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lizchris
Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:20 PM
Only one Williams left as women head to quarterfinals
The Associated Press
Jun 2 2003 4:16PM

PARIS (AP) - It's been quite some time since only one Williams sibling was left to uphold the family honor in the late stages of a Grand Slam tournament.

Now, after Venus Williams' earliest loss at a major in two years, younger sister Serena faces a potentially tough match Tuesday against Amelie Mauresmo - who's trying to uphold a nation's honor as the last of 33 French men and women in the tournament.

The fifth-ranked Mauresmo is the only player with victories over both sisters this year.

``You've really got to try and get your head clear of all the media hype around the Williamses,'' Mauresmo said, ``and realize that these are not players from outer space.''

That shapes up as the most intriguing quarterfinal, although Russian fans have one all to themselves between Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova. They were childhood rivals more than a decade ago in Moscow and advanced Sunday with three-set upsets: Zvonareva over Venus Williams, Petrova over 2001 champion Jennifer Capriati.

The other matchups are 2001 runner-up Kim Clijsters vs. 2000 runner-up Conchita Martinez, and Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. Chanda Rubin. The men's quarterfinals Tuesday: 1999 champion Andre Agassi vs. Guillermo Coria, and 1998 champion Carlos Moya vs. qualifier Martin Verkerk.

French state TV promoted its broadcast of Williams-Mauresmo with ads Monday that blared the theme from ``Rocky.''(I think that is a little much)

Many watching will wonder: Can someone other than a Williams win a major?

``I just think the players are trying to get someone else to win a Slam,'' Lindsay Davenport said. ``I mean, it's not only Serena. She and her sister have so many - I don't even know what their record is. It seems like they've taken so many titles.''

Well, for the record, one sister or the other has captured eight of the past 11 Grand Slam titles, with five all-Williams championship matches. A successful defense at Roland Garros would make Serena the first player with five consecutive major trophies since Steffi Graf in 1988-89.

Martina Navratilova, for one, thinks the gap between the Williams duo and the rest of the circuit is shrinking.

``That aura of invincibility they had has definitely shrunk,'' Navratilova said. ``I feel it in the locker room, just the way the players are talking. And I think you can see by how they're playing now against them. It's not: 'Oh, my God. I hope I don't get wiped off the court 6-1, 6-1.' It's: 'I have a chance here.'''

That could be, but Serena still strides on court with the confidence befitting someone who has won 32 straight Grand Slam matches and is 34-2 with four titles overall this season.

She thinks the only player who can beat her is ... herself.

``It's been that way for a couple of years now,'' she said. ``Whenever I lose, it's not because the girl I lost to just played an outstanding match. It's normally because I'm making 80 errors, and just not doing the things I need to do.''

Venus, though, is far from the dominant player who won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open twice each and took over at No. 1 early last year.

First, she slipped to No. 2 in her own home, then to No. 3 in the WTA Tour rankings, and she could fall as far as No. 5 by next week.

Venus hasn't been as low as No. 4 since November 2001, or No. 5 since July 2000.

``I feel like there isn't always a time where things can be 100 percent, and for a couple of years, I had 100 percent a lot of the time,'' she said. ``But when you lose, and when you have tougher times, it makes you stronger and moves you forward. And I still feel that I'm doing those things.''

Navratilova suggested Venus should get a new coach if she wants to overtake Serena. And the owner of 18 major singles titles also wondered aloud about how much fight Venus has left.

``I don't know how motivated she is,'' Navratilova said. ``I don't know how badly she wants to keep playing, how long she wants to keep playing.''

06/02/03 16:14 EDT

Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 2nd, 2003, 10:29 PM
shes right about that new coach angle. I wouldn't want my coach helping a player I was trying to overtake. Thats just messy imo.

jenny161185
Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:06 AM
Do you guys think Navratilova likes the sisters Im never too sure with her? I agree though the gap is closing but not enough yet, there is still a large gap

lizchris
Jun 3rd, 2003, 01:47 AM
Do you guys think Navratilova likes the sisters Im never too sure with her? I agree though the gap is closing but not enough yet, there is still a large gap

