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santhuruu
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:34 PM
Serena Williams played unbelievably well, great returns, good work at the net, a lot of winners as well!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK USA!
OOh yeah it was funny too see how Venus communicated with the crowd!

Only Serena could have been better with the statistic converting breakpoints in the second set. But hey there are always things to improve:)

Serena!
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:35 PM
:worship:

Mark Spruce
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:35 PM
Go the crazy Hair !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Serena un 50 % for first serve :eek:

Russianboy
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:35 PM
6-1 6-4 ;)

winone23
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:36 PM
Go Serena!

serena_fan
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:36 PM
well done Serena :)

santhuruu
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:37 PM
6-1 6-4 ;)

woops wrong typed.

Bruno71
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:37 PM
Caroline...won 2 more games against Serena than Sharapova at the AO! The score was 6-1, 6-4 btw.

Serena!
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:37 PM
Does Anyone have any pics???

Conor
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:38 PM
Serena Williams played unbelievably well, great returns, good work at the net, a lot of winners as well!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK USA!
OOh yeah it was funny too see how Venus communicated with the crowd!

Only Serena could have been better with the statistic converting breakpoints in the second set. But hey there are always things to improve:)

:lol: :lol: I love your avatar... the handbag!!! lol

Yeah sounds like Serena played great... but the oposition isnt exactly the greatest so.... good job anyway ;)

silverwhite
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:38 PM
Should have been 6-1 6-2 or something. Made some unnecessary errors at 0-40 in the third game and 15-40 in the second last game. :o

Rod the Bama
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:38 PM
Nice win for Serena today. :clap2:

Olórin
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:39 PM
Good work Serena:bounce:

Yeah, can anyone put up any pics :)

Diesel
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:39 PM
Loves it! :woohoo: Serena :)

Mightymirza
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:39 PM
Serena :yeah: nice fight Maes :hug:

K-Dog
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:39 PM
Serena served well in the second, and returned well in the first. She had a terrible break point conversion in the second and it got in her head. This should've been 6-1 6-1, because by the match score, they were pretty much even after 5-0 in the first. Serena and Venus need to work on some things for the next matches.

Geertvg
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:40 PM
Well. Maes faught very well to be ranked 227 in the world you know... I'm proud, they did far better than I expected. They won 11 games already and didn't get a single bagle! I thought wed'd have won like 5 games today! :)

Craigy
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:41 PM
Serena looked so good. Great outfit. Great hair.
And ankle braces! :yeah:

serena_fan
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:42 PM
well done Rena

Olórin
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:43 PM
:lol: :lol: I love your avatar... the handbag!!! lol

Yeah sounds like Serena played great... but the oposition isnt exactly the greatest so.... good job anyway ;)

I like your avatar :p

santhuruu
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:43 PM
Yeah I was impressed with how good her first serves were today, well some of them were placed very well. I think Maes should come in to the net more if you ask me, and her dropshot was also very good today, she should have used that shot a lot more. On the other hand, Serena's movement looked like the way she moved against Cohen Aloro WTA Toronto 2005 second round. But Serena had her groundies under control, probably because of that racket.

Bart
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:43 PM
Nice try, Caroline :)

serena_fan
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:44 PM
wel done Serena

blumaroo
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:44 PM
Serena wasn't moving that well but serve and power were overwhelming as always. Maes isn't that bad. She served really well for her ranking and is in my opinion a better player than Flipkens.

Geertvg
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:45 PM
Aw, come on, give something for Caroline too. 6-1 6-4 is like a victory for her! :D

bandabou
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:45 PM
serving was out of this world...kinda sloppy with all those bp's missed..movement seemed to be hampered a bit, but still good match.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:46 PM
Great match by Serena. She looks fitter than in the aussie and miami!

K-Dog
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:46 PM
Yeah I was impressed with how good her first serves were today, well some of them were placed very well. I think Maes should come in to the net more if you ask me, and her dropshot was also very good today, she should have used that shot a lot more. On the other hand, Serena's movement looked like the way she moved against Cohen Aloro WTA Toronto 2005 second round. But Serena had her groundies under control, probably because of that racket.

She only seems to run when she has to. Her movement is the only thing that she needs to work on still. It used to be great, now it is just average.

harloo
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:47 PM
Congrats Serena!! Keep it going babygirl!! Anyone going to upload the sisters fed cup matches?:sad:

Geertvg
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:47 PM
Serena wasn't moving that well but serve and power were as overwhelming as always. Maes isn't that bad. She served really well for her ranking and is in my opinion a better player than Flipkens.

