Feb 26th, 2004, 07:29 AM
GO VENUS! Win your 4th Miami title!
Feb 26th, 2004, 07:29 AM
GO VENUS! Win your 4th Miami title!
Feb 26th, 2004, 08:04 AM
She only has the 4th round from last year, she has a lot to gain and come back to the top 10!
Vamos Venus! :wavey:
Feb 27th, 2004, 02:48 AM
Go Vee!!! show everyone that you're back right here in the states :)
Feb 27th, 2004, 04:47 AM
Come on Vee! WIN WIN WIN!
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:00 AM
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:15 AM
You Rock Venus :bounce:
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:16 AM
Go Venus! You know, the early start has just been that, an early start and we all know where Venus is at and so does she. It will only go up from here :)
Feb 28th, 2004, 08:17 AM
I think this thread is a great idea :)
I just hope Venus takes it easy and rests up. And of course gets some practice time in.
Miami has always been a good tournament for her so hopefully she will come back strong there.
Feb 28th, 2004, 02:38 PM
Williams has won just four matches in three tournaments this year.
She expects to be back to her peak when she plays at
the Nasdaq Open in Miami starting on March 22.
"She played well, and I just feel like now is the
time if you want to get me, you should.
By the time I get to Nasdaq that
time will be over."
Mar 1st, 2004, 07:40 AM
Come on Venus! WIN WIN WIN!
Mar 1st, 2004, 08:08 PM
Keep supportin' the Queen Fans!
Mar 1st, 2004, 08:09 PM
97: Hingis def. :o
98: def. Kournikova 2-6 6-4 6-1 in FINAL
99 def. S. Williams 6-1 4-6 6-4 in FINAL
00: injured, DNP
01: def. Capriati 4-6 6-1 7-6 in FINAL (saving 8 match points)
02: Serena def. :fiery:
03: Shaughnessy def. :sad:
Mar 1st, 2004, 09:09 PM
Lets Go V!
Mar 1st, 2004, 10:25 PM
Venus Fans: Don't forget to check out and support Venus in the Family Circle Cup forum as well!
We need to support her at all the events she plays this year!
Mar 2nd, 2004, 09:13 PM
Come on Venus!
Holla fellow Vee fans!
Mar 3rd, 2004, 07:42 AM
Mar 3rd, 2004, 11:35 AM
!~!GO VENUS, QUEEN OF WTA TOUR TENNIS!~!
:bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
QUEEN OF MIAMI WILL WIN AGAIN, TITLE #4!
:kiss: :hearts: :cool: :bowdown: :dance: :woohoo: :drive: :banana: :armed: :tennis: :yippee: :yeah: :hug: :clap2:
VENUS, PLEASE WIN GIRL, I CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE LOSSES...:sad:
Mar 3rd, 2004, 11:36 AM
Don't worry TIL09, and the other die hard Venus fans who can't sleep when she loses, and cry when she loses. She will be back, better then ever to silence all!
Mar 3rd, 2004, 08:32 PM
I love the pics! Venus owns Miami! Come on girl! Silence the haters!
Mar 4th, 2004, 01:00 AM
Go Venus, Win Another Title Girl!
Mar 4th, 2004, 04:38 AM
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:15 AM
I wish it would say "Welcome to the Venus show!!"
We need picks of Richard's "It's Venus' Party and No one Was Invited!" Cause that's what Miami will be!
BTW: everyone rate this thread 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 4th, 2004, 07:15 AM
LOL..."picks", I meants "pics" :lol: :o
Mar 5th, 2004, 06:57 AM
Go Venus, Go Venus! I love those flashback pix.
Mar 5th, 2004, 08:52 PM
Mar 7th, 2004, 12:34 AM
Let's go Venus! Kick ass!
Mar 7th, 2004, 06:33 PM
Do you best Venus!
Mar 7th, 2004, 08:18 PM
We love you and support you. :bounce:
Mar 9th, 2004, 04:51 AM
Come on Vee! Pick up the trophy! It belongs to you!
