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Uranus
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:25 PM
And once again escaped an early loss when Akiko led 5-3 in the last set.

Do your best against Sharpie!

Demska
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
Sharapova will cream this error run Venus.

Effy
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
Morigami played solid match, its a shame she couldnt serve for the match 5*-3 :awww:

Apoleb
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
A little bit of a choke from Morigami.

5 3 and suddendly she starts being passive and just getting the ball in court, instead of playing like she was during the whole match.

John.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Vee

Nice to see some emotion at the end. Take out Masha :banana:

xr6turbo
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
*death* Nice fighting Venus..

Jasmin
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:26 PM
Good luck dude. Venus serve is a worry and hasn't been consistent since her stomach injury.

She's going to need a little of what serena has to beat Maria this time. She's going to have to get mean like I kind of think she was when it came to Hingis.

supergrunt
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Yay!!!! :fiery: COME ON!!!!! :armed: Sharapova!! :boxing:

Il Primo!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Venus, we have to talk!:help::o

It could have been easier! She loves frightenning us!
Good luck against Maria, you will need luck to win :tape:

Dexter
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Pathetic choke, Akiko.

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
:rocker2: Venus well done, great fight!!! You need to pic your game up against Maria!

chris whiteside
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Phew!!!!

Maybe Venus can rise to the occasion but I fear for her in the next round.

lets_party!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Venus great grunting :clap2::rolleyes:

pathetic

Akiko :awww:
this is so wrong..

Viktymise
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Venus :worship: OK well, serving wise it was terrible, but she faught and faught, she looked hungry. I have a good feeling about the Sharapova match for some reason

WhatTheDeuce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
CMOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNN!!!!!!!!! *fist pump* :armed: :banana:

Great fight Venus. Wow, that was tense. That's 2 narrow escapes in the first 3 rounds. :unsure: But we all know this doesnt mean much going into her next match with Sharapova. Turn up the heat Vee! I wanna see a repeat of 05. :) Anyway, whoever comes out of that is who I want to come out of the bottom half.

BigBabeTENNIS
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
love yea venus

kiwifan
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
WTF, she'll have to play a little better in her next match. :angel:

But for now...

...:yeah:!!!

vw.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
The only good thing to come out of this one if Venus' fight. Otherwise, nothing was working at all.

Step it up against Maria. If you don't, you're toast.

lets_party!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
she will lose to sharpie...
she only knows how to grunt and make error..but still well done

MisterMan
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
Morigami played solid match, its a shame she couldnt serve for the match 5*-3 :awww:


That's what separates Champions from the Others.

.david.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
Great fiighting Venus. Thats what i love about her. But she need to step up her game otherwise Maria will beat her in straight Sets.

Viktymise
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
Akiko choked a bit but some people are deluded if they think she just handed the match to Venus :o

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Akiko what a choke! :(

AJZ.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Akiko :hug: :hug: You made a real fan out of me today. Your style of play is really impressive - and it's too bad for today :hug: You'll make R16 at USO :)

supergrunt
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Akikio probably played the best match of her life while Venus played mediocre. That's why in was so close. No shame it that... :shrug: unless Venus would have lost. :tape:

Bijoux0021
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Go Venus! :bounce:

Now take down Sharapova!

nikita771
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
That was quite a nail biting match for me. I'm so glad that the umpire did not call the match...even though it looked like it was raining pretty hard. I"m just glad that Venus is finished with this match and can use her doubles match with Serena later today to get some more practice. Go Vee:bounce:

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
A little bit of a choke from Morigami.

5 3 and suddendly she starts being passive and just getting the ball in court, instead of playing like she was during the whole match.

That's when Venus smelled fear and did what she needed to do to win.

davidmario
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
I need a sedative. Venus will win easily against Sharapova, trust me.

Serena!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Venus played well at the end...but her serve was horrible and she kept on making UEs...Akiko played really well though so it's not like Venus played some horrible player. Nice win, but she should clean up her game for Sharapova.

Il Primo!
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
Venus :worship: OK well, serving wise it was terrible, but she faught and faught, she looked hungry. I have a good feeling about the Sharapova match for some reason

The reason is you hate Maria, as simple as that :lol:

Effy
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:29 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Vee

Nice to see some emotion at the end. Take out Masha :banana:

:lol: how funny, with such game she hardy can take out Masha ;)

Highlandman
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!! What a fantastic fight, yeeeeeeeees!!! :crazy::crazy::aparty: I'm sooooo soooo happy now , wondeful :D :D With her amazing fights she shows what a big fighter and champ she is. It feels so good now, yeeees :yeah: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

She looked so happy after this match :yeah: Wow, now against Sharapova - please win this :D :D :bounce:

Akiko :hug: - great tournament for you.

