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BHAMACE
Apr 9th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

Venus Williams will miss another tournament next week in Charleston, S.C., as she undergoes tests for a medical issue that her agent said Wednesday isn't serious.

The six-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked woman plans to return to the tour at next month's Italian Open and then participate in the year's remaining Grand Slams.

"This not a hiatus. This is not a break from the tour," her agent, Carlos Fleming, said in a telephone interview. "This was a limited window where she could get these evaluations before the three major tournaments and Olympics this summer."

Williams, currently ranked No. 6, was already sitting out this week's tournament at Amelia Island, Fla., and she withdrew from Charleston on Wednesday. She did not cite an injury in pulling out of those events and is making off-court appearances at both.

Williams played last week at Key Biscayne, Fla., reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

"Venus has assured me that there's no serious medical problem," Fleming said. "But she did see this timing as a good opportunity to have these evaluations to make sure that her health is in order."

Neither Williams, who spoke to reporters at Amelia Island on Tuesday, nor Fleming would go into specifics about the nature of the medical issue.

After Williams lost to eventual champion Justine Henin in the U.S. Open semifinals in September, her mother and coach, Oracene Price, said Williams was taking medicine for anemia. Price said at the time that her daughter learned she had the condition after winning Wimbledon in July.

Fleming said Williams expects to be back on the court practicing sometime by the end of next week and fully intends to compete in the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open -- as well as the Beijing Olympics, where she aims to play in singles and in doubles with her younger sister Serena.

But Fleming said that an "ambitious" travel schedule so far in 2008 -- including stops in Doha, Qatar; Bangalore, India; and Melbourne, Australia -- made the 27-year-old Williams want to "make sure that her health was 100 percent on track."

The Italian Open, played in Rome, starts May 12. It is one of the key tuneup tournaments played on clay courts ahead of the French Open, which begins May 25.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

V-MAC
Apr 9th, 2008, 07:55 PM
ah so only 4 weeks off really which is good to hear. Hope Vee will feel fully refreshed and healthy when she comes back in Rome :)

V's a star
Apr 9th, 2008, 07:57 PM
thats good to hear i guess.... hope she enters Berlin to she needs claycourt practice

sweetpeas
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:00 PM
GREAT NEWS...My heart,stop for a moment~ Love you VENUS WILLIAMS:wavey::bounce::cool::)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!

xr6turbo
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:17 PM
See you then Venus :) :rocker2:

hingis44
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:20 PM
I hope it is not a serious when i see the news aboit daniela and the cancer,im am stress!

SV_Fan
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:20 PM
Good to hear

QUEENLINDSAY
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:24 PM
looks more serious to me. maybe personal.

Slutiana
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:25 PM
See! Everyone was having heart attacks. The only thing shocking was the thread title. :lol:

Slumpsova
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:28 PM
why didn't she say what is the injury she has? :confused: i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant :shrug:

starin
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:32 PM
get better Vee and come back and kick everyone's butt like you should :D

that stupid article said "indefinite" amount of time off. They should make a better choice of words next time. And i really am curious as to what is going on w/ her? why so vague? something's up I'm guessing it's something personal like maybe a problem w/ her feminine areas.

frontier
Apr 9th, 2008, 08:36 PM
I think its a prcautionary move so that she wont have to expend a lot of energy during the clay season,last year her campaign was not great she lost early and looked so tired during her 3rd match at RG.
VEE GET WELL SOON WE LOVE YOU:kiss::hearts:

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:08 PM
why didn't she say what is the injury she has? :confused: i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant :shrug:

:weirdo:

OR!! here's the shocker....she could be getting tests done as she said...

kwilliams
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:08 PM
Hopefully she will be back in full force in Rome and can pick up some of the points she is going to drop in the meantime. I hope Chakvetadze loses early this week so Venus can stay at six. I want her to have a good seeding at the FO so that she can go deep in the tournament.

Be well, Venus.

Infiniti2001
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:15 PM
why didn't she say what is the injury she has? :confused: i mean she can't withdraw from both events with no specific injury. well i can't help but start thinking she is pregnant :shrug:

and what if she is pregnant? Pregnancy is not a crime :shrug: Meanwhile, I had a feeling the AP article was blown way out of proportion :help:

frenchie
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:25 PM
Hopefully she will be back in full force in Rome and can pick up some of the points she is going to drop in the meantime. I hope Chakvetadze loses early this week so Venus can stay at six. I want her to have a good seeding at the FO so that she can go deep in the tournament.

