View Full Version : Will Venus Still Be Ranked #1 At Roland Garros?

May 7th, 2002, 03:09 PM
If someone/Serena takes out Jennifer at this week's tourney - then I think Venus will remain number one.

And if Venus does good at the IO next week - she will be ranked #1 at the FO.

I think Jennifer has a lot of pressure on her to defend her FO title - but IMO - she should shake the pressure off and just play her game.

I predict right now that Venus will win the FO and w/'Lil Sis bringing up the rear. Hopefully, because the PTB don't think the Sisters have a snowball chance in 'ell at winning the FO - they will be put on different sides of the draw. And then - look out!

Hopefully, Martina will show up - because we all know that she is a sure bet to make the quarters. So who knows - she might make it to the semis and beyond if the PPs are upset early enough.

Todd Holcomb - Staff
Tuesday, May 7, 2002

French a lure for U.S. stars

The French Open is their worst major, but Venus Williams and Pete Sampras reiterated last week how much they would treasure winning it.

The difference is that for Williams, a French title seems inevitable given her youth and talent. For Sampras, it's almost inconceivable, though you can't blame a guy for trying.

Williams reached a clay-court final in Hamburg last week and lost to Kim Clijsters, the 2001 French runner-up. Now that Williams is ranked No. 1, she has made it a goal to win at Roland Garros, where she lost in the first round last year to Barbara Schett.

"It's very important to my priorities, probably No. 1," Williams said. "I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to win, but it will be a real dream."

Sampras is encouraged by beating Andre Agassi on red clay last month in Houston and has taken a wild card this week into the Tennis Masters Series in Rome, which he won in 1994.

Sampras has gone out in the first or second round in Paris for four straight years, but now he is coached by clay-court specialist Jose Higueras. It was Higueras who guided Jim Courier during his French titles in 1991 and '92.

"He knows what clay-courters think whey they play a big server like me," Sampras said.

It's probably wishful thinking, but Sampras made the French semifinals in 1996. Williams has never made it past the quarters.

The French Open begins in three weeks.

Surgery for Ivanisevic

Goran Ivanisevic, who said he probably would retire after Wimbledon, may never play again. According to a newspaper report, Ivanisevic will have surgery on his left shoulder that likely will preclude defending his Wimbledon title.

"The way things are, there's no sense in it," Ivanisevic said..

Meanwhile, the news is good for Gustavo Kuerten. The French champion came back from hip surgery to win a couple of matches last week in Mallorca.

"Tennis is like a bicycle," Kuerten said. "A lot of time can pass and you still know how to play."

Fed up Capriati?

Jennifer Capriati figures to make her first live comments about the recent Federation Cup drama this week at the German Open. Capriati issued only a statement protesting Billie Jean King's decision to drop her from the team last week. Without Capriati, the Fed Cup team lost to Austria and will be forced to play a home relegation match July 20-21 against Israel.

Dogs have their day.

May 7th, 2002, 06:18 PM
Venus will be #1 after the Frenchies for sure!;)

May 7th, 2002, 06:49 PM

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Men's tennis is boring, yawns Venus

She may be absent from the German Open as she has a week off after Sunday's final loss in Hamburg - but world number one Venus Williams still managed to have her say in slamming men's tennis as boring.

"Quite honestly I find men's tennis quite boring," remarked Venus airily, while denying that she has any plans to retire in the near future.

Venus' father Richard caused a stir recently when he suggested that the Wimbledon and Olympic champion might soon hang up her racket and go into business - but the 21-year-old Californian was adamant that day was still a long way off.

"He didn't tell me that personally. I want to keep on playing for a long time," fashion design student Venus told Sport Bild magazine, while admitting that "my biggest dream is to obtain a college diploma."

Venus, who said she had no interest in watching men's tennis, suggested it was futile to compare the two sexes when it comes to tennis when asked if she could beat some of the top male stars.

"I'd probably lose to the number 200 player. But you can't compare apples with pears."

US legend Billie Jean King famously waved the flag for the women's game in winning the tennis battle of the sexes in September 1973, beating Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas.

But Venus shows no signs of trying to emulate that particular achievement of King.

Another Berlin absentee is Anna Kournikova, the Russian glamour girl preferring to seek out her first career singles title in Warsaw this week.

And Venus thinks that first success will eventually come.

"She's nice - I never had a problem with her. Anna's very talented."


May 7th, 2002, 11:16 PM
>>"Quite honestly I find men's tennis quite boring," remarked Venus airily, while denying that she has any plans to retire in the near future.<<

HA!! Too funny. :p

>>Venus, who said she had no interest in watching men's tennis, suggested it was futile to compare the two sexes when it comes to tennis when asked if she could beat some of the top male stars.

"I'd probably lose to the number 200 player. But you can't compare apples with pears." <<

Well, I don't know...maybe she might be able to beat someone around 300 or 400. She's a very different player than she was a few years ago, during the Karsten Braasch match. Remember that?

May 7th, 2002, 11:27 PM
What is wrong w/the below written article peeps?

Number 1: Why did the author pick Venus & Pat? Were they just picked out the blue?

