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Serena!
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:29 PM
I got an newsletter e-mail from the Washington Kastles WTT team about their two matches in New York (Serena is on the Washington Kastles) and this is what it said:

The Kastles (2-3) and Sportimes (4-0) played an even match through four sets. The Sportimes men's doubles pairing of Brian Wilson and Witten downed Justin Gimelstob and Scott Oudsema 5-4 in the first match. Mashona Washington and Serena Williams tied the match at nine with a 5-4 victory in the second set over Bethanie Mattek and Hana Sromova. The Kastles mixed doubles pairing of Williams and Gimelstob gave the squad a lead with a 5-2 victory in the third set over Mattek and Wilson. However, the Kastles lost the lead when Mattek downed Mashona Washington 5-2, in the fourth set. Washington was called in to substitute for Serena Williams who hurt her knee when she was down 3-1. Williams injury does not appear to serious.

Good that it doesn't seem serious

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:31 PM
I hope its not serious enough to prevent her from playing in LA. =-(

VeeJJ
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:31 PM
still anytype of injury for her can't be good. especially if it has to do with her knee, grrr, hope she gets better.

serenus_2k8
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:42 PM
No Ree :mad:

Why do this event anyway :lol: Argh, I'm glad shes doing it but its too much for her :hug:

Craigy
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:48 PM
Not again. :sobbing:

Adal
Jul 11th, 2008, 07:59 PM
Knee? :sad: She better rest it up and heal it, before it gets serious.

eugreene2
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Serena looked tired as heck this week ... I think mentally, she's had enough so she withdrew as a precaution.

tenn_ace
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:27 PM
I seriously hope it is just a precaution

Lefty.
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:28 PM
I hope it's just a precaution, I hope to see her at Stanford.

santhuruu
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:33 PM
A knee problem messed up her Olympics in 2004, and I was already thinking why she was planning to play so many matches in WTT, isn't one day of full performing enough? Well I think for the 100th time or whatever Serena will pull out of Stanford and LA and that's what I would do too, since I wouldn't risk a chance to perform well at the Olympics.

Denise4925
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:36 PM
I don't think it's injured, just too much in too short a time span.

Serena Williams a hit in Mamaroneck
By Harold Gutmann
The Journal News • July 11, 2008


MAMARONECK - Though the Sportimes have been in Mamaroneck for only six years, they've managed to attract some of the best women's tennis players in recent history.

Of the seven women who have won at least five Grand Slam tournaments since 1985, five have played World TeamTennis at Harbor Island Park - Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and now Serena Williams.


A sellout crowd of 1,213 welcomed Serena to Mamaroneck last night as the Sportimes hosted her Washington Kastles.

"It's funny to see Serena here," said 1986 Mamaroneck High School graduate Igor Milkja, who brought his wife and daughter. "I used to play tennis and I never thought that I would see someone like that here. It's good having such famous players mingling with an ordinary crowd."

After receiving a key to the city from Village of Mamaroneck mayor Kathy Savolt, along with a baseball cap and a gift bag, Williams played 2 1/2 shortened sets, winning women's doubles (5-4) and mixed doubles (5-2). She then lost three of four games to Bethanie Mattek before being replaced by teammate Mashona Washington - substitutions are allowed in WTT - and watching the rest of the match with ice on her left knee.

Although it doesn't seem like the 26-year-old Williams would be fazed by anything on a tennis court at this point in her career, Williams claimed before the match that World TeamTennis was challenging.

"It's different to be a part of a team. For me, it's almost too hard, because the pressure I feel if I lose a game," said Williams, who last played WTT in 2000. "I don't remember it being so intense. Every game counts. It's tough for me, but I think I'm getting used to this."

She double-faulted to lose the first game of women's doubles, but won 10 of the next 15 games paired with Washington, and then Justin Gimelstob.

Christine Whilby said she was "thrilled" to see her favorite player up close.

"I can sleep well tonight," the Nanuet resident said.

Bruce Gould of Plainview also left happy.

"It's exciting to see somebody that close," Gould said. "To be able to see the strength and the power and the skill, it's just amazing."

Williams was coming off a loss to Venus in Saturday's Wimbledon final, but said she hadn't had much time to reflect on that match.

"I haven't really had time to stop," Serena said before the match. "I've really been going every day, playing WTT every day, just going, going, going. But it's been good. I'm just excited to be here.

"Obviously I wish I had won, but there's always next year, and the year after, and the year after, so I look forward to that."

