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MBM
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:21 PM
:woohoo: :bounce:

First set was a disaster for Vee, but Dani played pretty well. Second and third were very close, with some fantastic exchanges. The final few games were super-tense! The crowd really got into it. Nice for a WTA match!!!

All in all, a pretty good match. I enjoyed watching it! (oh and that reminds me, thankyou Oprah for making it rain in Miami so the TV schedule changed!! As a member of the church of Griffin, I feel I should always remember to thank Oprah almighty :angel:. Hallelujah, praise Gayle, Amen!)

And of course congrats to Dani for winning another set against Vee! She is now 2-20 :yeah: :drool:

BlackPanther.
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM
Great comeback from Venus from 1-6 0-2 :yeah: :bowdown:
Dani :hug::hug: Well played, just Venus was better.

Josh.
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM
Ugh. She will never ever beat Venus. That will be the closest she will ever come. But has had a good week, it's Miami, and she was almost into the QF's.

Pops Maellard
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM
Venus, thank God. :o

Good effort Dani. :hug:

Keegan
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:22 PM
For goodness sake Daniela.

Daniela-Is-Mine
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
Oh well. She tried atleast.

young_gunner913
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
THANK GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!! :sobbing:

Good job sticking it out and not going away Vee. :yeah:
But get it together quicker next time please and thank you. :o

cellophane
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
That wasn't too bad from Dani considering her record. :lol:

Cahill is good for her.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
I'm proud of you Daniela :hug:

Farrow
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
I really enjoyed that match. Dani :sad:

Venus really stepped it up on the big points when she needed to, some really great points.

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
win or lose, Venus is one of the most entertaining players to watch. so much drama and fight. Dani did well, I really like the beauty of her shots.

Hashim.
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
gutted for Daniela:sad:

well done Venus:yeah:

SVK
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
:sad::sad::sad:

Tuesday just began and itīs already destroyed:help:

Iīm sad, she had a chance:tears:

I wanted a win not just a good game actually:awww:

youizahoe
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:23 PM
Daniela played really well, she did some retarded balls when she had opportunities. But playing like that she should enter the top 10 again ^^

Facepalm at venus though :lol:

Andreas
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Caro hit more winners than Daniela :lol:
Anyway, I guess Venus deserved to win as the match progressed. Nice effort from Dani :yeah: Closer than all of the other times :p

jefrilibra
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Oh Venus! I had several heart palpitations throughout the match.

A win is a win. Thank God you continued fighting!

Now regroup and get ready!

Tennisation
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
And of course congrats to Dani for winning another set against Vee! She is now 2-20 :yeah: :drool: :spit:

Jane Lane
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Dani you tool.
Should've won this.
Even Darren can't help her.

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Nice job daniela, you suck so bad, you can't even beat venus williams








kidding, i'm happy she fought like that and i thought it was a pretty good match, i can say neither fan base expected that tight of match.

fouc
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
:sobbing:
WOW. I was in two minds who to cheer for all the time. But I guess it's to painful to see Vee losing, and she is so lovely winning! And I'd rather watch Aga-Venus than Aga-Dani. But Daniela :sobbing: Similar performance to Kiri's yesterday all the way.
Now Vee, here's a thing - lose to Aga here, and then win RG :hearts: You may beat her there if you feel like.

The Daviator
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
Enjoyable match, well done Vee :yeah: Dani seems to be heading back into some good form too :yeah:

Acinolbaj
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:24 PM
ubelievieble macth from both players. i feel sorry for Daniela. :sad:

but Daniela is on very good way in this season. ;)

Endru.
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:25 PM
Dani :sobbing: :hug:

now, Venus will trash Radwanska :rolleyes:

Serenus Christ
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:25 PM
THIS IS MY HOME
mwNMwazv7ww

moby
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:25 PM
Never in doubt. Did anyone trust Daniela would take this match? :o
As long as Venus was on two legs, she could have been down 0-6 0-5 and still win.

goldenboi356
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:25 PM
unlucky for hantachova. she was toe to toe with williams up to that point.

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Dani you tool.
Should've won this.
Even Darren can't help her.



Darren was the reason for her game plan, so he did a pretty good job, I thought every point he made was on key.

VIKA?
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Dani:(

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Never in doubt. Did anyone trust Daniela would take this match? :o
As long as Venus was on two legs, she could have been down 0-6 0-5 and still win.
:lol::haha::haha::haha::haha:

Patrick345
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Give me one reason why Hantuchova with three challenges left, doesnīt challenge the close call at 4-4 Adv Venus. Just one. Kirilenko had a similar point against Wozniacki. Iīm not even a fan of these players and it pisses me off. I couldnīt be a fan of such a player. Who wants to be a fan of a player, who doesnīt care about winning? The linesman wasnīt sure, Venus wasnīt sure, but Hantuchova just takes it. It was the most crucial point of the fuckin match.

mk27
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Venus :bounce:

Michael!
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Well, good fight, always nice to see Venus winning a close match!
Donīt want to talk about too much about the usual Upīs and downīs in her game, between world class tennis and amateur, but one thing I really have to mention!
It really annoys me that Venus often has such big problems to win her service games, just when she finally got a break or when she serves for the match, she often needs 2 chances then, like in 2nd set, as she really served terrible at *54, same in the 3rd set at *32, well, she was able to serve it out to love at *54 at least, but that is some weak point in her game in general, where she definetly was stronger a few years ago, when she played "at her peak"!

