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Demska
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:31 PM
:( Elena, bad match :fiery:

just 8 winners to 17 UE :help: DF's at 3-3 didn't help at all

second set was fun though

congrats Vee, pls make the final :hearts:

VishaalMaria
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Venus totally outplayed Elena in the first, but in the second it was a really tough battle; more errors from Venus, more winners from Elena but Venus won the important points and advances.

Vaidisova
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Great win Venus:yeah:

Russianboy
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
u really need a break lena. u can not continue playing like that. that was horrible. :o

Cam'ron Giles
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Great match...she played very well...:D

tdot.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
:)

Mina Vagante
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Elena :bigwave:

Edinboro
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Elena, you tried. Now PLEASE take some much needed rest so you can be prepared for IW and Miami.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Dementieva is Venus's bitch :p 5 straight wins in a row againt her for Venus :worship:

hankqq
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Venus :bigclap: :drool: This result is as it should be :D
can anyone tell me what Venus was doing with her 2nd serves today? :eek: I couldn't watch the match, but I saw on the scoreboard she had a low 1st serve % yet Dementieva was unable to win most of Venus' 2nd serve points...

hablo
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Congrats, Vee. :bowdown:

Dementieva only had one winner in the first set! :speakles:

Second set was really close. Except that Dementieva double faulted twice to give up the break. :help:

Anyhow, what was Elena yelling about when she missed service return when Venus was serving at *4-3? :unsure: And what was she yelling about at *3-5 on her serve? :rolls:

LDF
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Despite the two sets having the same scoreline, the first one was actually far more one-sided than the second. Elena just couldn't impose herself - I believe she hit only 1 winner in the opening set? And unfortunately for her the serve once again became ragged at crucial points in the match.

Solid if unspectacular performance from Venus. :yeah:

Kworb
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Expected result. :sobbing: Venus is just the most horrible opponent for Elena. If only there were no serves in tennis. :sobbing:

Now rest up for IW/Miami, Elena. :kiss:

Good luck against little sis, Venus.

volta
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
1st set was meh, the only good thing about it was the fact that Venus won :lol:

second was more dramatic , some really cool points .

Vee :hug: :banana: :woohoo:

Marionated
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Lena needs to get a long rest now. She was clearly very tired.

Well done Venus. She was serving huge and defending so well.

Sean.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
:lol: Lena yelling at everyone.
:worship: Venus

Commentator: 'Oh Elena, what was that all about you twit' :haha:

Amanda
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Venus was awesome!

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
If this is the best tennis that 2 top-6 can offer the WTA is in serious problems

Horrible tennis match .

xr6turbo
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Venus :yeah: Good luck in the semi finals :D

Lucemferre
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
:(

This smiley is hilarious. It makes me laugh every time :lol:

Venus :worship:

morningglory
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
easy enough... srry Elena D I like you too...

kwilliams
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Yay! First top 10 win of the year and a good one too!

~Cherry*Blossom~
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Venus played so well in that first set. She only allowed Dementieva 1 winner in that set.

In the second her serve went off but she managed to get it together at the end. Impressive win from Venus :yeah:

Good luck in the next round :hug:

-NAJ-
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
http://img124.imageshack.us/img124/6941/79721945tv5.jpg

Szczecin
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Familiar Opponent...

Familiar Scoreline...

Familiar Story...



Serve Serve Serve...


Elena was really frustrated again... sometimes her biggest problem is that she is so desperate to win that she is just too hard on herself...


Please don't Fire Olhovskiy...


Keep Up your Fantastic Year...


I still love you...

Imperfect Angel
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
:tape: Lena :o
Vee, well done as always.:worship:

doni1212
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Good job, Venus!!

LeRoy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:36 PM
what was Dementieva saying to her coach (or herself ?)

Amanda
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:36 PM
Elena was yelling so much....she needs a break!

maddogz48
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:36 PM
Nice win Venus. Only faced one breakpoint.
:lol: Who really expected Dementieva to win this one.
Based on their H2H last year, it was obvious Venus would get the better of Dementieva.