Perhaps the grind caught up with her last night - Washington coach Thomas Blake said her left knee had swollen up during the women's singles. Williams' left knee required surgery in 2003, and has also forced her to miss events each of the past two years.

"She could have kept playing, but we're not looking to shorten her career," Blake said.

The WTT format seems tailor-made for Williams, a rare star who isn't averse to playing doubles - she has a career Grand Slam and a gold medal in the event, and just won Wimbledon with Venus.

"I think it helps my singles game a lot," Williams said. "It helps my return, it helps my serve, and it helps my confidence. It does a lot for you."

But even Williams couldn't stop the Sportimes' hot start - the home team won 21-20 behind Jesse Witten's 5-4 final-set win over Scott Oudsema.

While Williams said this was her first trip to Westchester, Blake was enjoying a homecoming. The 31-year-old, whose younger brother James is currently in the top 10, lived in Yonkers until he was 9 and hit his first tennis balls on Fay Park, off of Riverdale Avenue.

"I know all the tennis people in the area, and so many other people come up and say they knew me, they knew my parents, back when I was young," Blake said. "It's just good to reconnect."

Blake played in the WTT from 2005-06 and is now in his second year as a coach.

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080711/SPORTS01/807110415

I don't think she can keep this schedule up much longer.

Denise4925
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Serena looked tired as heck this week ... I think mentally, she's had enough so she withdrew as a precaution.

Withdrew from Stanford? How do you know?

jonny84
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:42 PM
Hopefully Serena will be fit enough for the Olympics and the US Open.

SoClose
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:44 PM
:unsure:

RenaSlam.
Jul 11th, 2008, 08:47 PM
FUCK.

Left knee? I always cringe when I hear that.

MrSerenaWilliams
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:09 PM
Did she w/d from Stanford?

serenus_2k8
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:13 PM
No, not as yet at least. Just WTT

Denise4925
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:14 PM
No, not as yet at least. Just WTT

Oh okay good. I'm glad she withdrew from that.

serenus_2k8
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:19 PM
Yeah me too really... I really hope that this injury clears up soon though, hopefully shes just tired :hug:

Denise4925
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Yeah me too really... I really hope that this injury clears up soon though, hopefully shes just tired :hug:

Serena is really tired. If you guys saw her in D.C., there would be no doubt about her exhaustion, plus she has jet lag. I do think her knee may be a little swollen. She has just played too much tennis in the last three weeks, and Tuesday night, she really went for it for her team, running down all kinds of balls like she was in a tournament for money and ranking. But, she felt pressure because she didn't want to let the team or the crowd down. It was just too much for her.

serenus_2k8
Jul 11th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Serena is really tired. If you guys saw her in D.C., there would be no doubt about her exhaustion, plus she has jet lag. I do think her knee may be a little swollen. She has just played too much tennis in the last three weeks, and Tuesday night, she really went for it for her team, running down all kinds of balls like she was in a tournament for money and ranking. But, she felt pressure because she didn't want to let the team or the crowd down. It was just too much for her.

Argh I thought Ree might push herself too much after losing Wimb final :rolleyes:

She needs to relax and rest up, I really dont mind if she withdraws next week if the weekend isnt long enough.

Serenita
Jul 11th, 2008, 10:38 PM
I hope she's ok for US open

Il Primo!
Jul 11th, 2008, 10:42 PM
WS just need too drop this WTT thing, seriously, they must preserve their fragile bodies.

tennisbum79
Jul 11th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Whenever they mention injury and Serena knee, I get very concerned.
Venus and Serena should seriously consider skipping these WTT event,s that so close to Wimbledon final.
Adn I don't think they get any beneifts out of it.
If they are afraid of letting BJK down, I am sure she will understand

starin
Jul 11th, 2008, 10:54 PM
hopefully it's nothing too serious

RVD
Jul 12th, 2008, 12:57 AM
Noooooo.....!
Not the knee!
Please let her be okay, Gods of the universe.
I need my Serena fix, like NOW!!

If she does happen to pull out of Stanford, I'll understand; even if it is the only tournament of the year that I could attend. :sad: Oh well, I may be in L.A. around the time the WTA Tour Championship rolls around. :bounce:

daniel122292
Jul 12th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Noooooo.....!
Not the knee!
Please let her be okay, Gods of the universe.
I need my Serena fix, like NOW!!

If she does happen to pull out of Stanford, I'll understand; even if it is the only tournament of the year that I could attend. :sad: Oh well, I may be in L.A. around the time the WTA Tour Championship rolls around. :bounce:


the Season ending championships are not played in L.A. there in Qatar this year have not been in la in like 3 or 4 years