The problem is just the pace, once the top 100 playes start to push she just can't follow, sadly. But she's got some nice shots in her repertoire. After all, she was born in Dendermonde, the place I live in :angel: :p

tennisIlove09
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:49 PM
YAY! Go Serena

Conor
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:51 PM
She only seems to run when she has to. Her movement is the only thing that she needs to work on still. It used to be great, now it is just average.

I thought her movements been great since shes come back, 3rd set gainst Peer at the AO she was gettin' everything back then in Miami final it was very good again...

Brooklyn90
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:51 PM
Anyone tape the match? :)

Uranus
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:52 PM
Great result for Caro, if Serena did play "unbelieveably well" as said in 1st post! :D

Serena!
Apr 21st, 2007, 10:52 PM
Any Pictures??

bandabou
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:00 PM
Nice match by Serena. Serving was pretty awesome today....wow, some of those kick-serves were just :eek: movement was kinda hampered, I guess she just was pacing herself.

.Andrew.
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:00 PM
Good stuff, Serena. Expected win. :worship:

Caroline, nice effort. :hug:

The Daviator
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:06 PM
Well done Ree :D

Good performance for Caroline too :yeah:

Marcell
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:10 PM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Serena completes sister sweep at Fed Cup

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer




DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Serena Williams completed a sibling sweep Saturday, leaving the U.S. Fed Cup team on the verge of beating Belgium. Playing Fed Cup for the first time since 2003, Williams beat Caroline Maes 6-1, 6-4 to give the Americans a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five opening-round match.


Older sister Venus Williams wobbled in the wind but rallied to beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2. Struggling early with gusty conditions, Venus fell behind 5-3 before winning 11 consecutive points to take charge.

"Down that first set, it's comforting to know if anything goes wrong, Serena Williams is going to play the second match," Venus said.

The Americans were heavily favored due to the absence of Belgium's top players, No. 1-ranked Justine Henin and No. 4 Kim Clijsters, who declined to take part.

Singles matchups will be reversed Sunday, followed by the doubles. The winning team will face the winner of the Russia-Spain match in the semifinals following Wimbledon in July.

Russia took a 2-0 lead over Spain on Saturday in Moscow. France and Italy, both playing at home, also took 2-0 leads.

The Williams sisters agreed to play against Belgium in part because the site of the match is only a half-hour drive from their home in Palm Beach Gardens. Friends, family and designers from Venus' fashion business were in the stands, and the sisters gave them plenty to cheer about.

Serena took a 5-0 lead after only 17 minutes, and when Maes held for 5-1, the Belgian grinned at the achievement. Serena struggled with her serve but slammed backhand winners into both corners and moved well, showing no signs of the groin injury that forced her to retire from a match last week at Charleston, S.C.
She won points even when Maes had her on the run, backpedaling after a lob and smacking an overhead winner from near the baseline, then yanking a running backhand lob crosscourt for another winner.

Venus started more slowly — and was three points from losing the first set.

Flipkens double-faulted to lose serve and make it 5-4, then double-faulted again on break point to fall behind 6-5. Venus closed the set with an overhead slam, then pulled away in the second set, winning the final five games.

Venus said she struggled early with the wind and rushed some shots.

"I was rushing because I wanted to hit great shots," Venus said. "Sometimes it's not about the great shots. Sometimes it's about the good shot. I love greatness, but sometimes it's goodness."

Flipkens, ranked No. 132, looked relaxed at the outset, started with an ace and won the first game at love. Conditions were so windy that the hem of Venus' skirt occasionally blew up around her waist, and she double-faulted three times to fall behind 4-2.
But Venus began to hit her groundstrokes more confidently as the match progressed, and she won her final six service games.

"She was on fire in the second set," Flipkens said. "I think she had problems in the first set with the conditions. She was serving way better in the second set and proving she's one of the top players in the world."

At Moscow, No. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova No. 9 Nadia Petrova won for Russia in straight sets. They're the highest-ranked players competing this weekend among the quarterfinalists.

At Limoges, France, Tatiana Golovin and Nathalie Dechy also won in straight sets. The team advancing will take on Italy or China in the semifinals.

At Castellaneta Marina, Italy, Flavia Pennetta overcame a slow start and a match point to win when Peng Shuai retired with an injury, 0-6, 7-5, 3-0. Tathiana Garbin edged Sun Tian Tian 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Craigy
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:14 PM
http://i16.tinypic.com/3zkwbrq.jpg http://i13.tinypic.com/2vn29up.jpg

The Daviator
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:17 PM
http://i16.tinypic.com/3zkwbrq.jpg http://i13.tinypic.com/2vn29up.jpg

:hearts: She looks amazing!

Craigy
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:18 PM
http://i13.tinypic.com/2ikf8uq.jpg http://i17.tinypic.com/30lytzt.jpg

Diesel
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:18 PM
Serena :hearts:

winone23
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:22 PM
Any Pictures??