40-0
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
I think this is gonna help Venus in the end.
Venus came back twice, playing her best but mostly HER serve was big during those points against.
Interesting pressure end, the only court with match play. im proud of u Vee, even tho i didnt like that nightmare at all.

mdterp01
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
With Venus, she's so inconsistent that you can't take this match and say she'll get creamed by Sharapova. Sharapova doesn't have the angles Morigami does. So, unlike other players who are a bit easier to predict, with Venus, particularly on grass...all bets are off. This is a win and the chalkboard is ERASED!! Next match is a new match and she will be on a bigger court. I'm beginning to think there is something to her awful play on court 2.

junlee_vee
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
I'm sorry, I know I should be pissed at Venus for ALL the doubles in the second set (but none in the third, right?), and I can't help but be SO happy for her right now. She showed tremendous fight towards the end and she raised her game when she really needed to, especially in that last game with the rain coming down heavy!

And the intensity she showed towards the end...that's what you need Venus!!!!!

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:30 PM
Venus :worship: OK well, serving wise it was terrible, but she faught and faught, she looked hungry. I have a good feeling about the Sharapova match for some reason

I'm numb, so I'm going with your feeling :yeah: :yeah:

vw.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
Akiko choked a bit but some people are deluded if they think she just handed the match to Venus :o

Just ignore it. Even if Venus did level it up a bit, any loss of a third set 7-5 from 5-3 up is a choke. :p

Aliz Molik
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
mmm go Venus!! It's not just Sereeree that can show some serious fight!! Now improve your game and beat Sharapova!!

new-york
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
Pathetic choke, Akiko.

especially being up 5000-0.

woosey
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
glad v won. but morigami is kinda weak. venus was handing it to her.

anyway, onward to pova.

nikita771
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
she will lose to sharpie...
she only knows how to grunt and make error..but still well done

Those grunts and errors have given her three Wimbledon titles. I wish that I could grunt and make errors like that. I do agree with you on the well done part. She fought through it and made it to the next round.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
great fight from venus :worship:

but akiko did lose it serving at 5-3 :tape:

Ben.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:32 PM
Sharapova will cream this error run Venus.

we shall wait & see ;)

nice fight from venus :D didn't play her best tennis but i'm sure she'll come good when takes on sharapova. c'mon venus, show us what you are made of!!! improve on your serve & your consistency. you can do it!

vw.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:32 PM
A million Double Faults in the 2nd set from Venus did not look promising.

Please lower that number. :kiss:

davidmario
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:32 PM
The rain was really scaring me at *6-5 and also Venus - she lost focus and found herself down with 2BPs but EXACTLY IN THAT MOMENT she started hitting huge first serves that were unreturnable:yeah:

DemWilliamsGulls
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:34 PM
I'm glad Venus won...but im not happy the way she played...she cant go into the next match playing Sharapova like that...Venus and Sharapova isnt playing the tennis they played in 2005, but Sharapova makes less errors...Venus GOT (not has GOT!) to come with a focused head when they play.

nikita771
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:34 PM
[quote=junlee_vee;11108199]I'm sorry, I know I should be pissed at Venus for ALL the doubles in the second set (but none in the third, right?), and quote]

Just one in the 2nd....but one vs. 11 is excellent!!!

Bruno71
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:34 PM
The script of the match was basically:

Venus: You take it.
Akiko: No you take it.
Venus: No you take it.
Akiko: No you take it.
Venus: OK.

Ackms421
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:34 PM
People, she won the last 4 games! Of course it wasn't her best through and through, but, just as she did in her hay-day, she put it together when she had to. *That* is an omen for the rest of the tournament. These girls never play well consistently throughout every match of a slam, but when they are dangerous is when they can pull these kinds of matches out.

Sharapova will probably never beat Venus at Wimbledon, and it definetly won't happen this year.

This W's got the feeling of an all-Williams final...4 years in the making...

Infiniti2001
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Marshmallow
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:35 PM
*Relief* Why is Akiko not top 20, i just don't understand it with that game. It was not Venus playing badly, she wasn't allowed to play well. Akiko's ground strokes are so compact that she had enough time to get back whatever Venus threw at her, sometimes blocking and other times with real interest. That was TOUGH!!!!