Bring on the real beatdown now ..... U.S. & Australian Open Champ Serena vs. French Open Champ Ivanovic.

Marcelo.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Venus :bigclap: :inlove: Win it all now :hearts:

Elena :hug: :hug:

gmokb
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Yeah Vee, way to go:bounce::bounce: She was just too good for Lena, who played some goods shots.

Now, its up to Serena to hold up her end for the all WS semi.

Mina Vagante
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Does Elena ever change her outfits ?

Mina Vagante
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Does Elena ever change her outfits ?

Michael!
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Nice win for Venus :)
No break for Elena, and she is the best return player on the tour...not a great match,but it was a pretty good performance from Venus :D

Elena :hug:
She really needs a break now, but she is playing a great season so far :)

Adaora
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Good scoreline. With the way Venus has been playing in this tournament so far, I doubt she will have any trouble against Serena tomorrow.
the title is clearly hers now.

Marionated
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
:lol: Lena yelling at everyone.
:worship: Venus

Commentator: 'Oh Elena, what was that all about you twit' :haha:

When Elena hit that drop shot :lol:

Dodoboy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Well done Venus!

A win is a win:shrug: Net play still imposing and that's the only thing i want to carry to the SFs! Expect that second serve, it looked really potent out there tonight! Great to see!

More 1st serves needed please!

Top 5 :yeah: Work on returning for next match PUH-LEASE :rolls:

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Venus' serve is the single best shot in the modern game.

A 208 kmh serve, ok it was out but still :worship:

Filippo-Nastya
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
The serve made the difference.
Two DFs from Lena in the 2nd game of 1st set and in the 7th game of 2nd set gave Venus the decisive breaks.

Congrats Venus!

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Venus :hearts::hearts::hearts: You were absolutely terrific :drool: Too bad that 208 serve didn't get in.
Now win the whole thing :D
Dementieva's behaviour was absolutely awful :rolleyes: Good riddance.

saul1333
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:39 PM
:sad: 0-3 for russia today.

lena didnt look she was really into the match but venus played very well. lena won 3 return points in the first set(2 from df's)

but its ok.... rest up lena.

they rant she gave at the 8th game of 2nd set was:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

debopero
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Venus :yeah: !

Russianboy
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
what was Dementieva saying to her coach (or herself ?)

after she hit an easy UE to give venus a match point she yelled how stupid she is. she repeated it two times in a row lol

Szczecin
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
:lol: Lena yelling at everyone.
:worship: Venus

Commentator: 'Oh Elena, what was that all about you twit' :haha:

I would like to know too...



She goes into primal mode... she fights but she doesn't think...


That particular dropshot was just rediculous...


Then there was that smash... and several other dropshots...


Olhovskiy shaking his head...


Oh god im depressed... :sad:

Dodoboy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Russian Tennis :hug:

Bijoux0021
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Great job, Venus.

youizahoe
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Elena I wanted you to play Serena :sobbing:

Amanda
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Elena was having a major meltdown! Venus was awesome!

miffedmax
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Why must Elena turn into a df machine every time she plays a Williams? :mad: Vee won the 1st, but Lena gave her a free game in the 2nd... she really needed to make it to the next round to keep the pressure on, but oh well.

Vee, as both my #2 and the vanquisher of my #1, you are now doubly obligated to win this thing, so go get it!

bavaria86
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:41 PM
:mad:

new-york
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:42 PM
Despite the two sets having the same scoreline, the first one was actually far more one-sided than the second. Elena just couldn't impose herself - I believe she hit only 1 winner in the opening set? And unfortunately for her the serve once again became ragged at crucial points in the match.

Solid if unspectacular performance from Venus. :yeah:

yep.

it's crazy how a scoreline doesn't tell it all.

well done Venus, keep winning please. :D

Apoleb
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:42 PM
The serve made the difference.
Two DFs from Lena in the 2nd game of 1st set and in the 7th game of the 2nd gave Venus the decisive breaks.