I was just about to ask

winone23
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:25 PM
http://i16.tinypic.com/3zkwbrq.jpg http://i13.tinypic.com/2vn29up.jpg
Serena looks nice!

Mark Spruce
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:39 PM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/14/fullj.getty-ten-fed_cup-maes_6_26_38_pm.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.f7785564cde8416999fa6d583d95f157.fed_cup_tenn is_flsm108.jpg

Mark Spruce
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:40 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.aadc303aad5149d382afbf1b25785c2a.fed_cup_tenn is_flsm109.jpg

No Name Face
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:47 PM
great win serena.

she looks excellent with this hair.

Mark Spruce
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:56 PM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.7af432cd78d84b0fa65e8ecbde9c7dfd.fed_cup_tenn is_flsm111.jpg

Mark Spruce
Apr 21st, 2007, 11:57 PM
venus celebrates sisters win

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/6f/fullj.getty-ten-fed_cup-swilliams_6_35_00_pm.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.b1312ee83a244b8a808f4f4912127f49.fed_cup_tenn is_flsm110.jpg

Serena!
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:05 AM
VENUS AND SERENA LOOK SO GOOOOD
(Venus looks hilarious in those celebrating pics!)

blumaroo
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:08 AM
Maes lookwise is a hybrid mix of Kuznetsova and Krajicek isn't she?
I like Venus new hairdo.

volta
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:16 AM
oh Rena looks so fit and hot :hearts: :hearts:

lmao Vee is cracking me up :haha:

Mark Spruce
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:20 AM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/f9/fullj.getty-ten-fed_cup-maes_6_59_24_pm.jpg

henree
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:28 AM
I hope someone can upload this match.:hearts:

vettipooh
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:29 AM
Oh venus! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

sweetpeas
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:36 AM
Get It Short E?

sweetpeas
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:39 AM
It"s so nice,to see my U.S. team having fun! Get it shorte!!!!

ico4498
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:40 AM
my "baby" love!

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:41 AM
Nice win Serena :hug:

Congrats to Venus too ;)

sweetpeas
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:44 AM
It used to be great, now it is just average


Serena did retire at Family circle,due to groin injure?I Would think that slow someone down?

Lindsayfanumber1
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:47 AM
Serena :) :D :rocker2:

Andy.
Apr 22nd, 2007, 12:49 AM
She looks fantastic

Marcell
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:06 AM
Williams sisters grab early lead for U.S in Fed Cup
Associated Press


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Wobbly in the wind and trailing in the first set, Venus Williams was glad to have her younger sister standing by.

"Down that first set, it's comforting to know if anything goes wrong, Serena Williams is going to play the second match," Venus said.


Venus rallied to win, and Serena completed a sibling sweep Saturday, leaving the U.S. Fed Cup team on the verge of beating Belgium.

Playing Fed Cup for the first time since 2003, Serena beat Caroline Maes 6-1, 6-4 to give the Americans a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five opening-round match.

Venus struggled early with gusty conditions and fell behind 5-3 before winning 11 consecutive points, then beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2.

The Williams sisters are now a combined 21-3 in Fed Cup play.
"With Venus on our team, we're guaranteed two wins," Serena said. "So if I can just win one match, we pretty much have it in our pockets."

Singles matchups will be reversed Sunday, followed by doubles, and Serena can clinch a U.S. victory by beating Flipkens. The winning team will face the Russia-Spain winner in the semifinals following Wimbledon in July.

Russia led Spain 2-0 in Moscow. France and Italy, both playing at home, also took 2-0 leads.

The Americans were heavily favored due to the absence of Belgium's top players, top-ranked Justine Henin and No. 4 Kim Clijsters, who declined to take part. The Williams sisters often skip Fed Cup themselves, but they agreed to play this weekend in part because Delray Beach is only a half-hour drive from their home in Palm Beach Gardens.

Friends, family and designers from Venus' fashion business were part of the crowd of 3,415, and the sisters gave them plenty to cheer about.

"It was really windy, and balls are bouncing funny," Serena said. "But America is up 2-0, and we hope to improve it Sunday."

Serena took a 5-0 lead after only 17 minutes, and when Maes held for 5-1, the Belgian grinned at the achievement. Serena never faced a break point, slammed backhand winners into both corners and moved well, showing no signs of the groin injury that forced her to retire from a match last week at Charleston, S.C.

She wore tape on her right thigh as a precaution.

"I'm really excited that I didn't have any pain in the groin," Serena said. "I was really nervous I would."

She won points even when Maes had her on the run, backpedaling after a lob and smacking an overhead winner from near the baseline, then yanking a running backhand lob crosscourt for another winner.

Staging a career comeback after a series of long layoffs, Serena improved to 16-2 in 2007. She has won the year's two biggest tournaments, the Australian Open and Key Biscayne.

"She's the best player in the world when she really wants to," Maes said.

Venus flirted with trouble in the opening match. Starting slowly, she was three points from losing the first set.

Flipkens wavered, double-faulting to lose serve and make it 5-4, then double-faulting again on break point to fall behind 6-5. Venus closed the set with an overhead slam, then pulled away in the second set, winning the final five games.

Venus said she struggled early with the wind and hurried some shots.

"I was rushing because I wanted to hit great shots," Venus said. "Sometimes it's not about the great shots. Sometimes it's about the good shot. I love greatness, but sometimes it's goodness."

Flipkens, ranked No. 132, looked relaxed at the outset, started with an ace and won the first game at love. Conditions were so windy that the hem of Venus' skirt occasionally blew up around her waist, and she double-faulted three times to fall behind 4-2.

But Venus began to hit her groundstrokes more confidently as the match progressed, and she won her final six service games.

"She was on fire in the second set," Flipkens said. "I think she had problems in the first set with the conditions. She was serving way better in the second set and proving she's one of the top players in the world."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

tonybotz
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:16 AM
I would not like to get into a scuffle with Serena. And I'm a 26 year old man. Love her.

mykarma
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:18 AM
venus celebrates sisters win

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/6f/fullj.getty-ten-fed_cup-swilliams_6_35_00_pm.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070421/capt.b1312ee83a244b8a808f4f4912127f49.fed_cup_tenn is_flsm110.jpg
Venus is such a clown. Great picture

mm1147
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:46 AM
belgium :sad:

Asaph
Apr 22nd, 2007, 02:03 AM
You have an American flag in your avatar yet you cry for Belgium, interesting. Glad they are losing hope it is a clean sweep.

Dunlop1
Apr 22nd, 2007, 04:42 AM
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/e0/fullj.getty-ten-fed_cup-swilliams_6_17_27_pm.jpg

F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C!

Love action shots this high quality!

LindsayRulz
Apr 22nd, 2007, 04:47 AM
Serena :yeah:

serenafan08
Apr 22nd, 2007, 05:06 AM
Great results from both sisters. There's more pics of them on Getty Images. They look terrific! :yeah:

Kenny
Apr 22nd, 2007, 05:18 AM
Serena looks amazing.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 22nd, 2007, 07:01 AM
Serena looks GREAT! :hearts:

Mina Vagante
Apr 22nd, 2007, 09:17 AM
she looks ridiculously hot:hearts: omg keep her hair this way ;)

CooCooCachoo
Apr 22nd, 2007, 09:20 AM
Caroline :yeah: Five games :clap2:

-sugi-
Apr 22nd, 2007, 09:22 AM
Good effort Caroline.
She had such a huge smile when she got her first game on the scoreboard :awww:

Denise4925
Apr 22nd, 2007, 09:57 AM
I didn't see Vee play, but Serena was great in the first set and then kind of lost focus in the second. Great wins anyway. :banana: Go USA :banana:

Anybody know if they will be showing the matches tomorrow on TTC?

ce
Apr 22nd, 2007, 10:06 AM
sisters:inlove:

maja.amelie
Apr 22nd, 2007, 11:10 AM
Venus and Serena :hearts: :inlove:

Jakeev
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:16 PM
Serena Williams played unbelievably well, great returns, good work at the net, a lot of winners as well!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK USA!
OOh yeah it was funny too see how Venus communicated with the crowd!

Only Serena could have been better with the statistic converting breakpoints in the second set. But hey there are always things to improve:)

Loved watching Caroline Maes play today. She knew she was totally outclassed and yet went out on the court and had an absolute blast.

Loved her attitude on court today against Serena.

Brαm
Apr 22nd, 2007, 01:33 PM
If you liked Caroline or her game yesterday,
write a message in the guestbook (http://users.skynet.be/carolinemaes/pages/guestbook.html)on her Fansite :D

http://users.skynet.be/carolinemaes :cool:

Mileen
Apr 22nd, 2007, 04:50 PM
Serena wasn't moving that well but serve and power were overwhelming as always. Maes isn't that bad. She served really well for her ranking and is in my opinion a better player than Flipkens.

Flipper is a really tallented player, but lacks other components to reach a good ranking so far. Among which is motivation to practice, and she is physically fragile, has a chronic back injury. This set of matches wasn't a good example to decide which player is better. I think Flipper is the way more tallented one (is Justine kind of player, in way of playing and touch), and Caroline's had her chances, she's 24 years. Kirsten has been out for like a year and a half, 2 years (due to her back injury).