Venus played much better at 3-5, NO errors, controlled aggression. Akiko did get a little tentative, but everyone gets like that when serving for the match, especially without the biggest serve. I would NOT call it a choke.

But Venus hung tough, i saw the look she gave her mom at 3-5 down... and was that OUR Venus screaming COME ON? Haven't seen that in AGES!!!!

:bounce: But Well tried Akiko, i'll support you in future. :D

PamShriverRockz
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:36 PM
Venus :yeah:

Effy
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:36 PM
lol if she plays like she did today against Sharapova she'll lose 2 and 2. I'll give you that. But what makes me hopeful is that she is is so erratic that she could all of a sudden come out playign well and if she does that and can sustain it through the match then:wavey: Shazzapova.

:lol: we shall see :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

schorsch
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:36 PM
The script of the match was basically:

Venus: You take it.
Akiko: No you take it.
Venus: No you take it.
Akiko: No you take it.
Venus: OK.

:) true

pwayne
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:38 PM
That was an ugly match for Venus. Morigami did not do anything special to win the match and it caught up with her serving for the match at 5-3.

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:38 PM
I'm glad Venus won...but im not happy the way she played...she cant go into the next match playing Sharapova like that...Venus and Sharapova isnt playing the tennis they played in 2005, but Sharapova makes less errors...Venus GOT (not has GOT!) to come with a focused head when they play.

Yes she does, Venus seriously needs to play her doubles match today.

V-MAC
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:38 PM
I don't know how I feel right now - both mad and happy at same time :eek: I guess though I am more so relieved that Vee managed to scrape through this match. I guess the one good thing to come out of thid match and her first round is that Vee must be getting some of that old mental toughness back. She's choked so many 3rd sets this year it is great to see her come from a break down in the 3rd sets here and win through. :)

DemWilliamsGulls
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:38 PM
With Venus, she's so inconsistent that you can't take this match and say she'll get creamed by Sharapova. Sharapova doesn't have the angles Morigami does. So, unlike other players who are a bit easier to predict, with Venus, particularly on grass...all bets are off. This is a win and the chalkboard is ERASED!! Next match is a new match and she will be on a bigger court. I'm beginning to think there is something to her awful play on court 2.

I luv his posts :worship: always have some sense to it....

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:39 PM
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/1593/image1gp6.jpg

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hopefully Venus is saving her best for her last rounds.

servenrichie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:40 PM
I need a sedative. Venus will win easily against Sharapova, trust me.
That is bold, aber Dein Wort in Gottes Ohr:)

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
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davidmario
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
yeah those "come ons" and the fist pumping was really positive.

winone23
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
I don't know how I feel right now - both mad and happy at same time :eek: I guess though I am more so relieved that Vee managed to scrape through this match. I guess the one good thing to come out of thid match and her first round is that Vee must be getting some of that old mental toughness back. She's choked so many 3rd sets this year it is great to see her come from a break down in the 3rd sets here and win through. :)

Yes, Venus needs these fights to get her mental toughness back. This match may be the key to her reaching the final.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Andrew Laeddis
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
this is hat happens when they eep putting venus on court 2. the score was almost identical to her 1st round match on the graveyard play. hopefully vee will play better on center court.

1st rnd:2-6,6-3,7-5
3rd rnd:6-2,3-6,7-5

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Effy
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
That was an ugly match for Venus. Morigami did not do anything special to win the match and it caught up with her serving for the match at 5-3.

u r wrong, Morigami played her best tennis, was aggressive and confident ;)

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Veritas
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
Akiko choked a bit but some people are deluded if they think she just handed the match to Venus :o

You mean, "deluded" in the same way that others underestimated Akiko and thought Venus would run away with the match in straight sets?

