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Jun 14th, 2006, 06:43 PM
Serena Williams to play here
Serena Williams, a seven-time grand slam winner, has accepted a wild card into the field for July’s Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open.

This will be Williams first tournament since January’s Australian Open. Williams has been sidelined by injuries since then.

“I have decided to return to competitive tennis at Cincinnati’s Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open, the week of July 17,” Williams said in a statement.

“Lately, I have been working very hard on making my knee stronger, and that work is progressing well. Barring any setbacks, it is my hope that I will be able to rejoin the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour at Cincinnati.”

Williams’ current ranking is 104.


Jun 14th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Go Serena!

Jun 14th, 2006, 06:47 PM

Serena is coming back!!!! :worship:

Rising Sun
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Rena! :cool:

The Daviator
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Great news! Serena back sooner than I expected, can't wait! :bounce:

Jun 14th, 2006, 06:50 PM
good sign.

Serena back in time to contest at the U.S. Open.

Jun 14th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Great news. I was just checking out her summer line at tenniswarehouse and I'm loving the colors.

Jun 14th, 2006, 06:53 PM
That's a good news but she should play qualies ..

Jun 14th, 2006, 06:58 PM
:yeah: well hope she actually uses it...Anyways good luck rena..plzz come back fit...

Sally Struthers
Jun 14th, 2006, 06:59 PM
It would be nice to see her back but I think the odds of her actually playing are less than 50-50 :lol:

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Please come back Serena.

Tennis has been boring without you :hug:

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:07 PM
OMG is this true?
:woohoo: :banana:

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:20 PM
best news ever, cant wait!!!

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:24 PM
:haha: at using "Cincinnati’s Western and Southern Financial Group Women’s Open" and "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour" as a direct quote from Serena.. can you imagine her actually saying it in full :o

Hope she will actually come back and is not just giving false hope

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:24 PM
I am so happy!!!!!! Can't wait to see her play!!!!!

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:26 PM
Good News

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:27 PM
Go Serena!!!

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:27 PM
I never thought I would say this one day, but I can't wait till she's back:yeah: WTA tennis is always better when everybody's there:D

Stamp Paid
Jun 14th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Good news to hear.

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:38 PM
I'll believe she's back when she's playing a match :o

Stamp Paid
Jun 14th, 2006, 07:39 PM
I hope she draws Hantuchova first round too.

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Still laughing at the people who doubted she'd get a wildcard and actually have to play qualies.:lol:

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:49 PM
I hope she draws Hantuchova first round too.

great news :banana: cant wait to see her on court again t has been hard not to have her around. cant wait Rena :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo:

Jun 14th, 2006, 07:54 PM
very cool, great for the Event and Cincinnati and Womens tennis!

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:04 PM
awsome that she will be back.. not to sound negative but is it too early? she is not even close to look as fit as she did when she was the real serena.. it was said to see her movement and groundstrokes in australia.. i want serena to comeback and just be amazing.. i think she has the recent years palyed when she probably should be home and practise

but i hope im wrong.. the most important thing after all is that she is back:D the wta tour hasnt been the same without her

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:14 PM
I hope she draws Hantuchova first round too. :lol: :fiery:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:15 PM
I'm trying to be positive....but I await with bated breath. :)

Good luck Serena :hearts:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:17 PM
Great News!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:22 PM
Great, I've been missing her quite bad...

This last year without the real Serena has kinda made me realize how much I actually like and admire her :worship:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:23 PM
This is great news!! Let's hope Serena doesn't suffer any setbacks, and that she's in top form... :D

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:23 PM
Good news, but given the recent track record I'll only :clap2: when I see her on the hard courts in the armpit of the midwest Cincinnati.

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:23 PM

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:24 PM
Viva Serena. :yeah:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:25 PM
She better play!!!

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:26 PM
I cannot wait to have Serena back on court. Great positive news.

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:31 PM
:eek: good news i hope :unsure:

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:35 PM
It would be nice to see her back but I think the odds of her actually playing are less than 50-50 :lol:Why is that funny?

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Is the wildcard for qualifying or for the main draw?

Anyhow, I just hope she comes back healthy and fit, whenever she chooses to return. It's no fun watching her play, unless she's firing on all cylinders.

Jun 14th, 2006, 08:49 PM
the armpit of the midwest Cincinnati.

:o :mad:

This is good news. I'm not a Serena fan but this tournament needs a top player to get the fans in.:worship:

It has been a Tier 3 but I believe this year it is Tier 2. I was there last year and enjoyed it very much, but then, I'm a real tennis fan. The seats were empty most of the time, even for the finals. If Serena plays, a lot more people will buy tickets and this will be a good thing.:) Last year they literally couldn't give tickets away.:lol:

Good for Western and Southern for sticking with the women. They didn't have to continue to sponsor it. The men bring in boatloads of fans. I just hope Serena shows up.:rolleyes:

Jun 14th, 2006, 09:02 PM

Carmen Mairena
Jun 14th, 2006, 09:03 PM
As expected! :yeah:

Sah-ree-nah!!! :kiss:

Jun 14th, 2006, 09:12 PM
all these haters wishing she won't show up :lol: why would she take a WC and then not show up? :rolleyes: wishful thinking from the haters

Jun 14th, 2006, 09:20 PM
Very nice! Glad she is coming back . :D :bounce:

Jun 14th, 2006, 09:31 PM
Smart move to come back small.

Jun 14th, 2006, 09:48 PM
Serena :hearts:

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:00 PM
AHHHHHHHHHH :D :woohoo: x 362756327562756!!!

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:03 PM
good sign.

Serena back in time to contest at the U.S. Open.
Exactly why I'm happy, hope she will show at the US Open. Imagine if she is a wildcard there?

Maria Croft
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Hope she will be ready then :D

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:17 PM
about a month......can't wait to have her back:):):) *made my day*

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 14th, 2006, 10:19 PM
I told you the tournament organizers would offer her a WC without Serena having to even ask.

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:20 PM
She should play the qualies. After all, Agassi played challengers when he was coming back from his down period.

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:21 PM
:yeah: Serena.. good luck!

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:23 PM
No, I think playing qualies would be bad. I don't think she should play a lot of matches staright away and injure herself...

Jun 14th, 2006, 10:33 PM
Any seeded player who has to play her in the first couple of rounds is gunna be like "F*CK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I have a feeling this comeback will be the real deal. No more p*ssy-footin' around for Rena. I wish Venus would take Serena's lead and get some outside coaching. I think players generally benefit from working with different coaches. Harold Solomon would be a nice fit with the sisters.


Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:22 PM
I hope this is not too soon.

Are the injuries healed?
Has she been training?
Is she fit?

She must be healthy and fit to be anything like the old Serena.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jun 14th, 2006, 11:49 PM
Serena won't play unless she's ready.

Jun 14th, 2006, 11:59 PM
Serena won't play unless she's ready.

Agreed. I think she got burned too much last year for her half-assed attempt at a comeback. I think she's more serious this time around. Otherwise she would not be training at Nick's academy.


Jun 15th, 2006, 12:04 AM
Can't wait to have her back.

Jun 15th, 2006, 12:38 AM
Im so glad Im going to this tournament. It just keeps getting better. :hearts:.