Martina N. has had a love/frustration relationship with the Williams family. She definitely doesn't care for Richard, after what he did at Wimbeldon in 2000 when Venus won, but she (and most of the tennis establishement) love Oracene, mainly, I think, because she rarely takls to the press. She believes that Venus and Serena haven't utilized ther potential beasue she believes they are the best women's tennis players in America, if not the world and could be better if they fixed the problems in yheir games. She believes that Serena is more receptive to that type of consructive cirticism and that is why Serena is where she is today (and why she agreed to playe doubles with her when they played in the same tournament in Asia last year). She also criticizd them for continuing their education becasue she felt they were wasting their best years in tennis by going to school. I don't have a problem with what Martina said about Venus because she is brutally honest and correct and Venus I think realized this and that is why she is going to commit to more tournaments and possibly seek outside help. Serena goes to the Bolleteri Academy (they were there as teenagers) from time to time to work on her game; maybe she shoudl take Venus with her the next time she goes.

WtaTour4Ever
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:31 AM
Of course they are its only been 100,000 years since they had a french player win. I know Pierce won, but I get the feeling that doesn't count for many.

lizchris
Jun 3rd, 2003, 02:53 AM
Of course they are its only been 100,000 years since they had a french player win. I know Pierce won, but I get the feeling that doesn't count for many.

It doesn't count for some people because she was not born and raised in Franch. The last time a woman who was born and raised in France to win the French Open was in 1967. Mary Pierce was born in Canada, is allowed to play for France because her mother is French, but she lives full time in Florida.

WtaTour4Ever
Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:58 AM
Oh, thx for the explanation, I thought it was b/c she was only half french.

tennisvideos
Jun 3rd, 2003, 05:21 AM
Well we certainly can't blame them for being desperate. I would love it if an Aussie could win the Aussie Open too. Totally understandable.

And a good chance for me to mention that the last true Frenchwoman to win at Roland Garros was the legendary Francoise Durr, who, by the way, is being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year. For those who don't know, Frankie was perhaps one of the most unorthodox players in the history of the game. She has a powder puff serve (that never registered on speed guns - it was so slow) and used to play with her forefinger up the shaft of the handle on all her shots.... including her extraordinary backhand - which was played with a very floppy wrist.

darren cahill
Jun 3rd, 2003, 10:42 AM
Well we certainly can't blame them for being desperate. I would love it if an Aussie could win the Aussie Open too. Totally understandable.

And a good chance for me to mention that the last true Frenchwoman to win at Roland Garros was the legendary Francoise Durr, who, by the way, is being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year. For those who don't know, Frankie was perhaps one of the most unorthodox players in the history of the game. She has a powder puff serve (that never registered on speed guns - it was so slow) and used to play with her forefinger up the shaft of the handle on all her shots.... including her extraordinary backhand - which was played with a very floppy wrist.


Oh my goodness! the great Scurvy durr! :devil:

Caoimhe
Jun 3rd, 2003, 10:49 AM
It's not just the French that want Amelie to win.

lizchris
Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:57 PM
I don't want to gloat, but I said that all this hype was going to make Amelie nervous and lose her match against Serena and I was correct. I didn't think Serena would humiliate her though.

hinquit
Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:20 PM
Martina N. has had a love/frustration relationship with the Williams family. She definitely doesn't care for Richard, after what he did at Wimbeldon in 2000 when Venus won, but she (and most of the tennis establishement) love Oracene, mainly, I think, because she rarely takls to the press. She believes that Venus and Serena haven't utilized ther potential beasue she believes they are the best women's tennis players in America, if not the world and could be better if they fixed the problems in yheir games. She believes that Serena is more receptive to that type of consructive cirticism and that is why Serena is where she is today (and why she agreed to playe doubles with her when they played in the same tournament in Asia last year). She also criticizd them for continuing their education becasue she felt they were wasting their best years in tennis by going to school. I don't have a problem with what Martina said about Venus because she is brutally honest and correct and Venus I think realized this and that is why she is going to commit to more tournaments and possibly seek outside help. Serena goes to the Bolleteri Academy (they were there as teenagers) from time to time to work on her game; maybe she shoudl take Venus with her the next time she goes.


Richard never did anything Wimbledom 2000. Anyone who believes
this including navratilova herself is a nut. Venus won plain and square.