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Muffin the Mule
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:24 AM
As expected :(

On BBC Sport ticker bar now

Uranus
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:25 AM
:( Hope to see her back soon...

Vaidisova
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:26 AM
SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Former world number one Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's Australian Open with a wrist injury.

An Australian Open official told Reuters on Wednesday that Williams had withdrawn from the first grand slam of 2007 because of a left wrist injury.

Williams, 26, reached the final of the Australian Open in 2003, losing to younger sister Serena, but has not made it past the fourth round at Melbourne Park since.

Williams, currently ranked 48 in the world, joins world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne among the absentees from this year's event, starting on Jan. 15.

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyid=2007-01-10T091544Z_01_SP187791_RTRIDST_0_TENNIS-OPEN-VENUS.XML

Josh.
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:26 AM
future is looking bleak ..

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:27 AM
Not surprised. :(

Oh well, hope she's back out on court soon.

lindsayno1
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:34 AM
this AO is gonna suck big time. Glad i have exams when its on!

No:
Venus
Mary
Lindsay
Justine
Myskina probably
anyone else?

Shimizu Amon
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:48 AM
Well it's not big of a shocker now is it?
Let's just hope she will be back soon.

Marcus1979
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:02 AM
on the bright side her ranking won't suffer since she was defending a whopping 2 pts :lol:

ce
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:03 AM
as expected,get well soon venus:hug:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:09 AM
shame but no surprise

MrSerenaWilliams
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:13 AM
not surprised, but still sad...this is the 1st time she's missed 2 straight majors :sad: but better a no-show than a bad, early loss. Come back strong Vee! :yeah:

Darrin'll be here soon to say something cynical :rolleyes:

tennisboi
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:17 AM
future is looking bleak ..

I agree she hasn't been right since for a long time I wonder is it the end?:tape:

Ben.
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:18 AM
disappointing, but ah well hope when that injury heals she'll be ready & raring to go.

UncleZeke
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:37 AM
she's a champion. she knows if she's ready or not.

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Sucks. :(

supergrunt
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:42 AM
This is terrible

.david.
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:46 AM
expected but it still sucks

Il Primo!
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:53 AM
Sad

V-MAC
Jan 10th, 2007, 10:54 AM
:sad: damn. really disappointing news:( hmm, guess I'll throw my full support behind Jankovic now for the Aus. Open but it won't be the same with no Vee to root for.

new-york
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:04 AM
ok.

TomTennis
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:29 AM
This is awful :sad:

What a sad day its bin for Williams fans :sad: Serena lost, now Venus is out of AO...her second straight major that she cant play because of her injury :sad:

Get well soon Vee! :bounce: :hearts:

Serena.....go and win the AO!!! :devil: :hearts:

TomTennis
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:31 AM
She wont play another major for at least FOUR months :sad: :sad:

Nicolas
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:35 AM
So there'll be a LL ????

Marcus1979
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:40 AM
draw doesn't get made till Friday so I don't think so :shrug:

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:47 AM
You fuckers are lying to me :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

The Daviator
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:52 AM
Vee :hug:

Nicolas
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:55 AM
draw doesn't get made till Friday so I don't think so :shrug:


Quallies draws already done......... Matches starts on thursday.

We'll see.......... If no LL, Katerina Bondarenko moves to MD :)

tenn_ace
Jan 10th, 2007, 11:56 AM
crap. not so much because of AO, but because it seems that her wrist is not really healing :( doesn't look good at all.

Highlandman
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:09 PM
What a day :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :sad: :sad: :sad:

tennisIlove09
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:32 PM
:( :sad:

Viktymise
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:34 PM
:sad: but i thought she was going to any, even if she was healthy she has played so few match in the past few months, i hope to see her in Antwerp :kiss:

cometz9
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:49 PM
:sad: :sobbing: i knew this was coming. No Venus and Lindsay at the AO this year. Where the hell are u Jennifer?