Be well, Venus.


Anna C is safe at 6;)

Slumpsova
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:34 PM
and what if she is pregnant? Pregnancy is not a crime :shrug: Meanwhile, I had a feeling the AP article was blown way out of proportion :help:
i've never said pregnancy is a crime :confused:

kwilliams
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Anna C is safe at 6;)

For the moment...but I don't think she'll defend her RG SF points. Venus is almost sure to build on her 3r points.

Venus will lose over 300 points before Rome but hopefully she'll make some points back there and is unlikely to fall below 7 or 8 before RG, where she will hopefully earn a decent amount of points.

Chakvetadze's lucky that Venus has to take a month off. Decent seedings help her to earn points before she inevitably loses points at RG and on the American hardcourts.

Direwolf
Apr 9th, 2008, 09:54 PM
thats a good thing ...

shes getting prepared for
the Rolandgarros-Wimbledon-Beeijing-USO

so thats what those 3 weeks tournaments about...
to prepare herself..

take care Vee

Denise4925
Apr 9th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Whew, I hope he's telling the truth.

faboozadoo15
Apr 9th, 2008, 10:29 PM
For the moment...but I don't think she'll defend her RG SF points. Venus is almost sure to build on her 3r points.


QF points. Chaky will be a top 8 seed, making it impossible for her to play anyone ranked above her before the QF.

Venus if playing well should certainly get past the 3rd round of RG, but she's losing 300 points by not playing before Rome. To make those back up, she'd need a SF at RG.

What's more likely-- Chaky to make the QF again after a full season of clay preparation or Venus to make the SF of RG with little preparation and health woes? I'll leave that up to you. Also, I don't believe there's any difference in being #6 or #7.

supergrunt
Apr 9th, 2008, 11:28 PM
what is wrong with Venus?

Meesh
Apr 9th, 2008, 11:33 PM
good news, so who is using the term "indefinite" in the other thread? Was it the media or agent? I don't want to read 25+ pages to find out.

sundoulos
Apr 9th, 2008, 11:34 PM
The news release give only vague generalizations on why she's not playing. Who knows what it is until it is finally revealed, or "reliable" sources say . . . :confused:

K-Dog
Apr 9th, 2008, 11:45 PM
Okay, good to hear. This article references the slip that Oracene made at the USO about Venus' anemia. She found out after Wimbledon, yet she still pushed herself in Asia? That decision of Venus' and the Doha, Memphis, Bangalore combo was risky too. Hopefully she won't do that again. Thank god it's not serious (if Carlos is telling the truth).

junlee_vee
Apr 10th, 2008, 12:08 AM
It has to be the Anemia right? What other medical tests could she be going through? It sounds to me she just wants to make sure she goes into the heat of the Grandslam season at full strength. And I seriously doubt it's pregnancy! :lol:

eugreene2
Apr 10th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Well, there are some people below chaky that can take her out early. But who even cares about 5 -8. They are all the same to me. Venus needs to just be smart about her schedule. From now on until she retires, she shouldn't do any back to back tourneys. For God's sake, Venus needs to start being wise about her schedule AND her eating. We learned from that blog last year that she doesn't eat right all the time either.

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 12:26 AM
Poor Venus. I hope she gets healthy soon. :)

After Wimbledon this year she will probably have to say "good-bye" to the Top 10 :angel: :wavey:

austennis
Apr 10th, 2008, 12:35 AM
Gooood to hear Vee goodluck on ur return u cant let Serena be the bigger star this year

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 10th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Okay, good to hear. This article references the slip that Oracene made at the USO about Venus' anemia. She found out after Wimbledon, yet she still pushed herself in Asia? That decision of Venus' and the Doha, Memphis, Bangalore combo was risky too. Hopefully she won't do that again. Thank god it's not serious (if Carlos is telling the truth).

If she didn't learn the first time, what makes you think she'll learn this time?