Stavie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
Venus!!! :bigclap: :banana:
Im happy for you!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Nemo_Kool
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
whoever says Venus doesnt have the desire anymore i think that match showed it...shes trying so hard that it is the cause of the errors...she wants it seemingly more than anyone! well done u had me sooooo scared!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Demska
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
u r wrong, Morigami played her best tennis, was aggressive and confident ;)

confident to get broken to love while serving for the match :weirdo:

She choked under the occasion. End of.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
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venusdemilo
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
Venus :yeah: Way to fight to close it out, even when you're not playing your best. Got to pick it up if you're gonna beat Sharapova though.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
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Just Do It
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:44 PM
:eek:

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
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junlee_vee
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
It was:
Venus: I'm giong to come out and play well and then just when my fans think I'll win I'll hit 11 df and 40 UE. that should get Akiko about up to serving for the match. And then just when all my fans have chewed down their finger nails bare I'll start to play well and close it out. Must keep my fans happy. :devil:

:lol: It's so true!

delicatecutter
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM
Venus!! :yeah:

This was a great start to the day!! What a nail-biter!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Thanx4nothin
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:47 PM
Come on Venus....that's my third heart attack of the championships. Keep winning, i don't care how.

Effy
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:47 PM
confident to get broken to love while serving for the match :weirdo:

She choked under the occasion. End of.

yeah, she choked poor little lamb :p :hug:

Paneru
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:48 PM
Venus in her nasty wicked sense of humor! :cool:

Love that fight! :lol:

junlee_vee
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:49 PM
You mean, "deluded" in the same way that others underestimated Akiko and thought Venus would run away with the match in straight sets?

Well see, you must understand, I don't think anybody expected Venus to freaking hit EIGHT DF's right out of the gate when they resumed play!

With that said, Morigami was very impressive at times, moreso than I thought she would be. Nice angles and a lot of power!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Chance
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:51 PM
Venus glad you got through!!!

But with that type of form..what is going to happen in the next round??...

Veritas
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:52 PM
i love how people talke like Morigami was supposed to win this match. The only reason she was even in the match to begin with was Venus let her in. So many errors and so many dfs. Especially DF's on break points.

Venus that was absolute shite out there. I think I saw like 10 points where you actually played well. Venus was so far back in the court. She was serving horribly. But what I did like to see was how much spin (by her standards) she was putting on the ball. She was missing a lot so she took a lot of pace off. Morigami was actually hitting harder for a lot of the end of the match but Vensu was playign muhc more safely. Even though she was playign safe and still missing at least she gave herself better margins to succeed. Venus you should have lost but what a great fight in the end. You overcame your bad play and morigami and won!!:worship:

:rolleyes:

You've got a lot of nerve saying that the match was close ONLY because of Venus' own UEs. Instead of blowing hot air, why don't you prove it by showing whether there were no UEs and no winners on Akiko's side? That's essentially what "the only reason she was even in the match to begin with was Venus let her in" means.

Anyway, I rest my case. Even after victory, some "fans" don't have the backbone to acknowledge that both players did what they could to win.

If Akiko had won, these people would banter "she won ONLY because of Venus' UEs". And that's the SAME reaction we get after Venus won anyway.

Just goes to show what kind of ethics these people hold.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:53 PM
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morningglory
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:54 PM
So finally the much anticipated match awaits... I'm shaking from the anticipation! :drool:

Fabunny
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:57 PM
Venus did not play well BUT on a positive note she played well enough to win another 3-set match and show a lot of heart, passion, and fight. Venus rarely plays as well as she can - I just need her to do enough to win and I will be happy with that.

I am hoping that the rain stops and she has a chance to play doubles on the grass so that she can clean up that serve and work on her volleys - I wanted to see her at the net more against Morigami.

Infiniti2001
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Infiniti2001
Jul 2nd, 2007, 01:59 PM
Venus did not play well BUT on a positive note she played well enough to win another 3-set match and show a lot of heart, passion, and fight. Venus rarely plays as well as she can - I just need her to do enough to win and I will be happy with that.

I am hoping that the rain stops and she has a chance to play doubles on the grass so that she can clean up that serve and work on her volleys - I wanted to see her at the net more against Morigami.

And that's the bottom -line for me. She's now won 2 close 3 setters... Hopefully that's the confidence booster she needed :shrug:

Aaron.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:01 PM
And that's the bottom -line for me. She's now won 2 close 3 setters... Hopefully that's the confidence booster she needed :shrug: Not really a confidence boost but a Wake up call hopefully :help:


Venus congrats :drool:

bandabou
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:01 PM
not good..but she won. Against Maria this will not be enough.

K-Dog
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:02 PM
glad I slept through it.

Wolverines08
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:06 PM
The last couple of matches, Venus 2cd serve speed has been 81...I'm a little worried about that, but if she uses her slice 2cd serve down the tee then it would be better.