Shuji Shuriken
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:55 PM
God Vee :sobbing: :bigcry: :sobbing:. Come back quick and come back strong...please :sobbing:

Vlover
Jan 10th, 2007, 12:58 PM
:sad: :sad: Hope to see you in March then sweetie:kiss:

iMe
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:07 PM
I dont understand how somebodys wrist can be injured when they havent played in atleast 2-3 months :(

Marcus1979
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:12 PM
remember in 2000

Venus had Wrist tendonitis

she never retured to the tour till Rome that year or something

auntie janie
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Poor Vee. She must be so disappointed. :sad:

Just Do It
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:57 PM
:mad: Who is next ?

stkenyi
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:58 PM
I think Venus had wrist surgery. She is letting it heal

iMe
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:10 PM
I think Venus had wrist surgery. She is letting it heal

:eek: didnt know that , thanks :p

iMe
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:10 PM
get well soon venus !!!! :cry:

najad
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:15 PM
that's sad but it's the best for her! hope she will be back on tour soon and healthy.:)

AnnaK_4ever
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:26 PM
Expected :sad:

And it leaves us with only 6 Grand Slam champions competing at the Australian Open (and Kuznetsova and Serena are still under question too, I think).

vesanto
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Well, it hurts not to see her competing but I also prefer her not to play than play injured or not 100% and lose with a low-ranked player...Come back strong and full of will Venus!

The Dawntreader
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:53 PM
Devastated:sad:

Now all my favs are out really, bar Jankovic and Serena:sad:

nikita771
Jan 10th, 2007, 02:56 PM
I was afraid that this would happen. Get better soon, Vee :sad:

winone23
Jan 10th, 2007, 03:50 PM
Man I wanted Venus to come back. Get well soon Venus!!!

:inlove:
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:01 PM
Shocker. :o
Great day for me.

LucasArg
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Venus :sad: Get well soon! :kiss:

TennisSTUD
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:09 PM
This is not a surprise.

Tenis Srbija
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Sad... :sad:

Nemesis
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:38 PM
damn ... First Ju, now Vee. My 2 favs out of the AO :sad:

Get well soon Vee. Damn injury :sad:

Williams-forever
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Surprise, Surprise...Venus, im gonna cut off your left arm, and then force you to wear an artificial limb:lol:

LDF
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:41 PM
Expected.

But it's still disappointing :sad:

GQGuy1
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:41 PM
I think tennis as we know it is gone. We need Serena, Venus, Lindsay, Jenn, Monica, Anna, and Hingis, but those days are over. I think next year will be Venus last year followed by Serena.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:42 PM
Oh I was afraid that would happen...
Get well soon Vee, we miss you :awww:

SoClose
Jan 10th, 2007, 04:58 PM
Get well soon Vee!

RJWCapriati
Jan 10th, 2007, 06:23 PM
:sad: :sad:

*Jean*
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:07 PM
Venus :(:(

soccerjock
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:12 PM
I'm not surprised but disappointed.. But if her injury is there she shouldnt play!

Come back soon Venus!

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:25 PM
I think tennis as we know it is gone. We need Serena, Venus, Lindsay, Jenn, Monica, Anna, and Hingis, but those days are over.
Yeah, I miss those days too. :sobbing:

darrinbaker00
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:43 PM
Personally, I hope Venus looks at this as an opportunity, not an obstacle. Instead of saying, "I can't play because of my left wrist," she should say to herself, "I can't play my power baseline game right now because of my left wrist, so I'll take Billie Jean and Zina Garrison's advice and develop a serve-and-volley game. That way, when my wrist does allow me to play, I can mix it up a bit." I know Venus never reads this board, but I hope that thought crosses her mind.

Kipling
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Yeah, I miss those days too. :sobbing:

Now, this will probably offend some, but so be it. You miss those times because you see them through rose-colored glasses, or because your favorite was a part of that era. With time, you'll see them differently.

I'm old enough to remember watching women's tournaments when Chris, THE Martina, and Tracy Austin were winning 99% of them. When wood racquets were the latest and greatest technology. When "We've Come a Long Way Baby" was the rallying cry on the women's tour.

To me, nothing will ever compare with those "old days". To me, the "dominance" of Graf and Seles was due to nothing more than the aging of Chris and Martina, and the tragic premature end to Tracy Austin's career.

Now, of course, I realize that with each passing era the players get bigger, fitter, stronger, and their useful shelf life gets shorter. That makes comparing players from the present and past meaningless, IMHO. What happened five years ago has no bearing on what happens today. The game changes so much in that span it's almost unbelieveable.

The game evolves, like it or not. You either evolve with it, and find new favorites as the old ones leave the game, or you find something else to do with your time. In truth, there's nothing particularly special about any era of the game. They all form a part of the game's history.

Personally, I think tennis is as compelling and competitive now as it has ever been, and I like it. I like where it's headed, apart from the fact that the players are making too much money, and that is causing fewer matchups between the game's elite. But that's another story.

:inlove:
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Personally, I hope Venus looks at this as an opportunity, not an obstacle. Instead of saying, "I can't play because of my left wrist," she should say to herself, "I can't play my power baseline game right now because of my left wrist, so I'll take Billie Jean and Zina Garrison's advice and develop a serve-and-volley game. That way, when my wrist does allow me to play, I can mix it up a bit." I know Venus never reads this board, but I hope that thought crosses her mind.

