, 07:12 AM
serena had surgery AGAIN? Was this a secret? Did she not want her opponents to know so that they could take advantage of her bad knee? Or does everyone on this board know and I'm out of the loop.