In the end, the win counts, she just has to beat Radwanska now, as long as her leg injury isnt too serious, good luck! :)

Richie's
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Daniela tried everything. Still a great match. She had her chances on 2nd and 3rd set. She even can took the lead in 3rd by 5-4*.

We are so proud of her. Well done baby!

Gdsimmons
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Smh. Hantuchova, you seriously came close.

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Give me one reason why Hantuchova with three challenges left, doesnīt challenge the close call at 4-4 Adv Venus. Just one. Kirilenko had a similar point against Wozniacki. Iīm not even a fan of these players and it pisses me off. I couldnīt be a fan of such a player. Who wants to be a fan of a player, who doesnīt care about winning? The linesman wasnīt sure, Venus wasnīt sure, but Hantuchova just takes it. It was the most crucial point of the fuckin match.



I don't remember a point like that?

winone23
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:28 PM
well Done Venus!! Well done!!!

VishaalMaria
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:28 PM
The way Venus was playing in this match doesn't bode well for her for the rest of the tournament.

At the start, she was hitting her returns short into the middle of the court, and she was basically letting Daniella dictate.

Venus' movement was dodgy at that start but progressively got better.

Daniella over all played well, took MOST of her opportunities.

Venus was just streaky. On occassion she'd look as if she was about to go on a roll, hit two beautiful winners and then follow them up with a couple of errors. Majority of the match her groundstrokes were shaky.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:29 PM
Give me one reason why Hantuchova with three challenges left, doesnīt challenge the close call at 4-4 Adv Venus. Just one. Kirilenko had a similar point against Wozniacki. Iīm not even a fan of these players and it pisses me off. I couldnīt be a fan of such a player. Who wants to be a fan of a player, who doesnīt care about winning? The linesman wasnīt sure, Venus wasnīt sure, but Hantuchova just takes it. It was the most crucial point of the fuckin match.

The ball that went out after contact with the net? It was clearly out :shrug:

Beny
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:29 PM
I spent almost 3 hours watching the match just to see DAniela lose in the end :o so unrewarding! She came back great at 2-3* in the third to 4-3 but then...

Big chance missed with Venus playing bad at times. Daniela fought really well, came back from 0-30 soooooooooooo many times in the match. Also thanx to Venusīs errors.

Better luck next time :)

Wiggly
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:30 PM
Daniela played some superb points. Those three points to go up 2-1* were the best she played in years. Without Venus's serve, she could've beat a lot of top 10 players today.

But Venus was just too strong in the year, she hit some boombs on her serve and one of her backhand was faster than Karlovic's serve. :lol:

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:30 PM
Come on guys! Dani player her heart out. Tennis is as much physical as it is mental. Imagine trying to beat someone whom you've never beaten before who is also one of the greatest fighters in the game

winone23
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:30 PM
Dani:hug:

Patrick345
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:30 PM
I don't remember a point like that?

The breakpoint at 4-4 that bounced from the net.

goldenboi356
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:30 PM
I don't remember a point like that?

that was the point that gave williams the break. the ball clipped the net and gave a high bounce. it was called out.

Inger67
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Wow. 13 match win streak continues and so does her 10 consecutive wins against Daniela. Brings their H2H 10-0

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
That ball wasn't even close to in

fantic
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Dani :hug:

Serena looked quite beautiful, I think her hairstyle actually suits her!

VishaalMaria
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:32 PM
I spent almost 3 hours watching the match just to see DAniela lose in the end :o so unrewarding! She came back great at 2-3* in the third to 4-3 but then...

Big chance missed with Venus playing bad at times. Daniela fought really well, came back from 0-30 soooooooooooo many times in the match. Also thanx to Venusīs errors.

Better luck next time :)

That's what I mean, 41 UE's is alot.

But credit goes to Daniella who played well, Venus' serve saved her.

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:32 PM
Wow. 13 match win streak continues and so does her 10 consecutive wins against Daniela. Brings their H2H 10-0

More importantly daniela broke the straight set wins for venus :p

ZODIAC
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:32 PM
Venus beat Dani for the 10th time in all their meetings...ouch that must hurt...plus today she beat Daniela and Darren Cahill...

VishaalMaria
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:33 PM
The breakpoint at 4-4 that bounced from the net.

That was CLEARLY out.