I admit I agree w/their assessment - cause Venus & Pat surely can follow the ball w/their eyes. Duh!

Have you ever considered how vital your eyesight is when playing tennis? Top Wimbledon players, such as Pat Rafter and Venus Williams, have far better visual abilities than the average person either naturally or with extra training. In her prime, Martina Navratilova would use special eye training equipment every day.

Did you know that you can now obtain tennis contact lenses. They are designed specifically to enhance the appearance of the ball so that you can see the ball more easily. These special contact lenses have a special yellow tint designed to enhance the yellow colour of a tennis ball.

A detailed eye examination is recommended as a first step, which may reveal visual difficulties related to your ability to play golf. A sports vision assessment involves further investigation of various visual skills to highlight any weaknesses and recommendations are then made in a detailed sports vision report.

Accuracy of vision or how well you can see the flight of the ball during a rally. A refractive vision assessment will determine if any optical correction is required. Best vision is usually achieved using contact lenses but special spectacles can be of value if a progressive lens (which corrects for far and near) is needed. Contact lenses are better in rain but wrap around spectacles can protect against strong breezes.

Depth perception is also known as stereoscopic vision and is the ability of the eyes to judge distances such as that between the racket and the ball. Your assessment can be accurate only if both eyes are controlled precisely by the eye muscles. This is a visual ability which may be able to be improved if it is found to be below normal. An assessment can be carried out in the Practice to determine the stereoscopic acuity and exercises advised for its improvement.

The ability to pick out the ball against the background of the trees or a crowd in dull or hazy conditions can usually be improved by the use of coloured filters. The colour which is best for you will need to be determined during a sports vision assessment.

Your eyes need to be able to focus from ball to racket and the accuracy of this focusing ability may be affected by tiredness especially if there is a problem using the two eyes together. This ability can be measured in the Practice and you can do exercises at home if it is found to be deficient.

You need to be aware of the position of the white lines on the court while you are looking at the ball. Increasing your peripheral awareness can improve concentration and balance. This can be often be improved by the use of quite simple exercises which can be done at home.

Although not purely visual, this skill is essential if you are to be able to make perfect contact with the ball. The visual imput has to be translated into spatial location by the brain which triggers the various muscles of the body to move in such a way as to enable you to connect racket with ball.

May 8th, 2002, 06:55 AM
I like this thread. :)
Stay at #1, VENUS!

Williams Rulez
May 8th, 2002, 09:52 AM
Yes!! :hearts: :hearts:

May 8th, 2002, 02:40 PM
X-cuse me if the article below has already been posted. Again - WTA FANS must still be on the blink. I wonder if funds are an issue?

In the below article - the writer appears to be questioning Venus' ankle injury against Martina. Tsk..Tsk..Tsk.

Also - didn't I mention Kim & Leyton? Good 'ole Kim gives it right back though.

I'll tell ya. Things are getting ready to be heating up on Centre Court.


Venus humble after Clijsters victory

Richard Jago in Hamburg
Monday May 6, 2002
The Guardian

Venus Williams said last week that the only person who would beat her here would be herself - and she proved her point yesterday. She overwhelmed Kim Clijsters for the first 40 minutes, swung at drive volleys from mid-court as though swatting away insects, led by a set and a break, and then dissolved into a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to the 18-year-old Belgian which cost her the Betty Barclay Cup title.

That big first serve disappeared, counter-attacks deteriorated into defensive scrambling, and the world No1's game became as low pressure as the damp Hamburg weather. After a strangely ineffective performance Williams wisely consumed a crumb or two of humble pie.

"Kim served well, moved well and got a lot of balls back, and she has a great base to her game," she admitted. "I hit a lot of great shots at the beginning but it is difficult to keep hitting these when someone plays consistently and keeps the ball in play." Plausibly gracious as it sounded, it was nevertheless a load of baloney.

No one plays a more consistent game than Martina Hingis, and hers was stridently dismissed by the champion in Saturday's semi-finals. Failing to take the initiative against Venus Williams is like tossing a match on to a firearm's arsenal, and usually results in high-velocity, high-decibel destruction.

The truth is this was not the real Venus Williams. She walked gingerly between points, appeared inhibited about using her left foot as a fulcrum while serving, and gave the impression she was carrying an injury. That may be a nastier blow to her hopes of winning her first Grand Slam title on a clay court next month than this defeat to a cocky and ambitious teenager.

Clijsters even bristled at the suggestion that practising with her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt earlier in the week might have helped her. "I think perhaps I might have helped him," she said contrarily. But the depth of her conviction that she can emulate him as No1 was shown by the intensity with which she denied it.

Clijsters hung in hard and, when opportunities unexpectedly presented themselves, took risks in attack. Williams's strengths were in the good sense with which she handled the defeat. "I have to play better than that," she said, "but I will go home, have one day's rest, and work out what went wrong. I can be OK soon." But whether that will be soon enough for the French Open is another matter.

May 8th, 2002, 07:06 PM
Thanx for posting the article, GoGoGirl. Interesting how writers can distort things ... sort of leaves a nasty taste :rolleyes:

May 8th, 2002, 11:39 PM
thanks. good article