Infiniti2001
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:07 PM
Do you guys realize how speedy Akiko is? I bet that confused the hell out of Venus :lol:

servenrichie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:12 PM
this is hat happens when they eep putting venus on court 2. the score was almost identical to her 1st round match on the graveyard play. hopefully vee will play better on center court.

1st rnd:2-6,6-3,7-5
3rd rnd:6-2,3-6,7-5
Pathetic for wimbledom organisers, not letting a 3 time winner play on the center court for the whole frigging week:rolleyes:

CiuMH
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:20 PM
Venus must all out and try her best to beat marsha otherwise ....bye bye...

Poova
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:23 PM
Venus played crappy. It was a pretty tense match though like most Venus matches. :lol:

SV_Fan
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:37 PM
That's a Williams sister for you. Get behiond and then fight back and win.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
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TennisGuy21
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:39 PM
great win for you Venus, Akiko was playing great up till that last stretch, and it was smart to start picking on her forehand. Clean it up and get a good warm up tomorrow so we can take down Maria.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:40 PM
Would someone please knock her pathetic ass out of here? She is sucking major and doesnt deserve to win this title.. I cant believe it, but im rooting for Maria :unsure: :o

Vut
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:40 PM
:yeah:

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:40 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:42 PM
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.Andrew.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:43 PM
*phew*

Nice choke by Akiko at 53 in the final set.

Venus :help: :banana: I'm just happy that she won. The only positive I can take out from this is that she fought like a lion out there. She will need ALOT of help if she wants to beat Sharapova because in this form, she won't even take it to 3.

Please improve for your match vs. Sharapova now Venus! :rocker2:

Avid Merrion
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:44 PM
:D well done Venus!! although i was worried for a bit there......:unsure:

Sportfan
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:48 PM
Congrats to Venus. Good luck in the next round.

Direwolf
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:48 PM
guys...
atleast Venus had a plan B you know..

I mean.. during that Match against Sharapova in Miami..
even when she misses, she still went for broke..
untill she made more errors....
but in this match...
lets compare
Set 2 vs Set 3
UEs
22 vs 9
DFs
11 vs 1

thats a good sign i guess...
and atleast she gained one more round than last year...

cometz9
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:50 PM
Venus :scared: just play better next round!!!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:55 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:57 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 02:58 PM
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Veritas
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:01 PM
Well its the truth. Venus should and could have close this out in 2 sets. Anytime the rally got long Vensu won. Morigami hits with two hands and would not normally be able to contain the power Venus would normally throw at her. That added to the fact that Morigami has an average serve at best and she should lose in straights. Venus won the 2nd set 62. had 3 bps to go up 2-0. hit a few errors lost that game. @ 1-1 she hit 3 dfs 1 UE, and morigami hit 1 winner and 1 UE.
Another case in point. at 5-1 in the second. venus hit 4 DF!!!! but still held serve.
And after breakign Morigami at 5-2 to go up 5-3 she hit 2/3 dfs and a few UE again. And its not even jsut about the UE. Venus was not serving well and not hitting well. She was taking pace off and playing higher % tennis then she normally would. So yes Venus let Morigami in this match.

"LET" her in the match means Venus would've DELIBERATELY served poorly and made UEs. Unless she planned to battle it out 7-5 in the third, I doubt that's the case.

Instead of saying Akiko "should lose in straights" ( :rolleyes: ), Venus' poor play could also mean she should NOT have won the match. However, Venus won the match and it's credit to her she pulled through despite those UEs.

Although Akiko's serve may not be the best, it was not the worst and she had other qualities in her game which helped win the points. She made only half the DFs that Venus made (7 compared to 14). And when it came to winning points on first serves, Akiko's figure was 60% while Venus' was 65% - ONLY a 5% difference separating the two.

I agree that Venus' poor serving was decisive. She had more DFs and won less on 1st serve percentages. However, just as you can use to "if" game to make a case for what "could've been" for Venus, we could also argue that had Akiko not taken advantage of it, she would've lost in a less tighter scoreline. This is more plausible than saying the points Akiko won was due to Venus' unusual sense of generosity.

As for total winners, instead of Venus blowing Akiko out of the water - which you're trying to make it look like - it was 26 for Venus and 23 for Akiko. Again, these figures indicated the match was closely contested. Although there are limits to having a double-handed forehand and backhand, it produces power and that's why despite being much shorter than Venus, Akiko was able to hold her own in much of the points.