V-MAC
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:33 PM
Well done Vee:bounce: Serve came to the rescue at the end. Dani played very well indeed. I hope she can get herself back towards the top 10.

btw Vee's outfit looks great on tv, the colour really stands out.

Peplin
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:33 PM
Nice game and great recovery by Venus.

Andrewraven
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Great play from daniela, venus didn't play great in the first set but got it together, one of her backhands in the final set was explosive :), congratulations vee and win this tournament!

simonsaystennis
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Way to get through it Venus! It wasn't pretty at a lot of times, but you got the win. Please win this!!

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Dani:hug: Great effort! Kept it competitive for as long as she could, but in the end Venus (and her serve) had the better ending...
Congrats Venus!:)

winone23
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Well done Venus!

Slampova
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM
Dani :hug:

Congrats Venus :)

ZODIAC
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:35 PM
More importantly daniela broke the straight set wins for venus :pVenus has only lost 2 sets to Daniela in all their meetings:p20sets to 2 sets:tape:

roelc
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:35 PM
I spent almost 3 hours watching the match just to see DAniela lose in the end :o so unrewarding! She came back great at 2-3* in the third to 4-3 but then...

Big chance missed with Venus playing bad at times. Daniela fought really well, came back from 0-30 soooooooooooo many times in the match. Also thanx to Venusīs errors.

Better luck next time :)

come on, we all knew that in the end she would lose. during the first set i was just think "australian open semi final, australian open semifinal... :("

good on her that she kept fighting

i loved the drop shot in the first set.

hopefully she can maintain this form, congratulations daniela, but too bad.

venus, you better beat that radwanskagirl!

Patrick345
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:35 PM
That ball wasn't even close to in

I think it was. Regardless Venus wasnīt sure, the linesman wasnīt sure, and most importantly Hantuchova wasnīt sure. No way Hantuchova saw that ball, Venus played it like it was in. You have three challenges left. What are you saving them for? If you are broken here, Venus is serving for the match.

Steff_forever
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Vee was close to be upset at 4-4* 40-Adv* and still Daniela was so far way to do it. She was mentally stronger than ever today but still her nerves got frozen at the end of the 3rd :mad:
but you're on a good way though

I still believe in you my elf :hug:

C.MARTINEZ
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Daniela now 0-10 against Williams :help: winning only 3 sets

MrSerenaWilliams
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Never REALLY in doubt, but congrats on a great fight, Dani :hug:

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:36 PM
Radwanska is no pushover. She is crafty and very consistent. An erratic Venus can lose to her so she better step it up.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:37 PM
I think it was. Regardless Venus wasnīt sure, the linesman wasnīt sure, and most importantly Hantuchova wasnīt sure. No way Hantuchova saw that ball, Venus played it like it was in. You have three challenges left. What are you saving them for? If you are broken here, Venus is serving for the match.

Uhm actually Daniela couldn't believe that the ball touched the net and went out, coz the shot itself could have given Venus some trouble. Nothing more to it. It was OUT.

Midnight_Robber
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:37 PM
Perfect "10" for Venus...:o

Okay - maybe I'm exaggerating about the 'perfect' part. :help:
I'm so glad that she dug her heels, stopped being cranky and petulant and fought in the 2nd set, because for a while there this match was starting to look rather Clijsters-Petrova-esque... :tape: And I was starting to wonder if she was *ever* going to figure out to hit to Dani's bh instead of TO her fh...:banghead:

But she did. :)

There were some stunning points from Venus in between the hot-mess play with a few instances of Wimbledon-esque movement and purpose... and some of those bhs. :cool: That said, I also agree with Kishan that the consistency wasn't there (unlike some of the other players who are progressing) so if she gets any further, it will be gravy. I hope that this match has done her game some good. For now though, I'm going to make like Vee, 'be in the moment' and enjoy a hard-fought, hard-earned victory.

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:37 PM
I think it was. Regardless Venus wasnīt sure, the linesman wasnīt sure, and most importantly Hantuchova wasnīt sure. No way Hantuchova saw that ball, Venus played it like it was in. You have three challenges left. What are you saving them for? If you are broken here, Venus is serving for the match.

Are you sre you're not thinking of another point, I remember the linesman saying out and both just walking to their chairs, it looked clearly out to me, and I didn't see either player hesitate towards whether it was in or out. the commentators didn't even mention it.

Bayo
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:37 PM
Win this thing, Venus.

