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spartanchris
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:22 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/thumbs/t_vwilliams_0112.jpg (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/photos/imagepages/2006-01-12/200601121137046160034.html)http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/thumbs/t_hingis_0112.jpg (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/photos/imagepages/2006-01-12/200601121137046775927.html)http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/thumbs/t_swilliams_0112.jpg (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/photos/imagepages/2006-01-12/200601121137046545117.html)Venus Welcomes Hingis Back

by Scott Spits
Thursday, 12 January, 2006



The return to the tennis circuit by three-time winner Martina Hingis at Australian Open 2006 is bound to be one of the highlights of the tournament. Even some of her former foes are excited by the end of the Hingis Hiatus.

Not only was Hingis the undisputed Queen of Melbourne Park, but she won her first Australian Open title as a 16-year-old and participated in six straight finals. All of a sudden she was off the tennis radar, the victim of persistent and chronic injuries.

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, one of Hingis's greatest foes over the past decade, warmly welcomed the return of the Swiss champion.

"I'm really happy for her," the world No.10 said on the eve of the Australian Open.

"I think that it was the right decision and I think that you have to live your dreams. That was her dream to come back. More power to her for having the courage and putting the work in to prepare.

"I think she's a role model for any person who wants to live up to their dreams."

But, Venus, can the five-time Grand Slam winner still be a force after three years off the circuit?

"I think that as long as you work hard and do the right things, you can do anything. The sky is the limit for any player out there, as long as you're doing it right.

"She has just as much chance as all of us in the top ten, or the top 100, or the top 1000."

The battle for the women's singles crown at Melbourne Park is sure to be hotly contested as the field may feature up to eight former world No.1s, including current numero uno Lindsay Davenport, Venus and Serena Williams, Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Hingis.

Venus Williams knows this year's tournament will be as difficult as any other Grand Slam event, as the 25-year-old strives for her first Australian Open title.

"There's no such thing as an open tournament. There's no given matches, there's no given points," Venus said bluntly.

"I've always worked very hard for it (my success). I don't see the draw as open. I just see it as something I have to work through."

Younger sister Serena, the defending champion, enters the tournament under a slight injury cloud after being troubled by a swollen and inflamed knee.

Venus was reluctant to speak in detail about her 24-year-old sibling, but confirmed that Serena would strive for a third Australian Open title with typical determination.

"I usually don't like to speak about Serena. I usually let Serena speak for Serena! I can say that she's in good spirits.

"Obviously I think she would have liked to have had no injury going into the tournament, and to be perfectly healthy.

"I think she'll be OK for the event and that's my hypothesis."

But what about Serena's overall fitness after an injury-plagued 2005?

"I wish she was here and I could like ask her!" Venus replied.

"It's not exactly that we talk about like 'Serena, how is your fitness before the tournament?'

"We talk about like gossip, guys and all those kinds of things. We let you guys talk about the other stuff.

"I think she's going to be OK. Obviously she's an amazing competitor, more than anything else.

"Even if she's not 100 per cent she can just bank on her ability to compete, just her determination."

As for her own preparation, Venus said she was slowly increasing her work ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2006.

"I'm out there training every day and getting used to the court surface and just feeling good basically.

"I'm just taking it slow and not pushing too hard. Hopefully I gradually build up and try to peak for the final, and try and get to the final!"




I think Venus showed alot of respect for Hingis here. Hopefully this AO is fun and exciting:bounce:

Ryan
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:25 PM
:worship: Super classy comments from Venus.

Grachka
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:28 PM
Nice.

aholloway
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:33 PM
Great interview, great champion, awesome woman! How can you dislike her?

tennisjam
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:35 PM
Nice :)

Paneru
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:44 PM
Not surprising, Venus isn't in the
business of raining on others aspirations.

Nice article.

vwfan
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:51 PM
classy and sharp as always!

R. Federer
Jan 12th, 2006, 02:57 PM
The Williams sisters are always extremely gracious and generous in comments (and in defeat) -- people don't realize this often and focus on other things about them. But the sisters are very well raised women

Infiniti2001
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:01 PM
classy and sharp as always!


Indeed!! Venus has always been the soul of diplomacy throughout her career :worship: :worship:

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Nice Venus :D

Now win the damn thing ;)

dreamgoddess099
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:19 PM
The Williams sisters are always extremely gracious and generous in comments (and in defeat) -- people don't realize this often and focus on other things about them. But the sisters are very well raised women
I agree, they are masters at dodging tricky questions. You will never hear them say anything petty about another player.

RAA
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:24 PM
venus always does such a fantastic job in interviews.

Tennisaddict
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Great to read she's feeling good and thus healthy. I so hope she'll win her first AO title.

Martyś
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:33 PM
Great interview by Venus. It's not a suprise. She is so good in that. Hopefully she will do well at the Australian Open. Best luck for her. :)

harloo
Jan 12th, 2006, 03:35 PM
Classy comments as usual.

Please Venus get to the final and win. I'm going to be on pins and needles during the AO, don't give me a heart attack.:lol:

Bounty Hunter
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:09 PM
Very nice from Venus!!

This made me :) "We talk about like gossip, guys and all those kinds of things. We let you guys talk about the other stuff.

igost
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:10 PM
nice interview

good luck in AO

Kworb
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:22 PM
I wish she was here and I could like ask her!" Venus replied.

"It's not exactly that we talk about like 'Serena, how is your fitness before the tournament?'

"We talk about like gossip, guys and all those kinds of things. We let you guys talk about the other stuff.
:lol: Venus is so funny

TonyP
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:24 PM
Very nice comments from Venus. Thanks for her kind words about Martina.

Princess Fiona
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:28 PM
Some very nice words there from Venus. :)

Good luck to Venus in the Australian Open! :)

iine:
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:32 PM
Cool Venus :yeah:

Kunal
Jan 12th, 2006, 04:42 PM
nice stuff venus

SJW
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:04 PM
The Williams sisters are always extremely gracious and generous in comments (and in defeat) -- people don't realize this often and focus on other things about them. But the sisters are very well raised women

i agree. they never engage in bitching about the competition, like some other top players i could mention :)

Ryan
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:09 PM
i agree. they never engage in bitching about the competition, like some other top players i could mention :)


:yawn: Good one.

volta
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:17 PM
Very nice from Venus!!

This made me :)
yeah :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

LefandePatty
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Vee :yeah:

AsGoodAsNew
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Now who can possibly post a 'hater' post on this?! A champion's interview - no less!

TomTennis
Jan 12th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Venus is such a good competitor!!! So sophisticated!!

You go Venus!

serenafan08
Jan 12th, 2006, 06:35 PM
Venus always has great interviews. No other player can rival her personna - she always gives such great answers to her questions. :yeah:

Andy T
Jan 12th, 2006, 06:41 PM
Classy and respectful.

Reading it the thought struck me that if jen and Monica do come back there could be 10 former #1 players at Roland Garros: TEN! Plus, sans doute, Nav in the doubles (& who knows maybe even Steffi & André in the mixed). if those two play, there'd be every single number one for the last 20 years competing in the event...... that would be just so neat!

matthias
Jan 12th, 2006, 06:54 PM
nice words - she is really classy

Meesh
Jan 12th, 2006, 06:57 PM
Great interview... :worship: just a few more days away!!!!!!

hingis-seles
Jan 12th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Wonderful comments, Venus. Classy as usual. I'd expect nothing less.

tenn_ace
Jan 12th, 2006, 07:21 PM
simply Venus :worship:

new-york
Jan 12th, 2006, 07:26 PM
simply Venus :worship:


:worship:

Marshmallow
Jan 12th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Very Tasteful. Thank you for posting. *\o/*

Diesel
Jan 12th, 2006, 10:43 PM
Venus :kiss: so kind when Martina wasn't.

DomenicDemaria
Jan 12th, 2006, 10:51 PM
Nice article :worship: Their was an interview on an australian show and Venus defended Serena's ass. She said something: "We are african americians and african americans have big backsides. I have one too." How cute of Venus to sick up for Serena. She looked relaxed. Hopefully she can stay injury free at the AO.

hablo
Jan 12th, 2006, 10:53 PM
:awww:
Venus, such kind words for Hingis :hearts::worship:

new-york
Jan 12th, 2006, 10:54 PM
:awww:
Venus, such kind words for Hingis :hearts::worship:

See how my girl is nice and smart. :angel:

Borris
Jan 12th, 2006, 10:55 PM
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"She has just as much chance as all of us in the top ten, or the top 100, or the top 1000."

:

Superintelligent quote of Venus!! Is Nancy Loeffler-Caro still in top 1000?

henmanhill
Jan 13th, 2006, 12:23 AM
Venus is always so dignified. She is one of my faves.

ceiling_fan
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:43 AM
nice words!! :kiss: go venus!

vettipooh
Jan 13th, 2006, 03:52 AM
She's simply the best!! Vee :hearts: :worship:

Miranda
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:06 AM
venus is very wise :worship:

Rub
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:08 AM
nice...

spartanchris
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:50 AM
Seeing Venus's draw, I hope she is ready! It looks to be very challenging if all the seeds pull through.

cometz9
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:14 AM
Venus :worship: always classy and funny in her interview, gotta love her :hearts:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jan 13th, 2006, 07:50 AM
Venus :hearts: I love how she said she'd "peak for the final". Gotta love the confidence!

Kiswana
Jan 13th, 2006, 08:07 AM
Venus is the good will ambassador of tennis. Some players, for one reason or another, aren't always up to scratch but the WTA should really utilise Venus's mass appeal to promote the tour.

Williams Rulez
Jan 13th, 2006, 10:16 AM
such kind words... :)

Munchen
Jan 13th, 2006, 10:17 AM
Thanks :wavey:

martinailuv
Jan 13th, 2006, 11:57 AM
venus is always so classy! :)