Infiniti2001
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:04 AM
Poor Venus. I hope she gets healthy soon. :)

After Wimbledon this year she will probably have to say "good-bye" to the Top 10 :angel: :wavey:

so what? The world will not end,nor will her career be over jackass :help:

harloo
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:04 AM
Williams undergoes tests for medical issue, will return at Italian Open

Venus Williams will miss another tournament next week in Charleston, S.C., as she undergoes tests for a medical issue that her agent said Wednesday isn't serious.

The six-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked woman plans to return to the tour at next month's Italian Open and then participate in the year's remaining Grand Slams.

"This not a hiatus. This is not a break from the tour," her agent, Carlos Fleming, said in a telephone interview. "This was a limited window where she could get these evaluations before the three major tournaments and Olympics this summer."

Williams, currently ranked No. 6, was already sitting out this week's tournament at Amelia Island, Fla., and she withdrew from Charleston on Wednesday. She did not cite an injury in pulling out of those events and is making off-court appearances at both.

Williams played last week at Key Biscayne, Fla., reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

"Venus has assured me that there's no serious medical problem," Fleming said. "But she did see this timing as a good opportunity to have these evaluations to make sure that her health is in order."

Neither Williams, who spoke to reporters at Amelia Island on Tuesday, nor Fleming would go into specifics about the nature of the medical issue.

After Williams lost to eventual champion Justine Henin in the U.S. Open semifinals in September, her mother and coach, Oracene Price, said Williams was taking medicine for anemia. Price said at the time that her daughter learned she had the condition after winning Wimbledon in July.

Fleming said Williams expects to be back on the court practicing sometime by the end of next week and fully intends to compete in the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open -- as well as the Beijing Olympics, where she aims to play in singles and in doubles with her younger sister Serena.

But Fleming said that an "ambitious" travel schedule so far in 2008 -- including stops in Doha, Qatar; Bangalore, India; and Melbourne, Australia -- made the 27-year-old Williams want to "make sure that her health was 100 percent on track."

The Italian Open, played in Rome, starts May 12. It is one of the key tuneup tournaments played on clay courts ahead of the French Open, which begins May 25.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

I knew the article was an outright lie. Venus didn't even say she was going on hiatus. And to think people just ran with it.:tape::lol:

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:14 AM
so what? The world will not end,nor will her career be over jackass :help:


Oh I forgot, for people like you rankings don't matter...well, for some people they actually do matter. :rolleyes:

40-0
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:16 AM
Actually the anemia problem started at the FO, even venus talked about it after her third round exit.
But i think this problem has been going since 05 (quaters at uso for example) when she suddenly lack of energy, seemed tired and so. Good job by her manager to step it up!

starin
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:18 AM
Actually the anemia problem started at the FO, even venus talked about it after her third round exit.
But i think this problem has been going since 05 (quaters at uso for example) when she suddenly lack of energy, seemed tired and so. Good job by her manager to step it up!

yeah I remember Bolleterri making a comment about it. He said the reason Venus was making so many bad UE in that match was that she was completely exhausted. Actually he said he had never seen Venus look that tired in a match in a long time. She has been looking sluggish this year.

SelesFan70
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Maybe she has that virus Justine had a few years ago! :eek:

AcesHigh
Apr 10th, 2008, 02:24 AM
QF points. Chaky will be a top 8 seed, making it impossible for her to play anyone ranked above her before the QF.

Venus if playing well should certainly get past the 3rd round of RG, but she's losing 300 points by not playing before Rome. To make those back up, she'd need a SF at RG.

What's more likely-- Chaky to make the QF again after a full season of clay preparation or Venus to make the SF of RG with little preparation and health woes? I'll leave that up to you. Also, I don't believe there's any difference in being #6 or #7.

It's more likely for Venus to make the SF with little preparation.. especially since Chakvetadze is not very good on clay and I doubt she'll get as crappy a quarter as she did last year and I don't expect the draw to be so lopsided with Venus, Serena, Vaidisova, Jelena and Justine in the same half. Plus, she's playing terribly.

Poor Venus. I hope she gets healthy soon. :)

After Wimbledon this year she will probably have to say "good-bye" to the Top 10 :angel: :wavey:

:weirdo: Yes, b/c Venus will not improve on her RG performance and she won't defend half of her points at Wimbledon... right?

Or because Marion Bartoli, Patty Schnyder, Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva, or Agnes Szavay will jump ahead of her.. right?