Too wordy. :p

new-york
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:55 PM
wise. i guess.

though i'd like some of her words about the whole situation.

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 10th, 2007, 08:19 PM
Now, this will probably offend some, but so be it. You miss those times because you see them through rose-colored glasses, or because your favorite was a part of that era. With time, you'll see them differently.

I'm old enough to remember watching women's tournaments when Chris, THE Martina, and Tracy Austin were winning 99% of them. When wood racquets were the latest and greatest technology. When "We've Come a Long Way Baby" was the rallying cry on the women's tour.

To me, nothing will ever compare with those "old days". To me, the "dominance" of Graf and Seles was due to nothing more than the aging of Chris and Martina, and the tragic premature end to Tracy Austin's career.

Now, of course, I realize that with each passing era the players get bigger, fitter, stronger, and their useful shelf life gets shorter. That makes comparing players from the present and past meaningless, IMHO. What happened five years ago has no bearing on what happens today. The game changes so much in that span it's almost unbelieveable.

The game evolves, like it or not. You either evolve with it, and find new favorites as the old ones leave the game, or you find something else to do with your time. In truth, there's nothing particularly special about any era of the game. They all form a part of the game's history.

Personally, I think tennis is as compelling and competitive now as it has ever been, and I like it. I like where it's headed, apart from the fact that the players are making too much money, and that is causing fewer matchups between the game's elite. But that's another story.
Great post.

But the fact remains I still miss the rosy days when my faves were around though. :p That's not any insult to today's tennis, that's just my opinion.

Mina Vagante
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:24 PM
i never really thought she was guna play but i hope she comes back and wins more titles

TomTennis
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:30 PM
I didnt actually realise that I was such a one-dimensioal tennis fan until now.

With Venus and Lindsay out of the AO, the only matches I will watch are Serena's and if (i have high hopes she wont!!!!) loses, then i'll end up switching it off and only checking scores if I cross them on wtaworld :sad:

Venus, rest up :worship: Dont rush back until you want to :)

TomTennis
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Now, this will probably offend some, but so be it. You miss those times because you see them through rose-colored glasses, or because your favorite was a part of that era. With time, you'll see them differently.

I'm old enough to remember watching women's tournaments when Chris, THE Martina, and Tracy Austin were winning 99% of them. When wood racquets were the latest and greatest technology. When "We've Come a Long Way Baby" was the rallying cry on the women's tour.

To me, nothing will ever compare with those "old days". To me, the "dominance" of Graf and Seles was due to nothing more than the aging of Chris and Martina, and the tragic premature end to Tracy Austin's career.

Now, of course, I realize that with each passing era the players get bigger, fitter, stronger, and their useful shelf life gets shorter. That makes comparing players from the present and past meaningless, IMHO. What happened five years ago has no bearing on what happens today. The game changes so much in that span it's almost unbelieveable.

The game evolves, like it or not. You either evolve with it, and find new favorites as the old ones leave the game, or you find something else to do with your time. In truth, there's nothing particularly special about any era of the game. They all form a part of the game's history.

Personally, I think tennis is as compelling and competitive now as it has ever been, and I like it. I like where it's headed, apart from the fact that the players are making too much money, and that is causing fewer matchups between the game's elite. But that's another story.


Great post...

..but then again that is just the era that you were around in. I too miss the days of Venus/Serena/Hingis/Anna/Linds/Jen/Mon because it seemed as though tennis became more than a sport in those times, i.e. the bitchy, the fashion, the designs, rackets etc.

You are right that tennis moves with time, and only time will tell if Venus and Serena will be part of this "new generation" era, hopefully they will be and make a name for themselves once again, because the wtatour does still need their biggest names around.

(btw, Im not comparing era's, just saying how I miss the era where I started following tennis)

vw.
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:48 PM
Venus! :sad: :sad:
Rest up Venus! Get well soon! :hug:

Denise4925
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Oh well. :sad: I'm not surprised though. I hope to see her in Miami.

moon
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:55 PM
not a shocker.
but still disappointing.

southpaw58
Jan 10th, 2007, 09:56 PM
I hope to see her sooner than Miami. Anterwp. I just want them to comeback strong. More titles and more sucess.

~Eclipsed~
Jan 11th, 2007, 06:39 AM
This was the best decision on her part. As much as i would love to watch her play, i also don't want to see a first round exit again because she's underprepared and has a bummed wrist. Poor Venus...Get better soon!