Congrats Venus!

I'm shocked!

Serenita
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:44 PM
welldone Vee!

kaktusino
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Even with the same score of two sets, the first one was just awful, and the second one was wonderful, but still... double faults at BP, and some stupid errors from Elena.

Venus, amazing play!

olympus28
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Too easy

HRHoliviasmith
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:46 PM
congrats to venus. :bigclap: i hope she wins it all EXCEPT if she plays serena!

patch.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:46 PM
Elena needs a rest :hug:
Vee better win this title.

Just Do It
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:47 PM
She really should make a break.

Venus :yeah:

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:48 PM
elena :wavey:

Amanda
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Elena's serves and odd behavior are despicable!

Legend1
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Straight forward win for Venus by the looks of things... Congrats :yeah:

homogenius
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Just watched the 2nd set and they were pretty equal.Both were hitting quite hard and playing well but Venus saved bp at 2-3 with some aces and Lena gave the break with 2 DF at 3-3.After that it was kinda over even if Elena fought.

Good win for Venus.SF will be weird : Venus vs Serena/Ana and Kanepi vs Razzano lol.

¤CharlDa¤
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Venus :D Win it all!

frenchie
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:51 PM
I still don't understand how Venus could lose to Carla at the AO...

Chance
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Vee was SOLID!
:D

Definitely will have to play better tomorrow....

Sean.
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:51 PM
:lol: It just said Elena already left the building, without her coach and mum

volta
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:52 PM
I still don't understand how Venus could lose to Carla at the AO...

WHY u had to go dig that out WHYYYYYYYYYYYY :bigcry:

hankqq
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:54 PM
:lol: It just said Elena already left the building, without her coach and mum

:spit: :haha:

Slutiana
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Venus served so well. Was a very interesting match; Venus couldnt get a return in at all bar that break of serve and Elena was playing terribly in the first but then Venus decided that it was just not her returning day and began to play with more spin and Elena got going, it made for some great rallies and was a ver good second set. The crowd is really good here. :)


Well played Venus. Into the top 5?

VeeReeDavJCap81
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:56 PM
From the stats looks like Venus just did what she needed to get through, she definitely needs to raise her 1st serve % if she has a chance against her SF opponent, both of whom will stomp on her 2nd serves. Nice to see Venus make less than 20 UFE's against a hard hitting opponent. Venus take this title please.

AnnaK_4ever
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:56 PM
Dementieva needs rest. She has played five tournaments in as many tournament weeks plus Fed Cup so far this season :silly:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:56 PM
People talking about bad behaviour from Elena ... Please somebody explain me what it was that supposed bad behaviour cos I did not see anything out of the normal

~Eclipsed~
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:57 PM
Cmon Vee, win the title now! :cool:

2Black
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:00 PM
From those stats, it looks like Venus needs to improve her serve. :confused:

tonythetiger
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:01 PM
Go Venus! I hope you can get your 40th title here. Just two more wins and you'll have it.

Selah
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:06 PM
yipee! Hope she makes the final, and win it all.

kundalini
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:07 PM
Venus played well. Lena double faulted twice when break point down, otherwise serve wasn't so bad but two costly double faults in two of the games where she was broken. And on her only break point chance she had a look at a 2nd serve but made a routine backhand error a few shots into the rally. 5 key points in the match, Lena won one through her own good play and gave away the other four with double faults and unforced errors; strange given how dominant Venus was, that it was Lena who handed her the match.

Lena really struggled to return the 2nd serve, making error after error and even when she did get it back in play she would often fail to connect properly and it would sit up for Venus to put away.

Reasonable start to the season from Lena but she has a long way to go before she can be a serious contender. In the key moments in the big matches she seems to lose her nerve. She was competitive midway through that second set yet self-destructed, just as she had done against Serena in the 2nd set in Aus.

Another couple of shocking attempts at drop shots from Lena, One narrowly wide when in total control of the rally at 30-30 on Venus' serve and the other a truly dreadful attempt that Venus put away without trouble.