:smash: someone needs their head checked

Dawn Marie
Apr 10th, 2008, 03:01 AM
Oh, the article is as expected. Venus is prepping for the French and Wimbeldon. She is also taking this free time to make sure her anemia is under control.

ImaVeggie
Apr 10th, 2008, 11:32 AM
I hope this is not something serious.

Wishing her the best.

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 11:49 AM
:weirdo: Yes, b/c Venus will not improve on her RG performance and she won't defend half of her points at Wimbledon... right?


If she doesn't reach at least the final at Wimbldon (which is possible but given her inconsistency and health issues not that likely) she will indeed lose more than half of her points at Wimbledon.

She loses about 200 points from Charleston. Then she comes without match practice to Rome and RG, where she has another 200 points to defend from the red clay season last year.

If she doesn't reach the final at RG or Wimbledon or makes the semi-final at both, she will probably be out of the Top Ten, because if she only loses about 500 points from the 1500 points she has to defend until Wimbledon, she will be around 11th place in the rankings.

Pureracket
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:01 PM
If she doesn't reach at least the final at Wimbldon (which is possible but given her inconsistency and health issues not that likely) she will indeed lose more than half of her points at Wimbledon.

She loses about 200 points from Charleston. Then she comes without match practice to Rome and RG, where she has another 200 points to defend from the red clay season last year.

If she doesn't reach the final at RG or Wimbledon or makes the semi-final at both, she will probably be out of the Top Ten, because if she only loses about 500 points from the 1500 points she has to defend until Wimbledon, she will be around 11th place in the rankings.Maybe your wishful thinking about the American will actually come true. Maybe it won't.

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:10 PM
Poor Venus. I hope she gets healthy soon. :)

After Wimbledon this year she will probably have to say "good-bye" to the Top 10 :angel: :wavey:

no bartoli has already said good-bye to the top 10 before wimby...keep up matt ;)

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:12 PM
no bartoli has already said good-bye to the top 10 before wimby...keep up matt ;)


Venus is next :devil:

;)

BuTtErFrEnA
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Venus is next :devil:

;)

not that bad...at least she's won it before :angel: lol

Shuji Shuriken
Apr 10th, 2008, 01:42 PM
I love you Venus :hearts:. I just fucking love you :sobbing:. Get well and get back soon :bigcry:.

Infiniti2001
Apr 10th, 2008, 02:02 PM
Venus is next :devil:

;)

Been there done that.. NEXT :rolleyes:

DA FOREHAND
Apr 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM
matt01, Yet another reason to be pro-choice

Pureracket
Apr 10th, 2008, 03:06 PM
matt01, Yet another reason to be pro-choice
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

Vacant
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:03 PM
Thank god we have a timescale now! :)

Rest well, Vee.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Good for her :yeah:

I was a litte :scared: for a sec, but I'm glad it's all good :bounce:


See you next month Vee! (I hope they play doubles in Roma :hearts: )

V-MAC
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:35 PM
Just saw a getty pic of Vee and Hank chilling at the Masters golf tournament. They look like a chav couple in the all white theme they have going on :lol: :p Vee looks happy though :)

starin
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:38 PM
matt01, Yet another reason to be pro-choice

:lol::tape:

starin
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Just saw a getty pic of Vee and Hank chilling at the Masters golf tournament. They look like a chav couple in the all white theme they have going on :lol: :p Vee looks happy though :)

can you post pleas??:)

AcesHigh
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM
If she doesn't reach at least the final at Wimbldon (which is possible but given her inconsistency and health issues not that likely) she will indeed lose more than half of her points at Wimbledon.

She loses about 200 points from Charleston. Then she comes without match practice to Rome and RG, where she has another 200 points to defend from the red clay season last year.

If she doesn't reach the final at RG or Wimbledon or makes the semi-final at both, she will probably be out of the Top Ten, because if she only loses about 500 points from the 1500 points she has to defend until Wimbledon, she will be around 11th place in the rankings.

When does Venus need match practice? :confused: I'm guessing she'll play more than Rome(possibly Berlin?)

And she'll probably improve on her 3rd round loss at RG. I don't expect her to lose before the quarters before Wimbledon..

And you ignored the rest of my post.. who is going to replace her??

