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tennisIlove09
Jan 6th, 2005, 04:32 PM
Defending champion Venus Williams wins opening match
January 6, 2005

HONG KONG (AP) -- Venus Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/87/) struggled to beat Russia's Vera Zvonareva (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/153/) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Thursday in the Champions Challenge exhibition tournament.

``It was an up and down match as far as the amount of errors,'' Williams said. ``When I was down I was making a lot more errors. I was really trying to take control ... it takes a bit of time sometimes to get your rhythm and groove.''

Williams led 3-0 in the third set before suffering a lapse of concentration against Zvonareva, who reeled off five straight games to lead 5-3. Zvonareva only needed to hold serve to win the match, but Williams regained control and won the match after the Russian doubled faulted. Williams, whose season last year was cut short by injuries, played with a wrap around her left thigh but said it was just a protective measure. Williams plays U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/151/) in Friday's match that will determine who advances to Saturday's final. Elena Dementieva (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/89/) reached the final when Czech star Nicole Vaidisova (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/966/) withdrew Thursday due to illness.

Anna F'd Enrique
Jan 6th, 2005, 04:47 PM
ew not impressive Venus.....ay ay ay. At least she won.

davidmario
Jan 6th, 2005, 04:55 PM
ew not impressive Venus.....ay ay ay. At least she won.
Well done Venus, you beat Zvonareva higher than some other Top players like Myskina etc :worship:

Sportfan
Jan 6th, 2005, 04:57 PM
Go Vee you toughed it out and won. Good luck against Svetlana.