Mar 10th, 2004, 11:32 AM
My lovely queen Vee, please take this trophy again :mad: , we miss that moments! So show us what you can and do your best!
WIN :bounce: WIN :bounce: and WINNNNNN!!!! :bounce:
Mar 10th, 2004, 11:49 PM
Yea Vee! Win Win Win!
Mar 11th, 2004, 06:39 PM
Good luck Venus!! :hearts:
Mar 12th, 2004, 12:20 AM
Come on Venus! Title #4 is coming!
Mar 12th, 2004, 02:22 AM
Won't this be Venus's 30th title?
I believe she has 29, or maybe 28.
GO VENUS, KICK ASS GIRL, WIN IT!
Mar 12th, 2004, 01:52 PM
She has 28 singles titles!
Go Vee!!! :bounce:
Make it 29 in Miami! :bigclap:
Mar 12th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Come on Venus!
Mar 13th, 2004, 05:28 AM
Alright Venus, Get #29 & the make it 30 in Charleston!
GO VENUS, WIN MIAMI, MAKE MY LIFE HAPPY AGAIN! :banana:
Mar 13th, 2004, 06:36 AM
Mar 13th, 2004, 01:24 PM
Good luck to V in Miami
Mar 14th, 2004, 03:16 AM
Good luck Venus!!!! :bounce:
Mar 14th, 2004, 01:44 PM
Win your 29th title in Miami, Vee!!!!
I love you, good luck!
Mar 15th, 2004, 01:44 AM
Represent Vee! :banana:
Mar 15th, 2004, 05:40 PM
Vamos Vee!!! :wavey:
Mar 17th, 2004, 03:28 AM
Best wishes Venus!
Kick major ass!
Mar 17th, 2004, 02:46 PM
:bowdown: Good Luck My Queen
Thanx for starting the thread TennisIlove09 :hatoff:
:rocker: :banana: :rocker: :banana: :rocker: :banana: :rocker: :banana:
Mar 17th, 2004, 10:47 PM
Come on Venus! Get back into that dominating routine. I can't wait! :)
Mar 18th, 2004, 07:27 AM
Return with power, confidence, and practice.
And do your best
Mar 20th, 2004, 12:54 PM
You are the queen, Vee and you Rule from Miami. GOOOOOOOOOOO VEE :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :worship:
Mar 20th, 2004, 04:41 PM
VENUS! VENUS! VENUS!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE YA! You'll win it all, and show everyone what you are made of! Come on Williams!
Mar 20th, 2004, 08:45 PM
Let's go Vee! I want to see you kick some tennis ass once again! :bounce:
Mar 20th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Lets go Venus!
Mar 21st, 2004, 12:59 AM
Shine like the rating stars of this tread....best of luck to you vee, Hope to see you with that thropy in 2 weeks
Mar 21st, 2004, 02:56 AM
Go Venus! Let's go girl!
Mar 22nd, 2004, 01:49 AM
Mar 22nd, 2004, 10:11 PM
Venus #2 Seed In Main Draw, Sisters Final Looming!
Venus Vs. Jie Zheng/qaulifier In The 2nd Round!
Go Venus, You Are The Queen!
Mar 23rd, 2004, 07:19 AM
Stay calm Venus, and you'll win!
Mar 23rd, 2004, 06:31 PM
Good luck Venus!!
Mar 24th, 2004, 02:45 AM
Come on girl! Win your fourth Miami!
Mar 24th, 2004, 03:02 AM
Lets go Venus!!!! :bounce: :banana:
Mar 24th, 2004, 04:38 PM
I am so exited I can't to see her on court again.
Win this tournament Vee!!! :wavey: :bounce: :wavey:
Mar 25th, 2004, 12:00 AM
VAMOS VAMOS VAMOS
I just want you to win.
Mar 25th, 2004, 01:00 AM
Go Venus, We're So Excited!
Make Us Proud And Win Miami!
Silence All Doubters In One Tournament!
Mar 25th, 2004, 04:09 AM
Silence ALL the haters! Come on girl!