Obviously, this is wishful thinking on your part. As long as Venus doesn't have any major injuries, he place in the top 10 is safe. The form she showed against Kuznetsova is enough to win against most players. She just made errors in the worst times and Kuznetsova was playing well and retrieving like a backboard.

V-MAC
Apr 10th, 2008, 04:43 PM
can you post pleas??:)

Isn't there a rule that you can't post getty images here I think? Anyway you can easily find it by doing a quick search at the website:)

Denise4925
Apr 10th, 2008, 07:12 PM
matt01, Yet another reason to be pro-choice

:spit: :haha:

.Andrew.
Apr 10th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Good to hear. :D

Rest up until Rome, Vee. :hug: :)

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 09:26 PM
When does Venus need match practice? :confused: I'm guessing she'll play more than Rome(possibly Berlin?)

And she'll probably improve on her 3rd round loss at RG. I don't expect her to lose before the quarters before Wimbledon..

And you ignored the rest of my post.. who is going to replace her??

Obviously, this is wishful thinking on your part. As long as Venus doesn't have any major injuries, he place in the top 10 is safe. The form she showed against Kuznetsova is enough to win against most players. She just made errors in the worst times and Kuznetsova was playing well and retrieving like a backboard.


1. The title of this thread says that Venus will return in Rome. Berlin is one week before Rome. How exactly is it possible for Venus to play Berlin when she is returning in Rome? :tape:

2. You expect her to lose not before the quarters in Wimbledon that's fine. Fact is, the Venus had early losses there before, e.g. in 2004 and 2006. That can happen again. Chances are very high that Venus will lose many points at Wimbledon.

3. The question which player is going to replace Venus in the Top Ten is quite irrelevant IMO. Yes, Bartoli will probably lose lots of points after RG and Wimbledon, but other players could gain some points and ground, e.g. Zvonareva, Safina, Radwanska. If Venus loses early in Wimbledon, Safina could lose in 1st round there as well but Safina would probably still overtake Venus in the rankings.

4. Your assumption that without "any major injuries", Venus place in the Top 10 would be safe, is IMO simply not correct. See my explaination above and in this post.

Infiniti2001
Apr 10th, 2008, 09:30 PM
What I want to know is why the fuck you care mattzero1. I mean everyone knows about your disdain for Venus-- yet you never miss an opportunity to show your mug in threads pertaining to her . Get a fucking life already :rolleyes: :help:

starin
Apr 10th, 2008, 10:16 PM
What I want to know is why the fuck you care mattzero1. I mean everyone knows about your disdain for Venus-- yet you never miss an opportunity to show your mug in threads pertaining to her . Get a fucking life already :rolleyes: :help:

i think what he really wants is attention. Just like HLIG...best to just ignore and he'll go away.

Matt01
Apr 10th, 2008, 10:19 PM
What I want to know is why the fuck you care mattzero1. I mean everyone knows about your disdain for Venus-- yet you never miss an opportunity to show your mug in threads pertaining to her . Get a fucking life already :rolleyes: :help:


I already have a life, thanks. And I don't disdain Venus.

I'm a tennis fans, so yes I do care about who is/will be in the Top 10. And if you cannot sustain any criticism or slightly negative opinions that are posted about Venus, I suppose that you simply ignore my posts instead of again and again complaining about my posts and throwing nasty remarks and insults towards me (not that I give a damn about those...).

starin
Apr 10th, 2008, 10:21 PM
I already have a life, thanks. And I don't disdain Venus.

I'm a tennis fans, so yes I do care about who is/will be in the Top 10. And if you cannot sustain any criticism or slightly negative opinions that are posted about Venus, I suppose that you simply ignore my posts instead of again and again complaining about my posts and throwing nasty remarks and insults towards me (not that I give a damn about those...).

:bounce: great advise to all WS fans. just ignore. :bounce::bounce:

GogoGirl
Apr 10th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Hey All,

I'm glad Venus is seeing about her health. Hopefully, everything will check out 100% OK. I think it's cool beans that she still wants to play several tourneys this year. It will be a downer and bummer when she hangs up her sneakers - so having her still in the game - is A.O.K.

Is she still dating Hank-o-roo?

"HERE'S HOPING AND PRAYING EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT - VENUS" "COME BACK W/A VENGEANCE - GIRLFRIEND"

friendsita
Apr 11th, 2008, 12:38 AM
Wish her only the best!