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sperosgeorgejr
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:31 PM
http://www.gopbi.com/auto/epaper/editions/friday/sports_e3a74a2b42d010ef0012.html


Virus could sideline top-ranked Serena

By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2003


KEY BISCAYNE -- A stomach virus could accomplish what nobody on the court has been able to manage this year: Stop Serena Williams.

Williams was too sick Thursday to attend a scheduled news conference with older sister Venus at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The Palm Beach Gardens resident is slated to play Francesca Schiavone of Italy tonight on the Stadium court at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

Adam Barrett, the tournament director, said he moved Williams' 2003 Miami debut back to the second evening match on the showcase court, after No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt's tournament opener against Francisco Clavet, to give Serena as much time as possible "to rest and get her strength back."

"First off, we hope she's feeling better," Barrett said. "She's the No. 1 seed. She's the defending champion. She's won the last four Grand Slams. She's 11 and 0 this year. As a tournament director, yeah, I'm concerned."

Serena, 21, was supposed to appear alongside her sister to promote an Internet auction they are holding to benefit the Tom Joyner Foundation. Venus, 22, appeared at the podium alone. At one point, she looked over her shoulder at a cardboard promotional picture of Serena for Doublemint gum and said, "There she is. She's not too talkative."

Later, when Venus was asked why Serena couldn't make it to the news conference, she squirmed in her seat and said, "She just wasn't able to make it."

Copyright © 2003, The Palm Beach Post. All rights reserved.

nikita771
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:39 PM
Oh no....I hope that she recovers by tonight - at least enough to pull out the win.

Dava
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:41 PM
Yeah I hope Rena recovers, cos I want another KIM AND RENA CLASH!!! Why are we always denied, well Scottsdale anyway!!!

BritBoy
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:41 PM
Hope Serena gets well soon ;)

GrahamD
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:49 PM
It wouldn't surprise me if Daniela caught it. Something seriously not right with a collapse of 11 games lost in a row.

As I said in another post before anyone flames me, I hold my hands up and say well played to Molik, but something is not right here.

Gowza
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:52 PM
if i was serena i probably wouldn't play because she is on such a winning streak that she doesn't want to give away that mental advantage of not being able to be beaten. and if she plays tonight but is still sick and has to pull out later in the tournament then it isn't worth playing tonight.

aisha
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:29 PM
If it's worse than I think it is then she should withdraw. I don't want her to go out like Safin did last week. :sad: On the other hand, if it's a 24 hour bug, it would be such a testament of her dominance if she played thru her illness and won the darn thing. Decisions, Decisions. :)

Leena
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:04 PM
This sucks. :sad:

I want Serena healthy by the 4th round.

Chance
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:11 PM
come on Serena- you've got about an hour please be well.

selesfan
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:14 PM
:sad:

fammmmedspin
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:39 PM
Francesca must be watching her favourite Conchita tapes for inspiration even as we write.......

LeonHart
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:35 AM
If serena loses to Kim its because of the virus ok? :)

Martian Stacey
Mar 22nd, 2003, 03:12 AM
I'm sure she'll be fine

Experimentee
Mar 22nd, 2003, 06:01 AM
I hope she'll be ok, and if shes not i hope she has the sense to pull out and not let what happened to Marat happen to her. :sad:

sperosgeorgejr
Mar 22nd, 2003, 07:31 AM
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/tennis/5453841.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Posted on Sat, Mar. 22, 2003

Ailing Serena pulls out victory

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@herald.com

The NASDAQ-100 Open almost lost one queasy top seed Friday night.

Serena Williams, battling a stomach bug, fought her way to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italian qualifier Francesca Schiavone.

Williams spent most of Thursday and Friday in bed and considered withdrawing as late as two hours before the match.

She was visibly ill during the match, but repeatedly took deep breaths and found the energy to shut down Schiavone.

''I couldn't even walk [Thursday], I was so sick,'' Williams said.

"It was horrible. I wasn't sure I'd be able to go out there. I didn't even hit balls until 6 o'clock before the match and I decided to give it a try. But I don't know where I got the energy. I think it must be energy I stored away years and years ago.''

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Rae Q.
Mar 22nd, 2003, 01:21 PM
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/tennis/5453841.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

Posted on Sat, Mar. 22, 2003

Ailing Serena pulls out victory

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@herald.com

The NASDAQ-100 Open almost lost one queasy top seed Friday night.

Serena Williams, battling a stomach bug, fought her way to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italian qualifier Francesca Schiavone.

Williams spent most of Thursday and Friday in bed and considered withdrawing as late as two hours before the match.

She was visibly ill during the match, but repeatedly took deep breaths and found the energy to shut down Schiavone.

''I couldn't even walk [Thursday], I was so sick,'' Williams said.

"It was horrible. I wasn't sure I'd be able to go out there. I didn't even hit balls until 6 o'clock before the match and I decided to give it a try. But I don't know where I got the energy. I think it must be energy I stored away years and years ago.''

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Kim_for_number_1
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:09 PM
serena :worship:
get well soon!!!!!

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:45 PM
whew....i had no idea :)

keep going girl :D

bbypk
Mar 22nd, 2003, 02:59 PM
If Serena doesnt play at 100%, she has to withdraw.. She wants to win all matches and if she plays at 70%, other can beat her.

FromAce2Ace
Mar 22nd, 2003, 04:56 PM
a 70% Serena is still better than most the girl outside the top-2. lol.
If a sick Serena can beat Schiane that lead in both set against Kim last week, what does that tell you?
There is no problem in the horizon.
Even a 50% Serena is still da Best!!

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