Mar 25th, 2004, 08:05 AM
Come on Queen!!! :wavey:
Mar 25th, 2004, 10:01 AM
A penny for Vee's thoughts ;)
Mar 25th, 2004, 08:58 PM
She looks amazing! I hope she looks that good on court! vamos Vee!
Mar 26th, 2004, 10:12 AM
Mar 26th, 2004, 11:11 PM
Now win the title!
Mar 27th, 2004, 03:44 AM
kick ass tomorrow girl!
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:33 PM
Yea! Vee wins 6-4 6-4! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: She'll have to pick it up...but unlike some other first round victories, Zheng had some power!
Mar 27th, 2004, 08:35 PM
Come on Venus!!!! Step it up!!!! :wavey:
Mar 27th, 2004, 09:50 PM
Venus struggles past China's Zheng while Safin falls
March 27, 2004
KEY BISCAYNE, United States (AFP) - Venus Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/87/) , fighting to find top form after playing few matches in the past eight months, struggled past China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 6-4 at the WTA and ATP Masters Series tournament.
Williams, seeded second despite being ranked only 17th, made six double faults and 23 unforced errors but advanced in 79 minutes to face Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/66/) or Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/99/) in the third round.
Williams, a three-time champion here, missed five months with a strained abdomen after losing to sister Serena in last July's Wimbledon final.
http://us.a1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/a/ic/icon_fitness/030204_cb_lrec.gif (http://rd.yahoo.com/SIG=129pq954n/M=280384.4629020.5804581.1806201/D=sports/S=96058020:LREC/EXP=1080510298/A=2030515/R=0/SIG=116ifc671/*http://www.thecrossbow.com/?BN=11282)She returned at the Australian Open but was ousted by fellow American Lisa Raymond (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/102/) in the third round, then defaulted in the second round at Tokyo and lost a quarter-final last month at Dubai to stand 4-2 in 2004 before playing Zheng.
With Serena and coach-father Richard Williams watching from the stands, Venus Williams squandered 6-of-7 break-point chances in the first set but denied Zheng twice and captured the set with a 95 mph (153 k/hr) ace.
Williams, 23, and Zheng, 20, traded breaks to open the second set. Williams broke Zheng twice more for a 4-1 edge, but then was broken by Zheng at love, handing over the final point with her fifth double fault.
Both held serve to 5-4, Zheng denying Williams on a match point in the ninth game with a forehand winner. Williams then served for the match, double faulting on her second match point before winning when a netcord denied Zheng's backhand volley.
Swiss world number one Roger Federer (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/42/) was scheduled to face Russia's Nikolay Davydenko (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/266/) and fourth seed Andre Agassi (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/17/) was to play Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/14/) in later second-round matches at the 6.5 million-dollar hardcourt event.
Russia's Marat Safin (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/37/), struggling to find confidence after a sluggish comeback after a left wrist injury, lost to American Vince Spadea 7-6 (9/7), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 after two hours and 37 minutes.
Safin fired 15 aces and 51 winners past the hometown hero but swatted a forehand wide on Spadea's second match-point opportunity to fall
Safin, the 2000 US Open champion and 2002 Australian Open runner-up, missed most of last season with the sore wrist, losing his final six matches of the year and stumbling to a weak 8-6 start to the 2004 campaign.
"I have to be more aggressive and more sure, which is the confidence," Safin said. "You have to get into the point and make the shot. You have to have the confidence to make the shot.
"I definitely was not in form to win. I had my chances. I didn't take them."
The only title in Spadea's 14-year ATP career came earlier this month at Scottsdale, Arizona, when he beat Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in the final. That crown contributed to Spadea's latest triumph.
"The win derived from Scottsdale," Spadea said. "I know if I hadn't been aggressive that I wouldn't have won there and it kind of carries over into other matches.
"He's not a player who gives you a lot of room to breathe. To pull it out when he was serving that well, it's great timing after the momentum I had from Scottsdale after all the years I've had."