*Joey*
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:39 PM
I am SO proud of Daniela. :)
She finaly won another out of Venus and make it really close.
She improves and uses a lot more the crosscourt shot, not only using the down on the line one! :)
She's finding form again and I think she will be Top 15 if she continues like this.
I am a bit dissapointed for the netcord in the third set at 4-4 Adv. Venus on Daniela's serve. I think she would have won the point. (Vee would have won the match anyway as her serve was HUGE)

Nice match for both and really entertaining one! :D

harloo
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Venus was a complete mess the first set and and a half. I don't know what she was thinking. All Daniela had to do was keep the ball in court. Good she pulled it out but if she makes the final I hope she doesn't have one of these episodes. :lol:

Broseghini
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:41 PM
10-0 :dance:

mykarma
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:41 PM
THANK GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!! :sobbing:

Good job sticking it out and not going away Vee. :yeah:
But get it together quicker next time please and thank you. :o
Can you believe tennis was suppose to come on from 1-6pm and at 6pm, in the third set, tied 3-3, the channel switched and went to basketball. Ain't that a damn shame? They didn't even warn us that it was going to happen. I thought something was wrong with my tv. :fiery::fiery::fiery:

Patrick345
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:41 PM
Are you sre you're not thinking of another point, I remember the linesman saying out and both just walking to their chairs, it looked clearly out to me, and I didn't see either player hesitate towards whether it was in or out. the commentators didn't even mention it.

Yeah that exact point. It was worth a challenge. There is no way, you donīt challenge that ball. Eurosport didnīt show any conclusive angle, but even if they did it was close enough to the line, that as a player you have to challenge it. If you are broken your chances of winning the match are like 10%. So all she needed was like a 10% chance that the ball was in to challenge it.

Midnight_Robber
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:42 PM
...And WD to Dani, who came with a game-plan and who has always had an elegant game that I like. I deliberately avoided the "who will win this match" thread because I think too many people took it for granted that Vee would steam-roll Dani in two.

And Dani foiled their predictions there...

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:42 PM
Are you sre you're not thinking of another point, I remember the linesman saying out and both just walking to their chairs, it looked clearly out to me, and I didn't see either player hesitate towards whether it was in or out. the commentators didn't even mention it.
I just watched the point again. The ball was clearly out.

Serenus Christ
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:42 PM
Last time Venus effed that prostitute up like she was sleepin' with Hank

:death: :hysteric:

Yorker
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
Can you believe tennis was suppose to come on from 1-6pm and at 6pm, in the third set, tied 3-3, the channel switched and went to basketball. Ain't that a damn shame? They didn't even warn us that it was going to happen. I thought something was wrong with my tv. :fiery::fiery::fiery:


That's weird, MSG plus didn't change over to anything.

Pasta-Na
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:43 PM
venus :scared:

leebeasy
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Great job Dani, such a shame the errors came when they did. Good indicator for the future.
Venus better win this thing now!

mykarma
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Darren was the reason for her game plan, so he did a pretty good job, I thought every point he made was on key.
The main reason I hate on court coaching.

Shawn
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Last time Venus effed that prostitute up like she was sleepin' with Hank
OMG! you are terrible!! :devil:

#kArLoS#
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:50 PM
It was great while it lasted.Was a tough loss for sure,but today we can be proud of being fan of hers:yeah:
Congrats Venus;)

Marshmallow
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:51 PM
win or lose, Venus is one of the most entertaining players to watch. so much drama and fight. Dani did well, I really like the beauty of her shots.

Yeah thats one way to put it. I near damn threw my laptop out the window it was so entertaining :D

vixter
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:52 PM
come on, we all knew that in the end she would lose. during the first set i was just think "australian open semi final, australian open semifinal... :("

good on her that she kept fighting

i loved the drop shot in the first set.

hopefully she can maintain this form, congratulations daniela, but too bad.

venus, you better beat that radwanskagirl!

I was thinking about the AO SF too. :)
but dani seems to be on her way to good form..
good fight from both..

akosijepoy
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:54 PM
congrats Vee

That was a sweet victory!

Marshmallow
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:56 PM
Wow. 13 match win streak continues and so does her 10 consecutive wins against Daniela. Brings their H2H 10-0

Yay. @ Streak.

Double yay @ Venus finally having a pigeon!! :yippee:

Cosmologist
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh daniela/
so close and so far...
I am happy about the way she played. Welcome back dani.

Huntress55
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:59 PM
Aww, damn it! Good effort Dani though :D

Lin Lin
Mar 29th, 2010, 11:59 PM
10-0:eek::lol:

DragonFlame
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:00 AM
well done to venus on turning this around while serving like shit and having no forehand. She turned things on in the nick of time and worked her way through it.

Hantuchova played the tactically perfect match for a set and a half, then venus turned on the serve a little and she was gone. She made some bad choices at deciding moments late in the second set as well as the third. This was a real chance to win here..., venus possibly couldn't play any worse then this.

Anyway, decent match to watch overall. Bit disappointed with the outcome. ;)

Beny
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:03 AM
come on, we all knew that in the end she would lose. during the first set i was just think "australian open semi final, australian open semifinal... :("

good on her that she kept fighting

i loved the drop shot in the first set.

hopefully she can maintain this form, congratulations daniela, but too bad.

venus, you better beat that radwanskagirl!

then u also loved the BH one (wrong-footing) some time in the third I think, it was a game point Daniela converted. Great shot selection. After like 20minutes of just hard-hitting she came up really unexpectedly and Venus didnt even start running.