Lena was screaming abuse at her coach near the end; probably aimed more at herself for giving away the match.

Maharhar
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Venus' %age of first serves in the match was low (48% on Live Scoring last I checked) but when the first serve went in she won 88% of the points! And 100% after the first set!

darrinbaker00
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:21 PM
I still don't understand how Venus could lose to Carla at the AO...
Carla played better tennis that day, that's how. Those things happen.

V-MAC
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:21 PM
Only caught the last few games of the match but I loved that rifled forehand winner in the last game - not even Elena with her great defending skills could get to it :hearts: Good work Vee :bounce:

miffedmax
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Lena yelling at her coach??

Next thing you know she'll be wearing shorty shorts, posing with horses and making out with singers...:eek:

AcesHigh
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:25 PM
Wish I could have seen the match :(

Venus, these wins make us fans SO happy. Good luck against Serena tomorrow!!! :D (I know the match isn't over but c'mon)

miffedmax
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Carla played better tennis that day, that's how. Those things happen.

Really? 'cause I understand the consensus is it was your fault.

SAEKeithSerena
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:37 PM
way to put elena in her place venus :)

cogent53
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:38 PM
I'm a big fan of Elena, but she was always going to struggle today. She's looked weary all week and just was no where in that first set - pretty lucky to get 3 games. She got into the match in the second and began to get more of a look in at Venus' serves, while serving pretty well herself. However, once again at a crucial point, she double faulted. I so want her to win a slam, but Elena has time an again blown it when the going gets tough. A real shame.

I don't know why people are moaning about her behaviour, she dia lot of yelling in Russian, but she very clearly was angry and disappointed at herself. She was a point away from a 4-3 lead after just having a chance to break Venus. She was IN the match and blew it so chowed her frustration. So what?

Let's face it, Venus in full attack mode is awesome! She shows it time and again at Wimbledon, and when dictating the points, she was winning with ease. Elena's main chance was to get her into long rallies, and this did work. However several disastrous drop shots didn't help. Is there ANYONE on the tour who covers the drop shot better than Venus? Her speed and those long arms and legs mean a drop shot against her is suicidal. Elena, have a break and gear up for the next tournament.

Venus SHOULD go onto win IMO. She's playing better than Serena and has to be the favourite. Any consolation for Elena if she does - only losses this year to the player who goes on to with the tournament??

John.
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:41 PM
Congrats Vee

Elena :hug:

Direwolf
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:41 PM
wow..
nice score line really..
for someone who has been playing really well,
who has yet to lose before the semis in
as many tournaments...
...
no highlights yet i see..

alfonsojose
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:43 PM
Too much tennis, LenaD. Rest for IW and Miami. Venus, time to win a tier I

darrinbaker00
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:47 PM
Really? 'cause I understand the consensus is it was your fault.
Darrin Baker, Professional Jinx. That actually doesn't sound too bad. ;)

gmak
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:50 PM
Lena :sad: :( expected :shrug:
please take a break now :hug:

Venus you must win the title now

Ciarán
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Congrats Venus :worship:

@danieln1
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:59 PM
I want Venus Ana semi...

vwfan
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:08 PM
I want Venus Ana semi...where were you when all her other fans were begging Serena not to bagel her. :rolleyes::lol:

DragonFlame
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:14 PM
bleh, no surprise here. When it matters, against great champions elena folds like a cheap tent mentally on her serve. :o

Well done venus! She played a great match! :yeah:

starin
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM
:bounce:
:worship: Venus!!! First Top 10 Win this year and first SF this year!! :worship::worship:

hotandspicey
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:21 PM
What a match that was!! :woohoo: Venus sure schooled her. :lol: Now its Vee vs Rena!! I'll take either one, thank you. :haha:

Dini.
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:28 PM
I was so worried about this match, not because I doubt Vee's skills but because it is my birthday today and I wanted a win so badly. Thank you so much Vee!!