But with eighth seed David Nalbandian of Argentina withdrawing from the 6.5 million-dollar hardcourt event, 36th-ranked Spadea finds himself ready to go deep again, facing 52nd-ranked Czech Radek Stepanek (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/9/) for a fourth-round berth.
Thailand's ninth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/33/), who could face Spadea in the fourth round, advanced by defeating Spanish qualifier Ricardo Mello 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Paradorn fired seven aces and 22 winners to dispatch Mello in 91 minutes.
Australian 19-year-old wild card Todd Reid (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/309/), ranked 128th, rallied to oust 15th-seeded Dutchman Martin Verkerk (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/267/) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Reid, who reached the Adelaide and Sydney quarter-finals in January, will next meet Argentina's 21st-rated Agustin Calleri (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/349/), who eliminated Germany's Lars Burgsmuller (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/280/) 6-3, 7-5.
Aussie Alicia Molik (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/78/) also rallied to reached the third round, ousting 44th-ranked American Amy Frazier (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/148/) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Molik, ranked 30th, will play for a berth in the round of 16 against 11th seed Silvia Farina Elia (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/98/), who fought off the upset bid of fellow Italian Mara Santangelo 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).
Injuries began taking a toll on a women's field already depleted by the absence of the world's top five players. Serbian 12th seed Jelena Dokic (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/100/) advanced in a walkover when Aussie Nicole Pratt (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/157/) withdrew with a strained abdomen. Argentine lucky loser Gisela Dulko defeated Viktoriya Kutuzova 6-4, 4-1 when the Ukranian retired with right leg tendinitis. Dulko next meets qualifier Vera Douchevina, who eliminated fellow Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/86/) 6-0, 7-5.
Mar 27th, 2004, 09:51 PM
Mar 27th, 2004, 10:14 PM
WTG V nice start now pick it up for the rest of the week.
Mar 27th, 2004, 10:30 PM
Mar 28th, 2004, 12:58 AM
It's start:p what matters is the win:bounce: Now get your FINE black ass in gear:drool: :devil:
Mar 28th, 2004, 07:55 AM
where is that famous wave? Come on Vee, i miss it already... raise that miami trophy for the fourth time!!!!! WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN.....
Mar 28th, 2004, 07:57 AM
sounds like Zheng has a good game... I was reading someone's account of the match and he thought Vee was moving slower, is that true? Wish I had coverage of this tournament.
V. WILLIAMS/J. Zheng
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: First question for Venus Williams, please.
Q. Is it good to get a tougher match like this as your first match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, she was a very good player. She played definitely at a different rhythm than most players; she played very flat and very low. Her serve was a lot slower and lower than what I'm used to. Coupled with the wind, it was different out there.
I felt more than anything I served well. I'd love to be more consistent and, of course, just play always a lot better.
Q. Looked like she had you running at the beginning. She was the aggressor.
VENUS WILLIAMS: She hit some good shots; she really did. I think that I had some points where we both were moving so it was nice.
Q. What was that like, that Spadea-Safin match? You probably thought you might be going on after the second set.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Q. Then it goes to a tiebreak. You're back to waiting. Can you just talk about, what is that like when you're probably itching to go and get your match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I was ready. Then I went, refueled and got ready again.
It was nice, because at this kind of tournament you know it can't go three-out-of-five. That's the end of it. So there's some comfort in that.
But they had a good match. I actually enjoyed it.
Q. You watched some?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I watched some of it.
Q. How much did you know about your opponent before?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Before, I just had no idea who she was. Apparently, she's made quite a rise in the last year. I was kind of out most of last year. I missed -- I see a lot of new faces that I didn't know before. So I'm catching up, too.
Q. How are you feeling physically?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I feel good. Just taking one day at a time and always make sure that I'm careful that I say my prayers.
Q. What was the biggest problem, you had some problems with your abdomen or stomach?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.
Q. Could you talk about that.
VENUS WILLIAMS: That was the biggest problem, but I'd like to think it's behind me. When I'm out there, I am not thinking about my stomach injuries or my pulls or my strains. So that's good. Because earlier in the year, that was an issue, having to play and also thinking about what I had been through in the past. But now that's not even on my mind.
