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Serendy Willick
Dec 28th, 2002, 06:51 PM
The USA (James/Serena) will be playing Uzbekistan on Monday. The Uzbeck team consist of Iroda Tulyganova and her partner(cant pronounce the name). It should be an easy test, but Iroda has taken Serena to three in one of their meetings so Serena shouldnt get too laxed. Here is the complete schedule. GOOD LUCK SERENA AND JAMES!

(1) USA Serena Williams & James Blake
(4) Belgium Kim Clijsters & Xavier Malisse
(6) Spain Arantxa Sanchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo
(8) Winner of Play-Off
Paraguay Rossana Neffa-de Los Rios & Ramon Delgado
Uzbekistan Iroda Tulyaganova & Oleg Ogorodov

(2) Australia Alicia Molik & Lleyton Hewitt
(3) Czech Republic Daja Bedanova & Jiri Novak
(5) Slovak Republic Daniela Hantuchova & Dominik Hrbaty
(7) Italy Silvia Farina Elia & Davide Sanguinetti

Session Day Date Time Team
Session 1 Saturday 28/12/02 10:00am PARAGUAY v UZBEKISTAN
Session 2 Sunday 29/12/02 10:00am AUSTRALIA v ITALY
Session 3 Sunday 29/12/02 5:30pm CZECH REPUBLIC v SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Session 4 Monday 30/12/02 10:00am BELGIUM v SPAIN
Session 5 Monday 30/12/02 5:30pm USA v PARAGUAY/UZBEKISTAN
Session 6 Tuesday 31/12/02 10:00am AUSTRALIA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Session 7 Wednesday 01/01/03 10:00am USA v SPAIN
Session 8 Wednesday 01/01/03 5:30pm CZECH REPUBLIC v ITALY
Session 9 Thursday 02/01/03 10:00am BELGIUM v PARAGUAY/UZBEKISTAN
Session 10* Thursday 02/01/03 5:30pm AUSTRALIA v CZECH REPUBLIC
Session 11* Friday 03/01/03 10:00am USA v BELGIUM
Final Saturday 04/01/03 10:00am Winner Group A v Winner Group B
* Double header using two courts. Schedule on Centre Court subject to relative placing in each group.

Dec 29th, 2002, 07:26 PM
I hate to say this but I love Iroda :sad:..

So it's a tough match for me cause I love both :( :( :(

I hope it's a tough and good match. Go Serena, I HOPE YOU Win the match but.. I also Iroda can be able to show her real game! GOOOOOO USA & UZB :) :)

Dec 29th, 2002, 09:03 PM
:wavey: Did anyone see Serena on hbo Friday night at 8 p.m. with Bob costa.Myself, I was at work.?How was our Serena?THANKS:wavey: :kiss:

Dec 29th, 2002, 10:03 PM
She looked so good, blonde hair and all. Hey if you check your local listing it , like everything on HBO will be shown again.

Dec 30th, 2002, 12:17 PM
Serena is not bloond!

She dyed ger hair with red now! She's so different and so better looking :)

Also USA leads 2-0!

Our Serena won 6-3 6-2

:sad: @ Iroda tho'..

King Aaron
Jan 1st, 2003, 12:49 PM
Serena def. Ruano-Pascual 6-3, 6-3

I saw the match. Serena started very well. She found the right shots. Then it sort of came unstuck. A few unforced errors and untimely dfs. After she got the first set, she played better. A little more consistent. Overall, she played good. :)

Jan 1st, 2003, 08:03 PM
Pictures from VRP's match!



Serena looks so cute in her darker hair and in the ORANGE outfit :)

I hope she keeps wearing it for a longer time!

Serendy Willick
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:02 PM
USA will play Belgium on Friday and I hope Serena gives Kim a beatdown to shut all of the haters up. Here are some interviews

Transcript - Serena Williams
30 December 2002

Serena Williams, welcome and congratulations. How is the energy level?

Itís good. I just got in yesterday, but Iím doing alright.

Youíve had an incredible year. Have you had a chance to sit back and reflect and enjoy what youíve done?

No, Iíve had no time to enjoy it, but you only live once and Iím going to try to keep going and hopefully continue. I guess the year is almost over, so start a new year.

A part of your incredible year was one of your dreams, Wimbledon.

It was, it was.

Have you got a couple more dreams that you would like to achieve?

Of course. My main dream now is the Australian Open. Iíve never been able to win here but I would like to try, and letís just see what happens.

Now part of the year has also been fairly taxing for you, hasnít it? Three major titles; youíve been on record as saying that mentally and physically that was tiring. How are you going to combat that, because itís not going to get any easier, is it?

Itís not. So much mental energy for me goes into the grand slams and so at the end of the year I was so fatigued. Honestly, I won a couple of tournaments after that and I donít know how I was even able to do it. I was just so tired. Now Iím all rejuvenated; Iím all fresh and Iíve had a long break. Iím really excited to be here in Perth because Iíve never been here, and I look forward to having a lot of fun here.