And to address your main point, Venus did have a high number of UEs (42). But Akiko wasn't fantastic in that respect, recording 36 of her own. Since there's only a 6 point difference between the two, you could hardly make a case of the score being close ONLY because Venus "let her in".

I agree that an "in-form" Venus would've had a less tougher time closing out the match. However, you pointed out that Venus was "not hitting well" and "not serving well". If Akiko was the mediocre player you tried to make her look like, she would've lost in straight sets like Sromova did. It's sad that no matter if Venus wins or loses, people like you set out to give her a bad name by deriding her opponents and pissing other fans off in the process.

servenrichie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:06 PM
Would someone please knock her pathetic ass out of here? She is sucking major and doesnt deserve to win this title.. I cant believe it, but im rooting for Maria :unsure: :o
If she wins it, then she deserves it. Root for whomever you wish you pathetic ass:o

servenrichie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:12 PM
"LET" her in the match means Venus would've DELIBERATELY served poorly and made UEs. Unless she planned to battle it out 7-5 in the third, I doubt that's the case.

Instead of saying Akiko "should lose in straights" ( :rolleyes: ), Venus' poor play could also mean she should NOT have won the match. However, Venus won the match and it's credit to her she pulled through despite those UEs.

Although Akiko's serve may not be the best, it was not the worst and she had other qualities in her game which helped win the points. She made only half the DFs that Venus made (7 compared to 14). And when it came to winning points on first serves, Akiko's figure was 60% while Venus' was 65% - ONLY a 5% difference separating the two.

I agree that Venus' poor serving was decisive. She had more DFs and won less on 1st serve percentages. However, just as you can use to "if" game to make a case for what "could've been" for Venus, we could also argue that had Akiko not taken advantage of it, she would've lost in a less tighter scoreline. This is more plausible than saying the points Akiko won was due to Venus' unusual sense of generosity.

As for total winners, instead of Venus blowing Akiko out of the water - which you're trying to make it look like - it was 26 for Venus and 23 for Akiko. Again, these figures indicated the match was closely contested. Although there are limits to having a double-handed forehand and backhand, it produces power and that's why despite being much shorter than Venus, Akiko was able to hold her own in much of the points.

And to address your main point, Venus did have a high number of UEs (42). But Akiko wasn't fantastic in that respect, recording 36 of her own. Since there's only a 6 point difference between the two, you could hardly make a case of the score being close ONLY because Venus "let her in".

I agree that an "in-form" Venus would've had a less tougher time closing out the match. However, you pointed out that Venus was "not hitting well" and "not serving well". If Akiko was the mediocre player you tried to make her look like, she would've lost in straight sets like Sromova did. It's sad that no matter if Venus wins or loses, people like you set out to give her a bad name by deriding her opponents and pissing other fans off in the process.
For all the long essay you have written, tell me, what exactly has Akiko achieved before this match and what will she be achieving tommorrow?
Answer that honestly and you know that your long essay is totally uneccessary:rolleyes:

And whether you like to hear it or not, No offense , but Akiko IS a mediocre player, a journey woman. No more and no less.

Larrybidd
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:13 PM
The amazing thing about this match was Venus comming back from 15-40, while serving in the rain that last game. I was yelling at the TV for her to quit playing when she got back to deuce. I can't imagine her trying to hit a serve with that much rain in your eyes on the toss. I've tried it and I can't do it. I guess she wanted to get it over with, more than she hated trying to serve in the rain.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:16 PM
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junlee_vee
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:18 PM
The amazing thing about this match was Venus comming back from 15-40, while serving in the rain that last game. I was yelling at the TV for her to quit playing when she got back to deuce. I can't imagine her trying to hit a serve with that much rain in your eyes on the toss. I've tried it and I can't do it. I guess she wanted to get it over with, more than she hated trying to serve in the rain.

Ah but see that's when the attitude and the fight in Venus became even more apparent. It's almost like she said "**** this rain, I'm closing it out NOW!":lol:

Larrybidd
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:20 PM
For all the long essay you have written, tell me, what exactly has Akiko achived before this match and what will she be archieving tommorrow?
Answer that honestly and you would find out that your long essay is totally uneccessary:rolleyes:

I don't know what Morigami has done before, or what her rank is. But I agree with others, that she played very well, played a game well suited for grass, and at age 27, is not some scared rookie. Contrary to many fans belief, the difference in talent between the top 10 and players ranked in the 80's is not nearly what it used to be in the women's game. Its different these days.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:24 PM
:yippee: CONGRATS, MISS V STAR WILLIE!:yeah:

Paneru
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:29 PM
Great pics Mark!
Thanks!