It's a hurdle to get over, but it was good.
Q. How did you feel mentally out there today? Did you feel like you were in it from the beginning?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I always felt confident. I always felt like I was going to win the match, but I did feel a little bit inconsistent. That's definitely what I'm going to work on in my next match.
But sometimes it happens if you don't always play a lot of matches.
Q. At times during the match you seemed a little, like, distracted. Was there anything else going on outside of the match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I didn't feel distracted.
Q. Because of the weather yesterday, there's a certain situation where every match on Stadium Court today has a player who's won a Grand Slam, been No. 1. Does that -- clearly, that's great for the audience, but does that sort of spill over to you guys, too, when you're just all a part of just this kind of all-star lineup?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know (laughing). I never thought of it that way, to be honest.
But I'm very happy to be out on court. I love this court and I love this tournament. I felt support out there today, so that was nice.
Q. You still have an interior design company?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, I do.
Q. How involved are you in that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: As much as I can. But definitely my main task is the tennis, so that's where I spend most of my time, is on the tennis court.
Q. With the interior design company, do you actually design people's homes? Do you have clients?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I pretty much leave it to the designers because they're professional and they're experienced. They know what's happening.
Sometimes, of course, I have ideas, but I definitely like to let them do their best at what they do.
Q. Have you finished the room for Serena, and, if so, what was her reaction to it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: The room?
Q. Weren't you doing her room.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was doing a project for her. It's not done yet, so we'll talk about it after (smiling).
Q. You've got a few matches under your belt now.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm.
Q. Where do you feel like your game is right now?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I feel good, just keep advancing. Definitely, just stay in the tournaments and not, you know, acquire another injury. That's the problem so far, is the injuries. So what I'm trying to do is stay healthy. And as long as I can stay healthy, I can practice, and as long as I practice, I can win matches.
Q. You were away for a while. You've had a few matches. Do you feel like there's still things you're sort of noticing like, "Oh, yeah, I remember what this looks like," or do you feel like you're in a groove?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely feel I can get better, but I've always felt like that, even when I was playing my best.
So I think as a professional athlete and as a competitor, that's just the attitude I have all the time. I'm always trying to get better. I never stop.
Q. How tired are you of people asking if tennis is your No. 1 focus?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's quite strange. I never let on that impression. You go off and get injured, and people start to think that maybe you aren't interested. The truth of the matter is I was injured.
Q. Did you have to make any adjustments with Zjeng, the way she was playing sort of starting out, in order to kind of turn it? What did you have to do?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I had a slow start, I thought. But I think today my serve really helped me to win the match. I did miss some easy shots, but I think I just maybe rushed a little bit so I tried to correct that.
And she was really compact and low to the ground. I noticed the longer we got in the rallies, the lower she kept hitting the ball, and the lower it got the tougher it was for me to raise it up and hit an effective shot. When I hit a slower ball, she did her best to try to attack it.
It was an interesting game. I enjoyed it. I was just competing the whole time. I felt confident I would win the match.
Q. In the second set it seemed like you had put her away early on and then she fought back. Did you let up or did she just make big shots?
VENUS WILLIAMS: She's definitely a fighter, that's for sure. You could see that. She's had apparently a really good rise. But I also think I did make some errors there, especially for a couple of games from 4-1 to 4-3 I made a few errors.
But I think what I wanted to do was try and go for more and whenever I get up, I do try to go for more and just keep playing better and raising it up to the next level. But it kind of backfired and I missed a few more, so I'll try not to do that (laughing).
Q. Not having played that much, or having had a long break, did it make you hungrier at all? How did it affect your mind frame?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I just, you know, I feel like the same person, the same player. I just think it will only be a matter of time before I get the same results. That time could be this week also, is how I feel.
Q. Do you try not to look at the ranking? For some people, they'd kill for 17. For you, it seems low.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I didn't even know it was 17. I thought I was outside of the Top 20. When they said that, I was like, "Yes!" In comparison, I played -- I have about five tournaments in my record. It's a pretty good ranking for that number of tournaments.
