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anshu19
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:05 PM
Due to a sprained ligament, Venus Williams has had to withdraw from the fifth edition of the Proximus Diamond Games Antwerp.

http://www.sport.be/nl/images/2006/februari/venuszegtaf.jpgNo Venus Williams in Antwerp this year. (photo photonews)"The Proximus Diamond Games is a fantastic event that I have enjoyed playing over the years. The tournament staff has always been extremely hospitable and this has become one of my favorite events. I am especially disappointed about not having an opportunity to win the diamond racquet this year but I do hope to return in 2007.", says Venus Williams.

"Our diamond racket will stay in Belgium for at least another year. Obviously we were looking forward to have Venus once again in our tournament. She has been a key player in the promotion of our event and is incredibly popular in Belgium. But as with other top players, injuries have been putting her back. Fortunately we still have an incredible field with 6 top 10 players.", says tournament director Bob Verbeeck.

These top 10 players are Kim Clijsters, Amélie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Patty Schnyder, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova.

Wiggly
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:06 PM
News from yesterday :)

hotandspicey
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:18 PM
News from yesterday :)
True. But nice article. :)

Direwolf
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:30 PM
Ohh..i thought that the diamond racket will stay for 2 more years.

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 12th, 2006, 04:06 PM
sprained ligament or afraid to play?!? the williams sisters are really doubting me and that's hard to do.:(

hotandspicey
Feb 12th, 2006, 04:17 PM
[QUOTE=SAEKeithSerena]sprained ligament or afraid to play?!? the williams sisters are really doubting me and that's hard to do.:([/QUOTE
I'm sure you don't believe what you just said.:rolleyes:

Veenut
Feb 12th, 2006, 04:24 PM
How unfortunate for Venus but life goes on... I know it must be very frustrating for Venus as well but "it is what it is". I wish you a speedy recovery Vee and best wishes for your future tournies. With all your mishaps, something good will burst through again for you soon!!!

nhissan
Feb 12th, 2006, 05:57 PM
I don't understand I thought this year was the last chance for Venus

Geoffry
Feb 12th, 2006, 06:06 PM
I don't understand I thought this year was the last chance for Venus
I don't think that it's divided in 5 year-cycli (2002-2006/2007-2009/...). It's just that you have to win three times in 5 years. Venus' victory in 2002 won't count next year, but the one from 2003 will. Of course, if she wins it next year, she still won't be able to win it in 2008, because the one from 2003 would have expired by then. So Venus' first chance of winning it would be in 2009 :)

And by saying "the racket will stay in Antwerp for at least one more year" they're probably referring to Clijsters and Mauresmo, who have a chance at winning the racket in 2007 if they win Antwerp for the second time this year.