The matche had flashes of brilliance by Daniela. She didnt put it all together unfo :confused:

Beny
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:04 AM
btw. Since when does Daniela have such a GREAT forehand cross-court?? :eek: :eek: :eek: Some of the winners were amazing!! :drool:

I think for the first time in my life I saw a match when Danielaīs FH was completely better than her BH

Serenita
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Well done V.

Renalicious
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:13 AM
Daniela :sad:

But well done to Venus. :eek:

KournikovaFan91
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:19 AM
Dani :hug: :sobbing:

goldenlox
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:21 AM
I thought that was a good match from Dani. When she lost set 2 I thought the 3rd set might be quick. But she almost got up 54.

Chakvenus
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:23 AM
oh Dani, i feel SOO bad for you! you fought SO hard and you came SO close!!
i hope you are able to take the positives out of this match and continue your solid season and hopefully make your way back into at least the top 15.
congrats to Vee, too. way to step up when you needed to!!

NeoZod19
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:25 AM
really too bad for Dani! :(
I think she deserves this win.

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:28 AM
A breath of fresh air this match was.
After watching the likes of Wozniacki, Radwanska and Stosur I began to forget female players were still able to produce such a beautiful shotmaking. Luckily, we still have players like Venus and Daniela on the tour.

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:31 AM
Venus' backhand tonight was :inlove: Such an improvement from her Vinci match to this one.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:32 AM
Damn.. I missed this match thinking it was going to be a blowout :(

OH well.. Vee, you better win this tournament. All your worst foes are dropping like flies.

Serena y Monica
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:47 AM
The way Venus was playing in this match doesn't bode well for her for the rest of the tournament.

At the start, she was hitting her returns short into the middle of the court, and she was basically letting Daniella dictate.

Venus' movement was dodgy at that start but progressively got better.

Daniella over all played well, took MOST of her opportunities.

Venus was just streaky. On occassion she'd look as if she was about to go on a roll, hit two beautiful winners and then follow them up with a couple of errors. Majority of the match her groundstrokes were shaky.


One bad match doesn't foreshadow the outcome of a tournament.

sky20748
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:12 AM
Well Venus was sitting around all morning into the afternoon due to a rain delay and she came out flat.Its not about how pretty of tennis you play but getting the win.Venus stepped it up when it was needed.Cahill said to daniela u know Venus is going to start playing aggressive now and she is good and that so are you ready for it.I had to laugh cuz it was so funny.I didnt think Daniela was going to win because when she gets a lead she starts thinking of the finish line to fast and it messes up her concentration.ONe point at a time.One match at a time.Good going Venus and on to the Radwanska chick lol.but either way good to see your fighting spirit kicking in and your mother and serena loudly clapping.yes give Venus her confidence stick and let her roll with it.

Veesus
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:16 AM
Venus :help:

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:20 AM
thats a sweet W for Venus....sorry Daniela Cahill

Jaco·He
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:22 AM
10

gmokb
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:25 AM
Well done Vee, keep going!!!

sasha&tennis
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:27 AM
Venus was like a roller coaster ride in that match. It seemed that she was only willing to step it up when she really needed to. It almost seemed that she had it on cruise control and then did something special when a bump was in the road or there was a sharp turn up ahead. Hantuchova on the other had played consistently the same throughout the match. She gave it her all. But when Venus stepped it up it was not much that she could do.

This is the type of match that she could win against Venus if Venus did not have the ability to go to another gear out of Hantuchova's reach. Hantuchova knew that this was her chance from how streaky Venus was playing and that is why she did not mentally go away. It is very hard to beat someone you have never beaten before, especially when you know yourself that they really are that much better than you. But Hantuchova played as if she did not know their history. At the same time it is also hard to lose to someone that you know for a fact that you can beat and therefore that keeps you going even on a bad day.

All in all I knew Venus would win but it was a matter of when. I was glad to see that Venus's serve stayed strong when she needed it. That is a very good sign for the rest of the tournament.

Fabunny
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:27 AM
Congratulations Venus :bounce: It was an ugly match especially in the first set, but you managed to find a way to get me that "W".
Congratulations to Daniela for the improvement in her mental and physical games. I get the feeling that she may cause some damage this year. I was proud of the way she fought and played hard today. Against another opponent, she would have won. Darren Cahill is a great coach.

sky20748
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:28 AM
Venus :help:

Yes Help Vee keep showing these young ones that though she may get down she is definately not out.So Yes help her keep showing them lol:worship:Show them that it aint over til the last point is over and done with.booyah:wavey:

young_gunner913
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:29 AM
well done to venus on turning this around while serving like shit and having no forehand. She turned things on in the nick of time and worked her way through it.

Hantuchova played the tactically perfect match for a set and a half, then venus turned on the serve a little and she was gone. She made some bad choices at deciding moments late in the second set as well as the third. This was a real chance to win here..., venus possibly couldn't play any worse then this.