So it's not so bad. Even when I first started out, I really, really paid attention to the rankings. I was counting points. But after a while, it was more or less my performance in the tournament and getting, hopefully, a victory in the tournament, not what the ranking was all about.
Q. Also, do you like when your family is here, watching you? What's that like?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I can hear them out there when I'm on the court. I can hear them, "Come on, come on," even if I miss a shot or feel bad about the mistake or even slightly embarrassed about a silly error, I feel my family out there rooting me on. So that's nice.
Q. Tommy Haas was saying the hardest part for him in getting back from his injury is he keeps comparing himself now to that player that he was before he was injured and it's hard, because he feels like he's not measuring up as quickly as he'd like. Can you relate to that at all? Have you had some of the same feelings?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I suppose we have a little bit of a different mind frame. I feel like the same player, and I just maybe have a disposition, but I feel like still the best player. So that's just how I think. I think that's how I was taught to think, right, mom (laughter)? Hey, that's how I am.
But I definitely think the whole thing for me is to be consistent.
Q. Have you been able to give Serena any advice about coming back, since you got a little bit of a head start on her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really. We always encourage each other, but not anything in particular, no.
Q. What is your -- what are your plans, as far as tournaments go after this one?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I'm going to play in Charleston, the Family Circle Cup, then I'm going to play Fed Cup, then Warsaw and Berlin and the French Open.
Q. Do you feel you could win the whole thing, this whole thing? Or do you just take it one match at a time, see how it goes? Do you aim to try to win the whole thing? Can you do that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: That's a good question because I'm really interested in winning the whole thing, and that's always where I set my goal. I really would just like to win, to sum it up.
But if I can, I will have to definitely improve on my game today.
Q. You won here before. Was that very memorable? Do you have good memories?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I love winning. Yes, it was very memorable. It's been a few years now since I've won this event. But Serena's won the last couple years so someone can mix her name up with mine and never know the difference because I get called Serena all the time; it's fine with me (smiling).
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Mar 28th, 2004, 08:40 AM
I love her. I love reading her interviews. She's just so aware.
Mar 28th, 2004, 03:43 PM
Her interviews are always a treat!
Just another reason to love her! :)
Good luck against Hantuchova!
Go Venus!!! :bounce:
Mar 28th, 2004, 06:55 PM
Venus Eager to Triumph Venus eager to triumph
By Cynthia Faulkner
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Hunger. It's the thing that has always separated the Williams sisters from the rest of the pack. Despite concerns that they sometimes lack focus on tennis, they've both always wanted to win.
On Saturday, after a straight-sets opening-round victory, Venus Williams was asked if her injury layoff caused her to be hungrier.
"I feel like the same person, the same player," Venus said. "I just think it will only be a matter of time before I get the same results. That time could be this week, also, is how I feel."
It's actually hard for anyone who saw her lose the final at Wimbledon to think she doesn't want to win. She wanted that Slam. She wanted it badly.
Baby sis had taken over the game leaving Venus in a funk after the 2002 U.S. Open. Then she went to the 2003 Australian Open and although she was happy for Serena to make history there by winning four majors in a row, once again, Venus finished second.
She fell in the fourth round of the 2003 French Open -- but clay isn't the best surface for Venus' quick game. Her chance should come on the grass. Then injury struck. She just couldn't play properly after aggravating an abdominal injury from earlier in the year. After the last ball was struck at Wimbledon until January of this year, she didn't compete.
Though some wondered if she would ever come back, Venus said it was never an option.
"It's quite strange," Venus said. "I never let on that impression. You go off and get injured, and people start to think that maybe you aren't interested. The truth of the matter is, I was injured."
Usually, when Venus begins a tournament she starts out a bit rusty and raises the level of her game as needed. After being down 3-4 in the first set against China's Jie Zheng, she won 6-4, 6-4. But this time, elevating her game wasn't as easy.
"What I wanted to do was try and go for more and whenever I get up, I do try to go for more and just keep playing better and raising it up to the next level. But it kind of backfired and I missed a few more, so I'll try not to do that," she said, laughing.
It's also not easy when you've never seen your opponent before.
"I see a lot of new faces that I didn't know before," Venus said. "So, I'm catching up.
It was only her eighth match since returning. She hasn't managed to get past the quarterfinals since returning. She says she's not worried about improving, she thinks time will get her there. More worrisome is the possibility of facing injury again.
But she has a support system here. Besides her sister, both parents are at the tournament. The whole family is ready to cheer her on.
"I can hear them: 'Come on, come on,'" she said, "even if I miss a shot or feel bad about the mistake or even slightly embarrassed about a silly error, I feel my family out there rooting me on."
And she's ready to take it all. In the past six years, someone named Williams has won this tournament five of those years. Unfortunately for Venus, most recently it was Serena.
"It's been a few years now since I've won this event," she said. "But Serena's won the last couple of years, so someone can mix her name up with mine and never know the difference because I get called Serena all the time. It's fine with me."
Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis editor for ESPN.com.
Mar 28th, 2004, 09:49 PM
Kick ass against Dani, Venus.
Mar 28th, 2004, 10:55 PM
I won´t be here following the scores, so Good luck Vee! :wavey:
Mar 29th, 2004, 07:25 AM
Venus wins! 7-6(7-0) 6-2
I love that she took complete control in the tiebreak!
Mar 29th, 2004, 07:26 AM
V. WILLIAMS/D. Hantuchova
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. I'm doing a story on momentum. In terms of you building momentum this year, because you haven't had so much, this match, where the first set you got through a tight one then the second set you got to run away with it, if you build on this tomorrow, do you think you're getting going?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I have to build on it. I think my returns helped me out today. They were real tough yesterday.
But as far as momentum, I think I just kept getting it today in the match. It's something that you do build on throughout the year and throughout the tournament and throughout the match. So, yeah, it's an important factor.
Q. You're playing someone like Schiavone next, who ideally would be the opponent you'd build momentum against, but she has a different style, is that going to be difficult for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It will be a different style because Daniela, she has the ability to press the point and to hit winners, where against Schiavone, maybe her strength is more or less to get a lot of balls back, try to frustrate you.
So if anything against Schiavone, I'll have a lot more time to do exactly what I want to do.
Q. When you're playing at your peak, do you just have that automatic sense of when the key points are and what to do? Or tonight, for example, are you trying to figure out what to do?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, really I was just making mistakes and probably pressing too hard. I really wanted to win. She really wanted to win (laughing).
So it was interesting, at least that part, to see how motivated she was. So I was like, "Pick it up, pick it up."
Q. Good tennis?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it was good tennis. Even in the second set there was good tennis but I just kept winning the points. Yeah, I started to feel good and I think it was tough for her because a lot of the shots maybe I was missing early in the second I stopped missing.
I was able to cover the court well, and she was, too. So that was good. I think if she plays like that, she's going to win a lot more matches for sure.
Q. How did you feel sort of mentally and physically versus yesterday?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Mentally, I felt better. Tried to be more clear going into the match. Yesterday I knew what I did wrong. But yesterday was more windy and I played quite a different player yesterday. So today was possibly a bit easier because I was kind of warmed up and better into it and things like that.
Q. Yesterday sort of helped?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, definitely.
Q. In terms of adjusting your game for tonight, how did you turn the tables?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just the errors, I had to stop the errors. I think even today I was hitting some really good shots. Then she would hit one in the corner and she had me a lot on the defense.
But even with that, I'm a good player on the defense because I can hit a lot of shots that are still very forcive when I'm on the defense. So I think that helped a lot.
But she played good. I was just trying to make sure I had an answer for everything.
Q. How close did you feel today to the zone of your best tennis?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not close. I'm never happy. I think that I started definitely doing the things I'm used to doing, which is playing well and having an answer for each shot my opponent has and really just competing well. And that was nice. But I just always felt like, "I got to pick it up, I got to do better." So tomorrow hopefully I'll even do more.
