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Jul 24th, 2002, 09:28 PM


Williams resumes tournament play Wednesday, July 24, 2002

(07-24) 11:55 PDT STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly three weeks after losing the No. 1 ranking -- and the title at Wimbledon -- Venus Williams resumes tournament play at the Bank of the West Classic this week with her sights set on getting back to the top.

"My Grand Slam record was so nice for awhile, now it's a little marred," Williams said Wednesday as she prepared to meet Meghann Shaughnessy in the second round on Thursday. "More than anything I'd like to play well here." Williams brings a 41-6 record, with four tournament titles, into this year's event at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

Three of those losses have come to her younger sister, Serena, including the finals at the French Open and Wimbledon. "She's a great player," said Williams. "You have to play well or go home with a loss. Sometimes I play well and still lose." Williams, a two-time Wimbledon champion, returns to her professional roots this week. She made her debut at this event when it was held at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. She won the title at Stanford in 1999 and 2000, but was upset by Shaughnessy in last year's quarterfinals.

"That seems like so long ago," said Williams. "I wouldn't call it revenge, but I do hate losing. I just have to play consistently and serve well." Williams, ranked second in the world (and in her own family), took a week off following her loss in England. She returned to practice with the goal of using the summer tournaments to get ready for the U.S. Open in New York and yet another possible showdown with her sister.

"This has always been a great tournament," said Williams. "I want to make sure I'm technically sound and build confidence. I'm always confident, but it's better when you're playing well. I love being in California and I enjoy this part of the year. For me, it's somewhat cool. Florida can get crazy hot. Now I have to wear sweaters."

The top-seeded Williams is one of six players among the top nine entered in the tournament. American Monica Seles (No. 4), defending champion Kim Clijsters (5) of Belgium, Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic (6) and American Lindsay Davenport (9) are all still alive, while Belgium's Justine Henin (7) was upset by American Marissa Irvin in the first round on Tuesday. "I think I'm ready," said Williams.

Jul 24th, 2002, 09:32 PM
With Shaughnessy and Kournikova both having nice wins, Venus will be pushed early in this tournament for sure! But I'm sure she would rather play tough competition than some no-name ranked #200.

Jul 24th, 2002, 09:46 PM
i think that people are underestimating kournikova and shaugnessy...as a "venus fly trap" and "serena suicide" fan i actually worry about lower ranked players going up against them especially if they have never met before because most have that "i have nothing to lose" mentality...i know that sounds weird...

Jul 24th, 2002, 09:54 PM
http://www.fortunecity.com/olympia/bischoff/239/d835e640.gif do your think girl :P

Jul 24th, 2002, 10:30 PM
You go Infiniti2001. I love that feather. I gave Venus an Indian name = "Rising Glory." Now I will also call her Queen Feather."

Thank you. It's beautiful - and to think my favorite color is green.

Jul 25th, 2002, 01:40 AM
Can anyone tell me where I can read the stats for last year US OPEN

Jul 25th, 2002, 03:06 AM
All I remember is that Venus only had 4 winners and Serena had 36 unforced errors.

Jul 25th, 2002, 03:25 AM
You can find all the stats here

Scoreboard (http://www.usopen.org/scores/index.html) :P

Jul 25th, 2002, 03:31 AM
How come Venus got moved to Thursday?

Jul 25th, 2002, 03:56 AM
I trust her, I know she will be back to the top:D

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:06 AM
Venus is in denial. She's going to go through what everyone did (Seles, Hingis, Davenport) and she will be slamless for a long time wether she likes it or not.

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:09 AM
selesrules, whether or not that's true, you realize you just opened up a can of worms?

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:14 AM
Don't worry, Williams fans know wishful thinking when they see it. The dreamer dreameth :rolleyes: :D

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:28 AM
Originally posted by selesrules
Venus is in denial. She's going to go through what everyone did (Seles, Hingis, Davenport) and she will be slamless for a long time wether she likes it or not. Does that mean Serena will win all the Slams for the foreseeable future? Hmmm, didn't think of that one. ;)

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:34 AM
Oliver: I think when lower-ranked players go up against Venus and take a set, they are happy enough and fold.

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:44 AM
Go Venus....
:bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Jul 25th, 2002, 09:08 AM
Go Queen:kiss:

Jul 25th, 2002, 09:18 AM
Venus---Back to the top where she belongs!

Williams Rulez
Jul 25th, 2002, 09:48 AM
Good luck Venus... make it back to the top! :D

Jul 25th, 2002, 10:10 AM
sorry about name spelling