Next year you want to be undefeated, I see.

I do, but it is going to be very hard. There are a lot of tough players, so Iím going to try my best and whatever happens, happens. I just try to set my goals.

Do you see yourself as being a long term number one?

I hope. I do, but I also hope. I would like that a lot.

Serena, itís great to see you here Ė great to see the smile Ė and we look forward to seeing you on the court quite frequently this week. Good luck.

Thank you. Bye.

Serendy Willick
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:03 PM
Transcript - Serena Williams
1 January 2003

Serena Williams, congratulations. A bit of magic and some unforced errors; how far are you away from your top game, do you think, at the moment?
Iím practising very well. Itís just a matter of it coming along in the match Ė Iím not trying to peak too soon.

Youíre going straight to Melbourne; youíre not going to go to Sydney. Is it a better option to practice rather than play matches, do you think?

I think for me it is. I think I always play well because I donít really play that many matches anyway. I donít play that many tournaments. I always play well with fewer matches under my belt.

From many peoplesí perspective you have the perfect game. How can you improve on perfection this year? What are you going to do?

Iím far from my best right now. I havenít begun to play my best at all, so I have a long way to go. Iím sure everyone is excited to hear that.

What sort of things will you be working on this year?

Everything Ė my groundstrokes and my serve, my return and coming to the net Ė just a lot of different stuff that I would just in general like to improve on.

Are you looking forward to the battle with Kim Clijsters on Friday; a little bit of a score to settle?

Yeah, definitely. Iíve been looking forward to that since I came here. Last time I played I was so tired, I had no energy. But sheís playing great and itís good to see her doing so well. She is such a nice girl.

Happy New Year. Any special New Yearís resolutions from the Serena Williams box?

No, I donít do New Yearís resolutions. Just to continue to have fun.

Well, have fun and have a good year. Cheers.

Thank you. Bye.

Serendy Willick
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:26 PM
Serena beat Kim 7-5, 6-3 James then lost to Malisse 7-6, 6-2 but then the USA took the mixed doubles match and the tie wining 7-6, 3-6, 10-5 and will play Austrailia in the final It would be sooo tight if they would win this GOO USA!!!! GREAT JOB TO BOTH OF YOU!!!! Here is Serenas transcript

Serena Williams, a powerful performance, congratulations. You stepped it up a notch today.
Yeah I definitely stepped it up a bit today.

What about the first set Ė numerous breaks of serve, you led 3-0 Ė what was going through your mind when it was back to 3-3?

Oh, nothing. Just, Ďokay Serena, youíre not here to lose serveí, even though I kept losing serve I just kept thinking, Ďoh well, just hold your serveí. I donít really get upset, especially in the big matches. Maybe in the smaller matches I get angry at myself when I get down, but if Iím playing a tough player like Kim it doesnít really bother me. I just keep fighting.

Sum up your overall performance today. What level are you at?

Not the level, or even close to the level I need to be at. I can tell you that.

Is there such a thing as a grudge match for you? Do you like beating certain players more than others?

Honestly, no. It doesnít matter who I play or who I beat. In the end youíre going to have to play everyone, whether Iím playing Venus or Kim in the finals or in the quarterfinals. It doesnít matter who youíre going to play. Eventually youíre going to end up coming against them. It really doesnít matter who I play.

The prospect of playing Alicia Molik in the final, a little bit to do of course. Have you been seeing any of her games this week? She has won three games pretty stylishly.

Iíve always thought Alicia Molik was a great player. I just thought her time hadnít come yet. I remember a few years ago in Sydney, I remember she was playing Martina Hingis and she was doing really well and I thought she could have had a chance to win the match. I think her game is coming together really well now Ė her serve, her body, her arm Ė I think everything is in place and I think sheís going to have a fabulous year this year. Iím looking forward to the match.

And thereís always the other prospect of perhaps in the mixed doubles, meeting Lleyton Hewitt Ė slugging it out with the world number one. Youíve played with him in mixed doubles, are you looking forward to that?

We did play together in mixed doubles. I do look forward to it; I mean if we get that far, we still have another match to win. Iím sure James will do very well, but we have to play two more matches today. If we get that far it will be two number ones going against each other, so that should be fun.

Serena Williams, congratulations. We look forward to seeing you in the mixed doubles.

Thank you. Bye.
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Serendy Willick
Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:30 PM
Serena and James transcript after winning their mixed doubles match.

James, you guys ran it pretty close.
(James) Well, I mean we saw Australiaís match be so dramatic. We couldnít be totally outdone and make it too easy or anything. We had to make sure the crowd had some fun. It was a good time. We played well, and theyíre a great team.

Serena, you seemed to be having quite a bit of fun out there. Are you enjoying it?

(Serena) The day I stop enjoying it will be the day I give up tennis, so Iím definitely enjoying it. Iím having a great time.