Mar 29th, 2004, 07:28 AM
Mar 29th, 2004, 10:34 AM
Mar 29th, 2004, 02:33 PM
The first set was a struggle but she showed her mental fortitude
and dominated the tie-break! Then, she raised her game to another level!
Great match for Vee! :bounce:
Good Luck against Schiavone! :wavey:
Mar 29th, 2004, 02:57 PM
Hey Venus....your star always shines the brightest in my eyes..very nice win! good luck against Schiavone
Mar 29th, 2004, 03:57 PM
Mar 30th, 2004, 01:54 AM
keep going Venus :hearts: :worship:
Mar 30th, 2004, 01:59 AM
Does anyone know if she or Serena is wearing makup or not cuz they look ultra glamourous :hearts:
Mar 30th, 2004, 04:33 AM
Great win against Schiavone!:bigclap:
That 1st set was awesome! :worship:
Rest up and get some practice for Wednesday! :kiss:
Good Luck against Dementieva! :wavey:
Mar 30th, 2004, 05:00 AM
VAMOS Venus! This is your title to win!
Mar 30th, 2004, 10:17 AM
new outfit... I saw this outfit back in September -a model was it wearing it...was waiting for Vee to wear it
Mar 30th, 2004, 10:20 AM
Amazing and classy outfit:eek: :hearts: GO VENUS!
Mar 30th, 2004, 10:29 AM
Venus def Francesca Schiavone
Match Summary Schiavone Williams
1st Serve %46%55% Aces 0 3
Double Faults3 2
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts.11 of 22 = 50% 23 of 30 = 77%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts.11 of 26 = 42% 13 of 25 = 52%
Winners (including service)11 17
Unforced Errors 16 15
Break Point Conversions1 of 6 = 17 % 5 of 9 = 56 %
Net Approaches 7 of 9 = 78% 14 of 18 = 78%
Total Points Won 41 62
Fastest Match Serve Speed111 MPH111
MPHAverage Match Serve Speed 98 MPH 104 MPH
Mar 30th, 2004, 11:15 AM
It's lovely, I love it!
And Venus looks sooo GREAT!
I don't think I've ever seen her happier! KEEP GOING VENUS!
She plays Dementieva next, remember their close match in 2002?
Mar 30th, 2004, 12:13 PM
Go Venus well done.
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:03 AM
She looks AMAZING. I love her so much.
Good luck against Dementieva
Mar 31st, 2004, 02:14 AM
Venus looks absolutly AMAZING! OMG I LOVE HER
GO VENUS KEEP GOING GIRL
Mar 31st, 2004, 03:23 AM
Venus..you are a sweetie and you look perfect...Richard if you ever read this board, please stick with Venus; she seems much more relaxed and happier when you are around and play so much better..thank you for the great job you do with her...I can tell you are a great father and coach.
Mar 31st, 2004, 05:48 AM
Good luck with Dementieva, Venus. Keep your head on straight, and you'll be fine.
Mar 31st, 2004, 07:41 AM
She really looks amazing on those pics! :worship:
Vamos Venus!!! :yeah:
Mar 31st, 2004, 08:19 AM
Go Queen Vee! :D :bounce:
Go get that title! :hug:
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:16 PM
Good luck Venus.
Mar 31st, 2004, 01:20 PM
Good luck Vee :bounce: :kiss: :hearts: :drool:
Mar 31st, 2004, 09:36 PM
Venus loses in the quarters in a tight three setter she should have won. I hope she takes this time to regroup and not let it shake her confidence. The major problem I saw in this match was inconsistency from Venus her serve would be great one minute and then abandon her like when she was serving for the match and when she was up 3-1 or she would make a stupid error after a great point hopefully getting a few more matches under her belt will help and she will do better at the Family Circle Cup.
Mar 31st, 2004, 09:37 PM
Wish Venus had won but she gave a good showing and effort. Better luck next time. Go Venus and be the champion you know you are!
Apr 2nd, 2004, 10:21 AM
Next Up Family Circle Cup- Keep on Practicing VEE!