Anyway, decent match to watch overall. Bit disappointed with the outcome. ;)

There was no chance and oooo yes she could have.

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:31 AM
Congratulations Venus :bounce: It was an ugly match especially in the first set, but you managed to find a way to get me that "W".
Congratulations to Daniela for the improvement in her mental and physical games. I get the feeling that she may cause some damage this year. I was proud of the way she fought and played hard today. Against another opponent, she would have won. Darren Cahill is a great coach.these players are more motivated against the sisters but fold against other players...for all Cahill so called expertise he failed to break Vee s resolve.:rolleyes:

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:32 AM
Yes Help Vee keep showing these young ones that though she may get down she is definately not out.So Yes help her keep showing them lol:worship:Show them that it aint over til the last point is over and done with.booyah:wavey:what young ones:confused:Daniela has just turned 27yrs thats a granma in tennis:tape:

Midnight_Robber
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:40 AM
well done to venus on turning this around while serving like shit and having no forehand. She turned things on in the nick of time and worked her way through it.

Hantuchova played the tactically perfect match for a set and a half, then venus turned on the serve a little and she was gone. She made some bad choices at deciding moments late in the second set as well as the third. This was a real chance to win here..., venus possibly couldn't play any worse then this.

Anyway, decent match to watch overall. Bit disappointed with the outcome. ;)

Let's hope you're right. Agree in the main.

The Dawntreader
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:47 AM
Shades of Hantuchova circa 2002/07 in this match. So refreshing to see her play assertive and authoriative tennis, after some dire displays of indifferent ball-striking this year. When Hantuchova plays well, there's almost a seamless rythm that she can find herself in, with a beautiful mixture of pace and angles.

There was the feeling that she wasn't going to sustain such a level, and it was justified. As soon as Venus began to make inroads into the Hantuchova serve, it became a much keener affair, with Venus's first serve% hitting GOAT-heights in the second set. The baseline rallies started to turn in Venus's favour, who began to deflect Hantuchova's seering drives much more effectively, hitting with better depth and exposing Hantuchova deep in the forehand corner, to open up the court for the appropiate winner. Venus wasn't out to hit Daniela off the court of course, but get her out of position. Given the conditions and the form of Daniela, it was a great testament to Venus's utter belief in her shot-making, no matter how ungainly the means. There was one backhand deep in the final set that screamed peakVenus:drool:

Really good contest really, all things considered.

So Disrespectful
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Thank goodness she actually gave herself a chance mentally for once.

NZ tennis fan
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:54 AM
Hard luck Dani :( Sounds like it was a great Match. Good luck Venus in the next round

Fabunny
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:02 AM
these players are more motivated against the sisters but fold against other players...for all Cahill so called expertise he failed to break Vee s resolve.:rolleyes:

I thought Cahill did a good job of motivating Daniela. He was telling her all the right things - solid strategy, great demeanor. Daniela just didn't execute all of it very well. As Cahill texted Gimelstob - it is hard to make a player believe they can win when she has never beaten her opponent in 9 attempts.

As much as I love Venus and wanted her to win, I was happy to see the improvement in Daniela because she always appears to be so emotioannly and physically fragile. She used to be a solid top 15 contender. I would love to see her confidence and performance improve.

NyCPsU
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:03 AM
Even though she lost I think this was my favorite Daniela match of 2010. Seriously the way she was fighting and giving herself a chance. She had some bad ue's but that is expected in her game, she never turned into an ue machine. Some of her shots were so :drool: She really made Venus play a level higher than she was expecting to. Daniela was so distraught when they showed Cahill talking to her after going down a break in the 3rd that you just knew she believed she could win today. If she keeps this up (and thats a big if) she will return to the top 15 fairly soon. I just wish clay season wasnt begininng. :(

sky20748
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:13 AM
Love this pic of Venus fighting spirit.Oh she wanted this.Look at the fire in her eyes.Keep it going Venus:bounce::bounce::bounce::worship:

joeshmo50
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:23 AM
can't see the pic, it won't allow me to

joeshmo50
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:25 AM
nvm see it now, good pic. Wish I could have seen the last 2 games, my coverage was cut off. Anyone have highlights or the actual match?

Infiniti2001
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:25 AM
Love this pic of Venus fighting spirit.Oh she wanted this.Look at the fire in her eyes.Keep it going Venus:bounce::bounce::bounce::worship:


Love it :hearts: It's all about the W baby :banana:

sky20748
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:27 AM
there is a live stream for the matches that is free saw the whole match and kims i lucked up on that one

joeshmo50
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:29 AM
where?

guapogreg08
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:30 AM
can someone PLEASE make a highlight reel of this ;)?

sky20748
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:32 AM
where?

livescorehunter.com:bounce:

Arnian
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:33 AM
grats Venus, wasn't sure you were going to win this

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:41 AM
Well done, Vee!

Sorted it out - ON YOUR OWN - and restored order!!!