How did you lift James after his singles loss?

(Serena) I told him he better win or else.
(James) The best incentive Iíve ever gotten.
(Serena) Or else.

Are you looking forward to taking on Australia in the final?

(Serena) I definitely am, because itís definitely something Iíve been looking forward to all week.

Youíve played Alicia once before.

(Serena) I believe so. I believe I played her once a long time ago. We both were young Ė a different story. Sheís playing really, really good here. Actually, I think sheís like the Dark Lord. Sheís really sneaking up on everybody and doing really well and maybe even underestimated a bit, but I never underestimate my opponents and I really expect to have a good match with her tomorrow.

The crowd could be a factor too Ė obviously theyíll be going for Alicia.

(Serena) The crowd is not usually for me, in any case, so it doesnít bother me.
(James) We still love you.

James, you pushed Hewitt to five sets in the US Open twice. Obviously you can push some buttons.

(James) Yeah, unfortunately I havenít quite gotten a win out of either of those. First time, unfortunately I got sick on the court. Second time, he just got one break on a couple of great shots. Heís good at doing that. Thatís why heís number one in the world. But, I feel like I have a pretty good game to match up with his and I think Iíve got as good a chance as a lot of guys on tour to beat him. Heís number one in the world, but heís still human. Heís definitely beatable and Jiri proved that yesterday. Hopefully I can prove it tomorrow. Weíll see.

Howís your racquet holding up? Itís had a bit of a bashing.

(James) Yeah a little bit. At the beginning of the year I seem to not be quite into the flow of matches and I tend to loose control of a racquet once or twice in Australia. But, by the end of the Australia trip Iíve usually calmed down a little and I try to keep it in my hands a little more.

Serena, in the mixed doubles youíll be playing against the other world number one, how did you feel about?

(Serena) Did you ask him how he feels about playing this number one?

He didnít know he would be playing you yet.

(Serena) Oh.

He wanted to play against Kim, but heíll take you instead. How do you feel about that?

(Serena) You should ask him first and then tell me.

We asked him already last night, but he didnít know he would be playing you.

(Serena) Well, I would like to know how he feels about it first.

Are you looking forward to receiving a serve from Lleyton and really putting it to him?

(Serena) I donít know. Personally, Iím not reallyÖ.I think you guys in the media, especially in Australia, really play him up really well. Iím just here to play tennis. It doesnít matter whether Iím playing Lleyton Hewitt or Pete Sampras. Honestly, it doesnít matter to me, really it doesnít.

James, it didnít go as well as you would have liked in the singles, but how are you feeling about your form in general?

(James) Good. She (Serena Williams) reminded me today when I got down, Iím very competitive so I want to win every match I go out and play, but she reminded me, you know. This is mainly to get ready for the Australian Open Ė we want to win Ė but I canít get too down on myself. I played probably four really good sets this week and a couple that havenít been up to what I think is my best form. But, Xavier played well and heís top-thirty in the world and heís a great player. I think my form is coming along fine. Iím not that worried about it. I didnít play great on the big points today.
(Serena) We think you guys are way worried about it than we are. Weíre just here to play tennis and enjoy. This is really fun. Itís just a charity as well; we have to remember itís for the kids. Weíre here to have a lot of fun more than anything. Weíre not really pressed about Ďoh Iíve got to winí Ė Iím trying to win the Australian Open. I think you guys take it more. Weíre just here to have fun and give the crowd a lot of fun and really enjoy ourselves more than anything.

You had a bit of a collision out there, are you both okay after that?

(Serena) Well I have a broken hip.
(James) Luckily Iíve got plenty of padding on mine, so Iím alright. But, it was my fault. A little miscommunication out there.

Serena, youíre doing a bit of a kangaroo hop out there.

(Serena) Yeah, I always do that. Especially when I play with Venus, because she always has these big overhead lobs, and it just carries on to whoever I play with. So itís like, Ďoh make ití.

Is she wishing she was out there?

(Serena) Um, actually I just talked to her after my match. Sheís at home, working hard. She was at the movies. Iím a bit jealous.

Just a question about the match tomorrow Ė The USA has lost four finals in the past and won one, is it important to you from your countryís point of view to win?

(James) Yeah, sure. I guess thatís a bad resume to have, but at least weíve been there before and weíre hopefully going to change that a little bit tomorrow. We canít really worry about that. Neither of us were on any of those teams. We canít worry too much about that, weíll just go out there and try do our best. Weíve got a whole new team and hopefully we can take the Hopman Cup back to America.

James, do you and Serena have any little signals out there that you use?

(Serena) Yeah, but weíre not going to disclose them.
(James) Very secretive.

Jan 7th, 2003, 08:01 PM
Hey, you are right, she is not a blond anymore! yaY! I really prefer the more natural look for her. she looks great in this orange outfit!!

Jan 8th, 2003, 05:33 AM
she looks perfect to me