:yeah: :yeah:

But Rena will be tough...

:scared:

friendsita
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:36 PM
jaja...has her #

good job V!

Wojtek
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Elena :bigwave:

Serenita
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:40 PM
did Elena mommy find her?? they where saying that Elena was so upset that she ran away from her mommy

Serenita
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:52 PM
did Elena mommy find her?? they where saying that Elena was so upset that she ran away from her mommy

ce
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:34 PM
:woohoo:
:hearts:

ivanban
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:36 PM
lenaD :rolleyes: pathetic 1st set :cuckoo: now get a rest ;)

Vee :eek:

ChriS.
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:43 PM
:lol: Lena yelling at everyone.
:worship: Venus

Commentator: 'Oh Elena, what was that all about you twit' :haha:Does anyone know what she was saying to her coach at 4-3 in the second set? She had a really long rant at him. Elena has had a great year so should not be too disappointed.

sweetpeas
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Venus This result is as it should be
Love it!

Sassy-Na
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:54 PM
venus won again :eek:

RenaSlam.
Feb 19th, 2009, 06:59 PM
Wow. Great win, Venus.

Demska, put that in your pipe and smoke it. :wavey:

A shame the two best players on tour have to meet in the semis now. Go Serena!

miffedmax
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:17 PM
I'm glad to hear Elena threw a hissy fit. Anything's better than that "Poor, poor pitiful me" routine she pulled in Paris, moping around like she thought she was playing the consumptive heroine in the high school senior play adaptation of "Camille."

Now, please, Venus, go and slap down your evil near-twin.

Xylon
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:29 PM
highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZztuMxFT4o

Denise4925
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:55 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: Vee way to go girlfriend. :kiss: Great scoreline. I wish I could have seen.

Anyone with the hook up?

Andy.
Feb 19th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Venus has really switched it on for this tournament and has really been switched on for the last 5 months bar the AO 2nd round. Well done Venus good luck v Serena.

young_gunner913
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Great win Vens :worship::hearts:

LightWarrior
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:22 PM
I still don't understand how Venus could lose to Carla at the AO...

She's cursed in Australia. That's the only explanation for it.

-VSR-
Feb 19th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Vee! :)

cn ireland
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Great win Venus:banana:!

Elena is always going to have it tough against Venus!

vwfan
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:01 PM
She's cursed in Australia. That's the only explanation for it.
No. She just needs to play a real warmup event. She's won that exo beating top players two years in a row. She's relaxed hitting freely and takes no prisoners.

Then she gets in a real match at a real tournament, gets in a tight situation for the first time without generally having played for months in most years, and forgets how to play the big match points. :help:

I hope she finally changes her prep next year, but she's one stubborn cookie. Who else smiles and talks about wanting the best for their sister, continues to practice with her, while she is regularly whipping your behind in Grand Slam finals. :confused:

But that's my girl!

mdterp01
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:31 PM
Great match from Vee!! Result expected. She owns Elena!! :devil::p

Did Elena do any of her famous screaming and twirling? :lol:

Renalicious
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:46 PM
Venus :woohoo: :D :D

vwfan
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:54 PM
wow 8-2 against Elena.:cool:

Way to go Venus.

debopero
Feb 19th, 2009, 09:57 PM
katie perry :explode:

Zojirushi
Feb 19th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Lena:hug: better luck next time. I think Venus' serve is too much for her

Ben.
Feb 19th, 2009, 11:12 PM
WD Venus :yeah: GL against Serena :)

Lena :hug:

hellas719
Feb 19th, 2009, 11:20 PM
Vee:worship:
Elena:hug:

pollison
Feb 20th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Venus isnt playing spectuclar tennis buit getting the job done.
this is what she needs to do everyweek to get back into top 5

Danči Dementia
Feb 20th, 2009, 02:15 AM
:sobbing:

hwanmig
Feb 20th, 2009, 12:23 PM
Pathetic performance:o Oh wait that's every one of their meeting including her last win in 2004.