Just watched again on NBC,
Venus, those shorts! Hmmm..... :drool:

Paneru
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:30 PM
Great pics Mark!
Thanks!

Just watched again on NBC,
Venus, those shorts! Hmmm..... :drool:

Ellery
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:37 PM
Akiko :bigcry: So close.

Congrats Vee.

Calypso
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:39 PM
:eek: My palms were sweaty at the end of the match! I couldn't
even watch the last few games seated!

Oh Venus!
I was so worried she would lose when her forehand
was spraying errors mid 3rd set, then when broken for 3-5*,
she had a look of defiance on her face and I started to hope!

It was like she pressed a magic button and hardly made an error
from 3-5 down, blasting down monster serves and running Akiko
side to side!

I wanted Venus to stop playing when she seemed to be distracted
by the rain serving for the match at 6-5! To pull it out from
15-40 down with superb serving and aggression was:worship: .
This will stand her in good stead in coming matches. She won't
go down easily!

Morigami is such a solid player, and with a better serve, might
have won. She has an amazingly calm temperament.

Now the battle of two former champions! Its a pity that Maria's
run now comes to an end in the 4th round!;)

nikita771
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:43 PM
Great pics Mark!
Thanks!

Just watched again on NBC,
Venus, those shorts! Hmmm..... :drool:

The Today show is on my NBC. Tennis is not scheduled to come on until 10 CST. There is a hour break between ESPN's coverage ending and NBC's coverage beginning.

servenrichie
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:45 PM
I don't know what Morigami has done before, or what her rank is. But I agree with others, that she played very well, played a game well suited for grass, and at age 27, is not some scared rookie. Contrary to many fans belief, the difference in talent between the top 10 and players ranked in the 80's is not nearly what it used to be in the women's game. Its different these days.
I agree Akiko played very well, but also because Venus more than helped her. That's the point.

Paneru
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:46 PM
The Today show is on my NBC. Tennis is not scheduled to come on until 10 CST. There is a hour break between ESPN's coverage ending and NBC's coverage beginning.

Came on here est, @ 10am.

ce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:47 PM
well done vee
fiuhh

Calypso
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:49 PM
Phew! Gr8 comeback Venus!

Akiko, nice try. She definitely forced Venus to pull out her best stuff to win.
Now beat Maria!

:inlove:
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:49 PM
Venus. :help: x1000000
Thank the Lord. :rolleyes: Please. You HAVE GOT TO STEP IT UP.

tennisjunky
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:53 PM
And can I say BS at all the people who were suddenly supporting MOrigami. what a load of crap. It's pathetic to chear againt a player just cuz you dont' like them. And it's rude to Morigami, she doesn't bs supporters.stupid comment! do you follow any other sport? its normal to root against other teams and nothing is wrong with that. this is entertainment and competition rooting for and against people makes things more interesting. tons of people cheer against the yankees or the lakers- what's the big deal?

tennis fans need to lighten up it's just a sport. cheer for who you want and root against whoever you like it's all part of the fun.

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 03:59 PM
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:00 PM
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Tennisaddict
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:05 PM
Being a Venus fan is not good for your health since 2003 :lol:
Venus was playing awful but Im so proud of her for pulling this one out.
One very positive difference I saw from Venus at the end of the match is that she was screaming Cm on a lot clenching her fist and she had this fierce look in her eyes. She finally shook her pokerface of.

I so hope she will play better tomorrow because she will have to if she is going to advance to the quarterfinals.

AcesHigh
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
stupid comment! do you follow any other sport? its normal to root against other teams and nothing is wrong with that. this is entertainment and competition rooting for and against people makes things more interesting. tons of people cheer against the yankees or the lakers- what's the big deal?

tennis fans need to lighten up it's just a sport. cheer for who you want and root against whoever you like it's all part of the fun.

In other sports, you root against a TEAM... not an individual. You are rooting against a jersey. A comparison cannot be made.

I think it's fine to root for the underdog, or root against someone so your fave won't have to face them, or b/c the outcome will have some effect on your fave, but to root against someone solely because you don't like that individual?? IMO, that's not right, esp since Venus has done nothing wrong.

Derek.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:13 PM
Nice choke Akiko. :rolleyes:

That's why certain players will never be top players because they can't close out matches like this.