She could win this thing, folks!

miffedmax
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:44 AM
Nice comeback win. At least somebody from LOB came to Miami to play.

Njay16
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:46 AM
Love Vee's fighting spirit this year :drool:

I loved when Lindsay commented on Vee's fighting spirit, saying she's not as vocal about it as Serena, but it's still there and going strong. She was shaky in the early goings, but one had to assume that Dani was going to get nervous and Vee was going to tighten up her game. Her movement was somewhat sluggish, maybe that had something to do with the taping :scared: But I'm glad she was tested when not playing her best and still managed to come through. Let's go Vee!!

Good effort Dani :hug:

Venus shouldn't have too much trouble with Aga if she is somewhat on her game.

pokey camp
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:52 AM
these players are more motivated against the sisters but fold against other players...for all Cahill so called expertise he failed to break Vee s resolve.:rolleyes:
A coach can only provide the game plan. It's up to the player to execute. :shrug:

And once again it was so nice to hear Lindsay talking about Vee's game. I'd bet she knows it better than anyone not named Serena or Richard, etc. and there's so much respect there. Really Lindsay seems to treat all the players with respect even when she doesn't particularly care for their game style (like with Caro yesterday). It's nice change.

Dandy_Warhol
Mar 30th, 2010, 02:55 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/2lkcq2t.jpg

expected. it was good while it lasted, Dani.


congrats Vee :yeah:

ElusiveChanteuse
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:09 AM
Venus...ewwww...but a win's a win.

Infiniti2001
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:10 AM
WoR2lRdiklc


These two backhands in this game from 0-2 are so ffffing sweet :hearts:

Infiniti2001
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:11 AM
http://i41.tinypic.com/2lkcq2t.jpg

expected. it was good while it lasted, Dani.


congrats Vee :yeah:

Lucky being a crybaby :haha:

Dandy_Warhol
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:14 AM
Lucky being a crybaby :haha:

being unsurprised with her loses has been boring and tiring. somebody needs to cry :lol:

joeshmo50
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:17 AM
i was gonna mention that first one! I love when she hits that, she had a really good one like that in Dubai in the final! Just so much rotation in her body, WHILE on the run, it's really a cool sight to see and awesome action shot photo I bet!

vwfan
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:25 AM
WoR2lRdiklc


These two backhands in this game from 0-2 are so ffffing sweet :hearts:thanks. ;)

friendsita
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:26 AM
ohhh V!

Lin Lin
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:32 AM
Venus:worship:

friendsita
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:42 AM
WoR2lRdiklc


These two backhands in this game from 0-2 are so ffffing sweet :hearts:

:worship: I love V :worship:

Derek.
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:51 AM
:sobbing:

Roookie
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:52 AM
:tape:

Dunlop1
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:55 AM
A lot closer than I expected.

DS.Fan.
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:07 AM
Thank god!I didn't see the match:o anyway,congrats Vee:kiss:

Wiggly
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:20 AM
WoR2lRdiklc


These two backhands in this game from 0-2 are so ffffing sweet :hearts:

That was the turning point. Had Daniela hit that ball with more pace in the corner, she might have won that game/set.

Infiniti2001
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:21 AM
Thank god!I didn't see the match:o anyway,congrats Vee:kiss:

It's not as horrible as some make it out to be :lol: Venus was totally off today , especially in the 1st set, but she was determined not to see that L next to her name. :shrug: And frankly Dani came to play. Poor girl must be devastated to have the chair pulled under her ass for the 10th time http://i43.tinypic.com/25qel8n.jpg

bandabou
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:24 AM
wow...kinda like a struggle it seems. But a win is still a win. Go Vee!!!

Daniel
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:25 AM
Daniela, when will you beat Venus?

darkangel23
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:09 AM
Dani :hug:

Belmont Lad
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:27 AM
:sobbing::sobbing::sobbing:

Jaco·He
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:30 AM
Daniela, when will you beat Venus?

never

~Eclipsed~
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:33 AM
Phew nice way to fight out of that one Vee! Keep it up! :D

Dodoboy.
Mar 30th, 2010, 06:40 AM
Title still in your sight! Stay focused Venus!

Navratil
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:13 AM
Venus had a perfect record against Daniela: 9:0 and only lost one set which was here in Miami a few years ago. And even at the point when she was 1:6 0:2 down she was still likely to win the match. That's a true champion!

Although Daniela looked fantastic on some points and Venus played her worst tennis to go down 0:2. How many easy - really easy - mistakes...

Beat
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:44 AM
the closes hantuchova will ever come to beating venus. meaning: she will never do it ... :shrug:

ce
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:48 AM
:inlove:
:dance:

Drimal
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:06 AM
Daniela - 6:1 2:0 lead !!! :bigcry:

Undeserved loss :(

AnywhereButHome
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:42 AM
Keep it up Vee!!!

Richie's
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:04 AM
Well, after all, I think Daniela deserve to win this match. What a great chance missed. She play fantastic tennis.

MBM
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:10 AM
Well, after all, I think Daniela deserve to win this match. What a great chance missed. She play fantastic tennis.

her level did drop a little, but it was definitely vee who changed this match. so she can feel good that she did all she could and played a pretty good match;)

Juanes
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:23 AM
i am proud of you, Daniela.... :hug:

ZODIAC
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:53 AM
when Vee started hitting to her backhand thats when the errors started to mount..

vwfan
Mar 30th, 2010, 11:58 AM
Daniela, when will you beat Venus?In the words of Patty Shnyder: "If I knew how to beat her, I would have already!"

Venus is just a bad matchup for Daniela.

I am surprised by the scoreline, but good for her that she keep it competitive.

AndreConrad
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Great to hear about Daniela's performance :yeah:; too bad I could not watrch it. Sorry you lost despite of the fight :hug:
Venus you are a champion :yeah:

Infiniti2001
Mar 30th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Venus had a perfect record against Daniela: 9:0 and only lost one set which was here in Miami a few years ago. And even at the point when she was 1:6 0:2 down she was still likely to win the match. That's a true champion!

Although Daniela looked fantastic on some points and Venus played her worst tennis to go down 0:2. How many easy - really easy - mistakes...

Correct except the only set won was the first time they met. Australian Open 2002 :shrug:

cehowardrx7
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:32 PM
For the life of me, I don't see how the WS do it. They come back from the grave!!!

I was looking at the match, Venus got skunked in the first set, and was behind in the second set. I couldn't stand it no longer, I TURNED OFF THE TV SET!!! Now, I have done this turn-off-tv drill several times with Serena and Venus when they are on the verge of losing, and it seems that each and everytime I do it, they do the UNTHINKABLE. They WILL themselves to win.;)

Utterly fantastic. I mean, you could have throwed in the towel on Venus that is how bad it looked for here and how far back she was.

The WS are more then superstars, they have super hearts too.

Congrats..

Ellery
Mar 30th, 2010, 01:44 PM
Venus :worship:

jean_genie
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:01 PM
Congrats Venus. Way to dig deep :worship:

2Black
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:20 PM
Hopefully, this will wake up Venus' game for the rest of the tourney. She just hasn't looked right in any of her matches. Pick it up Vee & play like you did in the Dubai final for the rest of your matches!!!

KBdoubleu
Mar 30th, 2010, 03:33 PM
Correct except the only set won was the first time they met. Australian Open 2002 :shrug:

Correct except they met once before that at Wimbledon 2001 ;). Venus won 6-3 6-2 in the 2nd round on the way to the title.

Otlichno
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:26 PM
I'm so happy for Daniela, I know she lost but this is the least disappointing loss of hers in a long time, I know Venus didn't play her best but did anyone expect Daniela to take advantage of that, absolutely not. Usually when her opponent plays bad Daniela plays 10X worse. I don't want to be too optimistic but I'm so excited for her and the form she seems to be in lately, the last time she took a set off Venus was back in her best days in 2002. And her new coach is so positive and just what Daniela has needed, a coach who has patience with the choking and the disappointing tennis she sometimes produces.

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:57 PM
The most impressive thing about Hanty in this match was how she handle Vee's 120mph 1st serve BOMBS, sometimes. Equally impressive was the fact that Vee was ready for them to come back. :lol: A lot of times, when I get off a big serve, I tend to stand and admire my handiwork only for it to come blistering back at my feet and look like a fool. :lol:

This match was a real window into the damaged psyche of Daniela Hantuchova. After getting broken in the third, sitting with DC with her head in her towel as if she had just lost was revealing. She is a mental wafer - ready to crumble any moment. She needs a real sit down with a LEGITIMATE sports psychologist and work through some of this stuff.

thegreendestiny
Mar 30th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Lucky match for Venus.

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:34 PM
The most impressive thing about Hanty in this match was how she handle Vee's 120mph 1st serve BOMBS, sometimes. Equally impressive was the fact that Vee was ready for them to come back. :lol: A lot of times, when I get off a big serve, I tend to stand and admire my handiwork only for it to come blistering back at my feet and look like a fool. :lol:

This match was a real window into the damaged psyche of Daniela Hantuchova. After getting broken in the third, sitting with DC with her head in her towel as if she had just lost was revealing. She is a mental wafer - ready to crumble any moment. She needs a real sit down with a LEGITIMATE sports psychologist and work through some of this stuff.

Shes played Venus alot of times...
i think just behind Serena and Clijsters...

she plays mix doubles...
shes soo use to hard serves

nadlinds
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:05 PM
Great fightback from 1-6 0-2 down!!!!!

:worship::worship::worship:

Infiniti2001
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:05 AM
Correct except they met once before that at Wimbledon 2001 ;). Venus won 6-3 6-2 in the 2nd round on the way to the title.

Brainfart :lol: