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Jorn
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:55 PM
Who has the biggest chance to beat Venus?

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:55 PM
Henin, Clijsters, Yanina. I wouldn't be surprised to see any of them beat her.

VishaalMaria
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:57 PM
As if Venus is the player to beat.

Kim played extremely well in her last match, probably showed the highlest level of tennis in the tournament so far.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Yea.. Vee isn't hte player to beat.. but I hope she wins!

TennisArt
Mar 30th, 2010, 07:59 PM
Everyone left in the draw besides Wozniacki.

Michael!
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:01 PM
If Venus isnt able to raise her level, all the girls from Belgium could beat her, Kim or Justine for sure, Wickmayer would have good chances, somehow I cant see Bartoli winning 2 times in a row against Venus...

SoClose
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:03 PM
Wozniacki :spit: for sure!!!

young_gunner913
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:05 PM
As if Venus is the player to beat.

Kim played extremely well in her last match, probably showed the highlest level of tennis in the tournament so far.

Kim could've double bageled every opponent from round 2 to the SF. We all know what happens when she plays against Justine.

I don't think anyone could beat Venus if she's playing well. However, it being Vee, you never know what you're going to get with her. She's so unpredictable but I'm hoping she's gonna win it.

TennisFan66
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Cool, a full 5 msgs before a swipe at Caro. Thats gotta be a TF record of some kind?

In regards to the question. If I am not mistaken, Venus Williams last tour event win in North America dates back to 2004 (Charleston). So for whatever reason, she appears to have troubles winning events there. Hence my answer to 'who CAN' would be: Everyone left in the draw.

SoClose
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:07 PM
Cool, a full 5 msgs before a swipe at Caro. Thats gotta be a TF record of some kind?

In regards to the question. If I am not mistaken, Venus Williams last tour event win in North America dates back to 2004 (Charleston). So for whatever reason, she appears to have troubles winning events there. Hence my answer to 'who CAN' would be: Everyone left in the draw.

but Wozniacki cant beat anyone!!!

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:09 PM
Cool, a full 5 msgs before a swipe at Caro. Thats gotta be a TF record of some kind?

In regards to the question. If I am not mistaken, Venus Williams last tour event win in North America dates back to 2004 (Charleston). So for whatever reason, she appears to have troubles winning events there. Hence my answer to 'who CAN' would be: Everyone left in the draw.
:weirdo: And no comments about WUMs?
You're wrong. 2009 and 2010 Acapulco. America, 2007 Memphis.

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:09 PM
Herself...
like duh!!

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:10 PM
No comments about WUMs?
You're wrong. 2009 and 2010 Acapulco. America, 2007 Memphis.

though not tour...

She beat Kuznetsova and Clijsters 2 weeks ago

TennisFan66
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:14 PM
:weirdo: And no comments about WUMs?
You're wrong. 2009 and 2010 Acapulco. America, 2007 Memphis.

Acapulco is in MEXICO, which is not part of North America (US + Canada). So between Charlston 2004 and now, she has won a tour event in Memphis?

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:16 PM
Acapulco is in MEXICO, which is not part of North America (US + Canada). So between Charlston 2004 and now, she has won a tour event in Memphis?

Are you really that dumb? Mexico is a part of North America.:weirdo::haha::rolls:

friendsita
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:18 PM
Herself...
like duh!!

duh x2

Gdsimmons
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:18 PM
Lol
I think Venus is in a good rhythm now. I like her chances at this tournament

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:19 PM
Are you really that dumb? Mexico is a part of North America.:weirdo::haha::rolls:

comon mate...
its a common mistake...

especially since its a spanish/latin country

Arnian
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Are you really that dumb? Mexico is a part of North America.:weirdo::haha::rolls:

She hasn't won a major tournament in the states in a long time though.

If she wins Miami it will be the biggest thing besides Wimbledon that she's won in a long time, minus the YEC in 08

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:22 PM
She hasn't won a major tournament in the states in a long time though.

If she wins Miami it will be the biggest thing besides Wimbledon that she's won in a long time, minus the YEC in 08

theyre worth the same points anyway...

minus the YEC in 08...

Jorn
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:23 PM
Maybe I should not have add Caroline in the poll, as she don't have any chance to beat both Juju and Kim :o

But she now got 3 votes! :eek: :eek: ;)

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:24 PM
She hasn't won a major tournament in the states in a long time though.

If she wins Miami it will be the biggest thing besides Wimbledon that she's won in a long time, minus the YEC in 08

Ok, did I say she had? He said she hadn't won an event in North America since 2004, he was wrong even if he thinks Mexico isn't in North America.

TennisFan66
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:24 PM
Are you really that dumb? Mexico is a part of North America.:weirdo::haha::rolls:

I thought Mexico was a Latin country and part of Latin America. If I am wrong, I am wrong. So restricting myself to North America being US+Canada, Venus Williams won last time here in 2007 (Memphis) and before that in 2004 (Charlston). Is that correct?

Larrybidd
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:26 PM
Herself...
like duh!!

You nailed it. Here's is a phrase you (practically) never read on the sports pages. "Venus Williams plays really well but came up short."

Uranium
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:26 PM
I thought Mexico was a Latin country and part of Latin America. If I am wrong, I am wrong. So restricting myself to North America being US+Canada, Venus Williams won last time here in 2007 (Memphis) and before that in 2004 (Charlston). Is that correct?

It is a Latin country, but North America contains Canada, USA, Mexico and 20 other countries from Central America.
Yes.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:28 PM
who cares if she hasnt won in the US in a while. Are the courts a different size than other countries? Are the tennis balls square or something here?

Direwolf
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I thought Mexico was a Latin country and part of Latin America. If I am wrong, I am wrong. So restricting myself to North America being US+Canada, Venus Williams won last time here in 2007 (Memphis) and before that in 2004 (Charlston). Is that correct?

and your point is??

she will never win another North American being US+Canada title?

TennisFan66
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:32 PM
and your point is??

she will never win another North American being US+Canada title?

How on earth am I suppose to know, if Venus Williams will win another tour title in US/Canada again or not? .. I don't claim to be psychic.

I am merely saying, statstically, as she hasn't won a title here in like then 3 years and only one title in about 6 years, for whatever reason, she appears to have difficulties winning here.

Larrybidd
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:33 PM
and your point is??

she will never win another North American being US+Canada title?

I guess his point is that there is some kinda jinx north of the Mexican border. Kinda like the yellow dress jinx. ;o)

Leo_DFP
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:36 PM
Acapulco is in MEXICO, which is not part of North America (US + Canada). So between Charlston 2004 and now, she has won a tour event in Memphis?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Post of the decade???!

Mikey.
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:36 PM
Acapulco is in MEXICO, which is not part of North America (US + Canada). So between Charlston 2004 and now, she has won a tour event in Memphis?

:hysteric:

colt13
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:37 PM
Wickmayer. The tour has been dominated by the letter W this year(S.Williams, V.Williams, Wozniacki and Wickmayer). In this case, Serena is not here, Wozniacki's run at IW will eventually catch up with her, and Wickmayer seems to now play better at the larger events.

jefrilibra
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:38 PM
On a very bad day, even Oracene can beat Venus!:lol:

I just hope she finds the same form she had when she played Azarenka in Dubai.:hearts::hearts::hearts:

Leo_DFP
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:41 PM
comon mate...
its a common mistake...



Ummm, no it's not.

I thought Mexico was a Latin country and part of Latin America. If I am wrong, I am wrong. So restricting myself to North America being US+Canada, Venus Williams won last time here in 2007 (Memphis) and before that in 2004 (Charlston). Is that correct?

OMG kid, you seriously need a geography lesson. Latin America is not a continent. North America not only includes the US, Canada, and Mexico, but also all the countries of Central America.

Before you go talking shit about a player, get your facts right. End of story.

However, I do agree that this thread is stupid. Venus is one of the top two favorites with Kim, I'd argue, and Justine close behind as the #3. BUT anyone can beat her here. Especially herself.

Dodoboy.
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:43 PM
Henin, no.
I don't see it. Could be wrong but i just don't see it unless Henin plays her ABSOLUTE best.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Henin, no.
I don't see it. Could be wrong but i just don't see it unless Henin plays her ABSOLUTE best.

Why?? Venus has shown difficulty beating high-caliber opponents on hardcourts for YEARS. Meanwhile Henin steamrolled Vera and Elena and made two hardcourt finals in 2/3 tournaments since her return.

I'd say Henin would be favored should they meet.

akosijepoy
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Venus will beat Venus... she controls her destiny

TennisFan66
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:48 PM
Ummm, no it's not.



OMG kid, you seriously need a geography lesson. Latin America is not a continent. North America not only includes the US, Canada, and Mexico, but also all the countries of Central America.

Before you go talking shit about a player, get your facts right. End of story.

However, I do agree that this thread is stupid. Venus is one of the top two favorites with Kim, I'd agree, and Justine close behind as the #3. BUT anyone can beat her here. Especially herself.

Geographic areas do not have to be continents. British Isles, Nordic countries, Scandinavian countries, Baltic states, Western Europe blah blah blah. I mistakenly called US+Canada for North America. I would have incl Mexico in Central America. I stand corrected.

Back to tennis talk?

PS There wasn't any 'shit talking'.

donniedarkofan
Mar 30th, 2010, 08:59 PM
It's cute that people actually voted for Caroline Wozniacki. Really cute.:lol: While i respect her and her game and i do not find being a pusher a bad thing, but still...Venus will eat her balls, if you know what i mean.

Daniela-Is-Mine
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:00 PM
Daniela should of :bigcry:

2Black
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:02 PM
On any given day...That's why they play the game

Thkmra
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:10 PM
As if Venus is the player to beat.

Kim played extremely well in her last match, probably showed the highlest level of tennis in the tournament so far.

:rolleyes: She IS the player to beat!! People act as if by playing a high level of tennis for one set makes you an automatic shoe-in for the title, especially against a player is is coming back into her own, and is on a 14 match winning streak mind you!!

Let's also not forget how shaky, and unpredictable Clijsters can be since her comeback from match-to-match. We do remember what happened last time she was 'supposed' to have won!!:help:

Loudman
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:16 PM
Everyone could, but I'd think Venus is slightly favorite to win the tournament. With Kim and Justine as a close second because they got to eliminate eachother first.

sasha&tennis
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:23 PM
If Venus really wants this tournament no one will beat her. We shall see.

hankqq
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:28 PM
I think any of the players left in the tournament could beat Venus but Stosur would be at the bottom of the list.

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:32 PM
:rolleyes: She IS the player to beat!! People act as if by playing a high level of tennis for one set makes you an automatic shoe-in for the title, especially against a player is is coming back into her own, and is on a 14 match winning streak mind you!!

Let's also not forget how shaky, and unpredictable Clijsters can be since her comeback from match-to-match. We do remember what happened last time she was 'supposed' to have won!!:help:

When was the last time Venus won anything on hardcourt with a full field?
And look at who those 14 wins are against?

Clijsters has wins over Henin, Serena, Venus, Azarenka, etc in the last few months on hardcourt.

Kim would be favored over Venus.. especially since I cant remember the last time Vee beat Kim

hankqq
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:36 PM
When was the last time Venus won anything on hardcourt with a full field?
And look at who those 14 wins are against?

Clijsters has wins over Henin, Serena, Venus, Azarenka, etc in the last few months on hardcourt.

Kim would be favored over Venus.. especially since I cant remember the last time Vee beat Kim

well this year, Kim has lost to Petrova (winning only 1 game :o ) and Kleybanova on hard courts :shrug: but I agree that she seems to be in better form now.

winning Dubai is a big deal though :shrug: so Venus isn't playing too badly herself :lol: :p

Tennisstar86
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:36 PM
Venus' serve has looked impressive and unfortunate in ALL of her matches so far.. so anyone could beat her or she could win.... you never can tell with Vee....

silyaunWILLIAMS
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Anyone (barring Bartoli) can beat her, but if Venus wants this tournament badly, then she'll get it.

silyaunWILLIAMS
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:42 PM
When was the last time Venus won anything on hardcourt with a full field?
And look at who those 14 wins are against?

Clijsters has wins over Henin, Serena, Venus, Azarenka, etc in the last few months on hardcourt.

Kim would be favored over Venus.. especially since I cant remember the last time Vee beat Kim

Billy Jean King Cup. Venus had just gone from clay to hard, had only a few days rest and still found the energy to defeat Clijsters and Kuznetsova.

Tennisstar86
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:44 PM
When was the last time Venus won anything on hardcourt with a full field?
And look at who those 14 wins are against?

Clijsters has wins over Henin, Serena, Venus, Azarenka, etc in the last few months on hardcourt.

Kim would be favored over Venus.. especially since I cant remember the last time Vee beat Kim

Kims US OPEN victories are thrown out IMO......she had no pressure in those matches...now she has the pressure... Venus hasnt had great play and shes found a way to win... Daniela didnt choke yesterday Venus pulled her level up. Thats the difference between Venus/ Serena/ sometimes Justine and Kim ..... Kim starts bad and just tanks (AO against Petrova......why they have 7+ slams and kim 2....

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Billy Jean King Cup. Venus had just gone from clay to hard, had only a few days rest and still found the energy to defeat Clijsters and Kuznetsova.

That was an exhibition

Kims US OPEN victories are thrown out IMO......she had no pressure in those matches...now she has the pressure... Venus hasnt had great play and shes found a way to win... Daniela didnt choke yesterday Venus pulled her level up. Thats the difference between Venus/ Serena/ sometimes Justine and Kim ..... Kim starts bad and just tanks (AO against Petrova......why they have 7+ slams and kim 2....

Yea, but Hantuchova is Vee's bitch :lol:
And I don't think Vee has been able to pull up her level in recent years.. if anything, it often drops (AO against Na Li?).
And I don't think you can throw out Kim's USO victories. Yea, she didn't have pressure, but at the same time.. it was her first slam in years and to take out Vee and Serena back-to-back?!?! That's an incredible feat.. I think harder when you havent competed in years.

Anyway, Vee hasn't looked too stellar unfortunately, while Kim looked incredible in her last match. Either way, I think they could only meet in the final and then it's really a coin toss. In a final, Vee can throw in a stinker or just dominate completely.

new-york
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:52 PM
The two other champions and probably Yanina, she is pretty gutsy.

Venus needs to pick it up.

Steadyniacki
Mar 30th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Hopefully marion if she gets past wickmayer :lol:

People shouldn't ride her off so quickly i mean she did beat her last time :)

Tennisstar86
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:08 PM
That was an exhibition



Yea, but Hantuchova is Vee's bitch :lol:
And I don't think Vee has been able to pull up her level in recent years.. if anything, it often drops (AO against Na Li?).
And I don't think you can throw out Kim's USO victories. Yea, she didn't have pressure, but at the same time.. it was her first slam in years and to take out Vee and Serena back-to-back?!?! That's an incredible feat.. I think harder when you havent competed in years.

Anyway, Vee hasn't looked too stellar unfortunately, while Kim looked incredible in her last match. Either way, I think they could only meet in the final and then it's really a coin toss. In a final, Vee can throw in a stinker or just dominate completely.

Venus played horrible at the Us Open... I will say for kim that her against Venus is a coin flip because they tend to bring the worse in each other out....

as far as Hantuchova being Venus' bitch....she obviously didnt see the match, because Daniela didnt play like it even when Venus made her comeback.....

Hopefully marion if she gets past wickmayer :lol:

People shouldn't ride her off so quickly i mean she did beat her last time :)

yes...i fear for Marion....She stopped Venus from winning a tourny she loves.....

dynamoRockstarr
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:16 PM
Venus can really show up at the semi and play like the previous matches were just practice for her. She can really turn into a super aggressive tennis queen hitting all her shots.

but i've been loving her effectiveness at the net.

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:26 PM
Clearly, Henin and Clijsters are the players to beat at this tournament. After all, they're the saviors of the tour..., right?

G1Player2
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:33 PM
Clearly, Henin and Clijsters are the players to beat at this tournament. After all, they're the saviors of the tour..., right?

:lol: True. But, only one of them makes the final. :shrug: People are acting like she is going to have to beat both of them.

Dodoboy.
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Why?? Venus has shown difficulty beating high-caliber opponents on hardcourts for YEARS. Meanwhile Henin steamrolled Vera and Elena and made two hardcourt finals in 2/3 tournaments since her return.

I'd say Henin would be favored should they meet.

I'm just recalling the outstanding level Henin has had to be to beat Venus everytime they have played.

And results like these don't show difficulty in beating high caliber opponents -
Cincinatti -
Sharapova, Maria (RUS) 62 W 6-2 6-2
(3) Dementieva, Elena (RUS) 4 W 6-0 6-1

Maybe this year she hasn't proven this, but i think scrubs have been more of a problem to her over the last years. She's on a winning streak don't forget that, i don't see Henin breaking that.

Buitenzorg
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Henin :p

AcesHigh
Mar 30th, 2010, 10:57 PM
I'm just recalling the outstanding level Henin has had to be to beat Venus everytime they have played.

And results like these don't show difficulty in beating high caliber opponents -
Cincinatti -
Sharapova, Maria (RUS) 62 W 6-2 6-2
(3) Dementieva, Elena (RUS) 4 W 6-0 6-1

Maybe this year she hasn't proven this, but i think scrubs have been more of a problem to her over the last years. She's on a winning streak don't forget that, i don't see Henin breaking that.

I wouldnt call Sharapova a high caliber opponent anymore.
And yes, Vee is on a winning streak, but against whom?? Azarenka was the only top20 opponent she faced prior to Miami in that streak and since then.. she played hantuchova and radwanska, both of whom she has dominated in their careers.

And Venus and Henin have played once since 2003 so I don't think that's much of a barometer.

$uricate
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:09 AM
Any one of them could beat Venus, but Im not sure they will.

Then again she did almost lose to Dani :tape:

Uranium
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:12 AM
I'm just recalling the outstanding level Henin has had to be to beat Venus everytime they have played.

And results like these don't show difficulty in beating high caliber opponents -
Cincinatti -
Sharapova, Maria (RUS) 62 W 6-2 6-2
(3) Dementieva, Elena (RUS) 4 W 6-0 6-1

Maybe this year she hasn't proven this, but i think scrubs have been more of a problem to her over the last years. She's on a winning streak don't forget that, i don't see Henin breaking that.

Stanford.

Tennisation
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:23 AM
Venus is not the player to beat, she has looked far less impressive than Justine and Kim

slamchamp
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:32 AM
She almost lost to Hantuchova:shrug: nuff said

vwfan
Mar 31st, 2010, 12:56 AM
In order:

1. Venus.:o
2. Kim, not backing down.
3. Justine, playing really well.

Midnight_Robber
Mar 31st, 2010, 01:07 AM
The two other champions and probably Yanina, she is pretty gutsy.

Venus needs to pick it up.


Lord I how hate jinx threads. :fiery: As far as I'm concerned the player to beat is whoever is in form, facing quality opponents and producing the best tennis of the tournament.


Venus has done just enough to get by against inferior opponents and to (barely) dig herself out of trouble - just like last year... She hasn't looked sharp or dangerous yet, and looks off her game. In the meantime there are 3 or 4 players who are currently playing better tennis in Miami than she is. I hope that she's able seriously raise her level in time for the semis - and she'll have to because I'm assuming that her opponent will play at a much higher level than Cirstea, Vinci, Hantuchova or Radwanska.

edificio
Mar 31st, 2010, 01:21 AM
Perhaps the only players who cannot beat her are Woz and Wick, but who knows...she's managed to lose to worse.

mykarma
Mar 31st, 2010, 01:37 AM
If she doesn't get it together and play better whoever is on the other side of the court. She's just not looking good.

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:13 AM
Are you really that dumb? Mexico is a part of North America.:weirdo::haha::rolls:

Err...don't know y but officially it's considered Central America...

zxcVbnm88
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:19 AM
Err...don't know y but officially it's considered Central America...

And Central America is part of North America.....

Matt01
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:22 AM
And Central America is part of North America.....


Geographically, yes.
Culturally, it is part of South America. ;)

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:25 AM
http://www.brokerbarbara.com/xSites/Agents/PacificRimRealty/Content/UploadedFiles/central_america_map_02.gif

And Central America is part of North America.....

Yes and No...very confusing...but my college geography teacher was adamant that Mexico was not part of North America...maybe something to do w/plats, it seems obvious that is it part of North America...but no.

Uranium
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:26 AM
Geographically, yes.
Culturally, it is part of South America. ;)

Well the poster was talking geographically, so NEXT.

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:30 AM
Geographically, yes.
Culturally, it is part of South America. ;)

Aah...thanks for clarifying Matt.

Matt01
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:06 AM
Well the poster was talking geographically, so NEXT.


I didn't get this from the poster so how do you know?

CoolDude7
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:18 AM
I am a Venus fan.. and to me she just isn't 'feeling' the ball this tourney. Kind of like in the Na Li Match. Her serve has been getting her out of jail. Kim and Justine have been more impressive.

zxcVbnm88
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:31 AM
Geographically, yes.
Culturally, it is part of South America. ;)

This.

Jajaloo
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:33 AM
Herself...
like duh!!

Yeah, it just depends on WHEN her brain explodes. Hopefully she can keep her ish together. But i think Juju can knock her down!

AcesHigh
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:37 AM
In regards to the question. If I am not mistaken, Venus Williams last tour event win in North America dates back to 2004 (Charleston). So for whatever reason, she appears to have troubles winning events there. Hence my answer to 'who CAN' would be: Everyone left in the draw.

Geographically...there Matt

vwfan
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:42 AM
If she doesn't get it together and play better whoever is on the other side of the court. She's just not looking good.this.

BUT, she's won 14 matches in a row, plus two exo matches. she's doing something right. ;)

in the past year, she's lacked confidence and focus. and though she is not playing as well as she can, those two things aren't an issue right now, the way they have been so much in the past year or so: her win streak gives her confidence.

Also, I think she really wants to win this tournament and she's close to the finish line and that determination helps with focus.

the combination is not a good sign for anyone on the other side of the net.

Tech1
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:31 AM
Venus Williams on the run at Sony Ericsson Open

Who is the ``old woman'' left in the Sony Ericsson Open?

OK, that's you, Venus Williams, but you don't need a walker yet -- not even close. But at age 29, you are this year's remaining senior citizen in the women's draw.

Williams, who can probably outrun almost anybody else in the tournament, was pressed to the limit Monday, defeating Daniela Hantuchova 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. On Tuesday, with less than 24 hours between matches, she sprinted all over the court and easily defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-1.

Throughout the tournament, Williams has been getting to drop shots almost before they drop and putting them away for easy winners.

Does she consider herself the favorite to take the title this year?

Williams deferred.

``That's not really how I perceive it,'' she said. ``When I'm out there, I'm focused on that match and executing that match and doing what I need to in that match. It's not necessarily if I'm the player to beat or not.''

Of Tuesday's victory, Williams said, ``A little more straight-forward,'' than Monday's struggle. But she admitted, ``Getting through a match like [Monday] makes me more confident because it wasn't exactly my best game. [On Tuesday,] I was kind of eager to clean up my act.''

She absolutely did.

MISSED CHANCE

Benjamin Becker had Andy Roddick right where he wanted him -- going up 4-1 in the first set and leading 40-love in the sixth game. A huge upset was in the making. Then it all slipped away.

Roddick came roaring back to win 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Becker, whose middle name should be ``Not Related to Boris'' just to make his life simpler, said, ``Obviously, I had a big chance in the first set. You won't get that advantage often against a guy like Andy Roddick.''

Becker, from Germany, admitted he was the main culprit in giving Roddick the inspiration he needed. ``After losing the first set, you could tell he was a little more confident in his game,'' Becker said.

Becker said that confidence particularly showed up in Roddick's serve. ``In the second set, he was hitting the service angles better,'' Becker said. ``He didn't go for the big serves anymore. He was going for the angles.''

Becker lives in Fort Lauderdale, a 45-minute drive to the Sony Ericsson. Has he spent much time in South Beach during the tournament? ``No,'' he said, ``but since I'm out of the tournament I guess I can now.''


FANS GALORE

Attendance for the 2010 Sony Ericsson could set a record, despite a deluge Monday that probably scared away many attendees as well as causing a schedule revision.

Through Monday, attendance was more than 176,000, approximately 10,000 more than a year earlier.

Tournament director Adam Barrett said he was ``pleased'' with the crowds so far.

The largest crowd this year through Monday was 18,667 on Saturday. -- BILL VAN SMITH

Venus Williams on the run at Sony Ericsson Open - Tennis - MiamiHerald.com (http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/03/31/1556064/venus-williams-on-the-run-at-sony.html)

Volcana
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:38 AM
I don't want any part of Kim Clijsters.
Totally want Henin.
Wish Bartoli was NOT the semi. If Venus' first serve isn't working, that's an even match. Bartoli is a returner from Hell.

Acinolbaj
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:19 PM
Daniela could. :sad:

Tennisstar86
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:29 PM
haha, I'm mad they're using words like senior citizen in that snippet....and if the serve isnt on Bartoli is an even match? I disagree..shes just not fast enough....If the ground strokes are off Venus is in trouble though...

thegreendestiny
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:36 PM
Herself? :tape:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 31st, 2010, 02:42 PM
Anyone (barring Bartoli) can beat her, but if Venus wants this tournament badly, then she'll get it.

clearly you forgot what happened last time

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:03 PM
I don't want any part of Kim Clijsters.
Totally want Henin.
Wish Bartoli was NOT the semi. If Venus' first serve isn't working, that's an even match. Bartoli is a returner from Hell.


Seriously? I'm good with all of these. All of these players will be a challenge but who wants to watch a beat down regardless of the winner. Venus is my favorite player and I want to see her engage in a physical and metal test. To be sure I want her to win but if she losses and plays well...I'm still good.

volta
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:09 PM
every single player standing can beat her and that's including Venus herself so let's just hope for the best (her winning the whole thing that is :hearts: )

vwfan
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:35 PM
clearly you forgot what happened last timeahhhh. . .and that's why we have you. :o

Steven.
Mar 31st, 2010, 03:53 PM
If anyone, Kim Clijsters is looking pretty damn good this tournament; defeating Azarenka 6-4 6-0 isn't exactly easy in addition to dropping only seven games. I doubt Henin can beat her right now. Her game isn't exactly what you'd call consistent. Don't think anyone else in the draw has a chance.

I think she has this won.

BUT, she's won 14 matches in a row, plus two exo matches. she's doing something right. ;)

She achieved similar results the previous year but lost in SF in Miami anyway, just saying you know.... ;\

PLP
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:01 PM
I don't think Venus will lose to Marion, but in the final it's another story.

I consider her the favorite for the title (she's playing very well) but the other players have chances depending on their form and which Venus shows up.

1.Kim(in great form and she has won here)
2.Justine(great form and something to prove, still looking for her 1st title since comeback)
3.Caro(playing well, has confidence)

If Kim or JuJu are in great form and Venus is weak, too error prone or loses focus...also if Caro plays well and Venus is error-Vee. I don't see Sam beating Venus in Miami...still, it's WTA, anything could happen. :lol:

trufanjay
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:15 PM
I think we would have to give Henin the best chance. She seems to be playing very well so far.

Tennisstar86
Mar 31st, 2010, 08:35 PM
I think we would have to give Henin the best chance. She seems to be playing very well so far.

You must not be watching her today :lol:

changel
Mar 31st, 2010, 08:42 PM
You must not be watching her today :lol:

Def. she sucks as hell atm.

changel
Mar 31st, 2010, 08:45 PM
I think we would have to give Henin the best chance. She seems to be playing very well so far.

Henin is playing such an agressive tennis, I don't know how she think she is gonna beat players like Serena, Venus and Clijsters, she is just playing their game now, and they are better at this game.
Henin was challenging and beating them when she was mostly defensive, she is giving so many points right now:eek:

Aaric
Mar 31st, 2010, 08:50 PM
I dont like this new Henin :(

vwfan
Apr 2nd, 2010, 11:30 PM
Kim wins the short stick to try to be the one to take her down.

Will she?

Sam L
Apr 3rd, 2010, 03:38 AM
Venus will win.

Alizé Molik
Apr 4th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Kim wins the short stick to try to be the one to take her down.

Will she?

yes.

danieln1
Apr 4th, 2010, 04:29 PM
You should have included in the options: both knees!

vwfan
Apr 4th, 2010, 09:14 PM
yes.your belief would have been more credible, before the match.

but, enjoy! :o