Veritas
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:19 PM
For all the long essay you have written, tell me, what exactly has Akiko achieved before this match and what will she be achieving tommorrow?
Answer that honestly and you know that your long essay is totally uneccessary:rolleyes:

And whether you like to hear it or not, No offense , but Akiko IS a mediocre player, a journey woman. No more and no less.

Either you didn't read my post, or you didn't get the point.

What Akiko achieved in prior to this match should not be the main focus. What happened in THIS match is.

When some "fans" decide to deride her by saying that Venus' errors and poor serve were the ONLY factors, they're dismissing things that came from Akiko's racquet as well. THAT was the point.

And if you think Akiko is "mediocre", fine, if it's your opinion only. I happen to disagree.

wetfre
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:52 PM
I cant to see Venus win and shut 95% of the people on this board mouth. :P

gocanadago
Jul 2nd, 2007, 04:55 PM
My god I was scared at the end but I'm happy you got through it! Well done Venus! :bounce:

Slutiana
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:01 PM
venus is getting her ass sued by me!!:mad:

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:04 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:05 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:05 PM
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MrSerenaWilliams
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:06 PM
Glad Venus got through. But she REALLY needs to step it up in her next match for SURE!

Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:09 PM
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Mark Spruce
Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
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~Cherry*Blossom~
Jul 2nd, 2007, 07:01 PM
I'm so glad that I went back to sleep at 11am and woke up when Venus was serving at 6-5. I actually thought Venus fought back in the second, then when I saw 1-1 in the sets column I was scared :lol:

At least you got through Venus.

Good luck in the next round :hug:

AJZ.
Jul 2nd, 2007, 07:05 PM
Nice choke Akiko. :rolleyes:

That's why certain players will never be top players because they can't close out matches like this.

It's not like she's been in this situation fifteen times either; she's never reached the Round of 16 at any Grand Slam. She was really nervous. Next time she's in a similar situation, she'll be more at ease, perhaps.
Let's not forget, she only just one her first title recently ;)

Akiko :hug: Really won me over :)
Hopefully you and Gajdosova can upset Husarova/Shaughnessy in doubles :)

-VSR-
Jul 2nd, 2007, 09:16 PM
Anyway, onto Venus. I don't know what she was thinking in the second set. She really just gave it away with all of the double-faults and no belief in her game. I'm glad that she turned it around late in the third set and showed some fight and great shots. I hope she's ready for Sharapova tomorrow because it's going to be tough.

GracefulVenus
Jul 2nd, 2007, 09:18 PM
Sharapova will cream this error run Venus.

you wish! Go Venus!

raquel
Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:02 AM
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:yeah: Exactly.

OK not vintage Venus, but 3-5 down she was the one who went for big shots, fast serves, and got the job done. The match is over, she's in round 4 and tomorrow's another day. Great fight Venus yet again :yeah:

LindsayRulz
Jul 3rd, 2007, 12:04 AM
:yeah: Now up your game against Maria tomorrow!

Infiniti2001
Jul 3rd, 2007, 01:04 AM
Nice choke Akiko. :rolleyes:

That's why certain players will never be top players because they can't close out matches like this.


Choke my ass :rolleyes: Venus stunk up the place big time, but from 3-5 she did what she had to do to avoid getting the Japanese boot :lol:

Uranium
Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:17 AM
VENUS IS SUCH A GREAT FIGHTER, SHE DOES GOOD WHEN SHE'S DOWN, I LOVE IT!:drool:
VICTIMS IN COMEBACK WINS FOR VENUS:
CAPRIATI 2001 MIAMI FINAL SAVED MPS
HENIN 2002 AMELIA ISLAND FINAL CAME BACK FROM 6-2 4-0 DOWN TO WIN 2-6 7-5 7-6(5)
DAVENPORT WIMBLEDON 2005 FINAL SAVED MP
KUDRYAVTSEVA WIMBLEDON 2007 1ST ROUND FROM 6-2 2-0 DOWN AND 3-1 AND 5-4 DOWN IN 3RD SET
MORIGAMI WIMBLEDON 2007 3RD ROUND SAVED 9 SET POINT IN SECONG SET AND CAME BACK FROM 5-3 DOWN TO WIN 7-5

LucasArg
Jul 3rd, 2007, 02:21 AM
Come on Venus!!! :wavey:

davidmario
Jul 4th, 2007, 04:40 PM
I need a sedative. Venus will win easily against Sharapova, trust me.

:hatoff: