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henryj2001
Aug 5th, 2002, 12:50 AM
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CESSY
Aug 5th, 2002, 02:39 AM
congrats VENUS

CESSY
Aug 5th, 2002, 02:40 AM
GO GIRL:wavey: :lick:

WilliamzX2
Aug 5th, 2002, 01:57 PM
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CARLSBAD -- It was on the second point of the final game of the last set of Sunday's Acura Classic final.

Even though she had an upset stomach and an aching body, Jelena Dokic was driven to keep plotting winning shots on each point. So Dokic hit a nice forehand return of serve. She pushed her opponent farther and farther back on the court. She kept her opponent running, on the defensive.

When the opponent had to lunge forward to scoop a forehand back, Dokic played a beautiful lob. The ball climbed high, toward the sun, and dropped gently on the baseline. The opponent swung, all long arms and desperation and the ball came back. Dokic didn't give up. She hit a drop shot, a clever ploy against almost any player who had been pinned so deep by a lob.

"In two steps she was there," Dokic said later, in awe and wonderment. "What can you do?"

The opponent ended up winning the point. Dokic walked back to the service line. She was laughing.

What else could she do?

A desperate search for signs of life from the non-Williams portion of the women's tour has proven hopeless so far this summer.

Venus Williams, the opponent, won her third consecutive Acura Classic title. She beat Dokic, 6-2, 6-2, in 55 minutes. The title was Williams' 27th. Williams keeps track of the numbers even if history isn't in her sights yet. For example, Martina Navratilova has won 167 tournaments. Williams has four Grand Slam titles. Margaret Smith Court has 24.

Maybe, Williams said, if she had started taking tennis more seriously when she was younger, the record chase might seem more compelling.

"But then," Williams said, "I might be tired of tennis by now."

There is a sense of purpose to Williams. She is 22, a young woman who is aware of her responsibilities and her place in the game. And that place is on top everywhere and all the time except when her younger sister, Serena, is playing.

Her opponents speak of being able to beat Williams only if, as Dokic said, "she commits 50 or 60 unforced errors."

Looking ahead to Sunday's final, Lindsay Davenport had said: "It's hard to imagine Venus not winning. Is that mean to say?"

Not at all.

All the vanquished women here left as happy losers, which is a mark of Williams' domination.

Dokic beat Jennifer Capriati in three tough sets, then came back 12 hours later to beat Anna Kournikova in an emotional matchup in which the crowd impassionedly backed Kournikova.

This was a good week for the 19-year-old who has advanced her career in spite of her father-coach, Damir, who has a history of drunken and abusive behavior at tournaments.

Kournikova made it to the semifinals of a big tournament for the first time in forever and she couldn't stop smiling, even after losing to Dokic. Finally, it seems, Kournikova has decided to be serious about nurturing the fabulous athletic ability she has. Kournikova has the graceful speed of Steffi Graf and the creativity to hit solid volleys and exceptional drop shots.

If only Kournikova could conjure up Graf's mental fortitude and find, somewhere, the desire to work into top physical shape. Kournikova always seems to have a muscle pull or the need to have some body part wrapped tightly.

Davenport is not used to taking beatings like the one Williams gave her Saturday night, 6-2, 6-1. But this was Davenport's second tournament after a nine-month injury layoff. She still is searching for her serve and trying to regain her timing. Reaching the semifinals of her first two tournaments left Davenport relatively content.

The Williams' sisters, Venus and Serena, have an entirely different outlook. Everybody else is looking for nuggets of joy in the debris of their losses to the sisters. Venus and Serena march ahead counting the days until they get to the finals of another Grand Slam.

Dokic bravely said that she was "not so far away" from beating Venus or Serena. Some tightening up on her groundstrokes, a little more power on her serves and returns, "minimal changes," Dokic said, "would make a big difference."

After knee surgery in January, Davenport has returned to the tennis court in the best condition of her life. She is thinner than she has ever been, the better to run down those Williams' pounding groundstrokes, and she has been a champion, a three-time Grand Slam winner, a former No. 1.

But after losing to Venus Saturday night, Davenport said that what she had faced from Venus, in terms of power and variety and steadiness, "was on another level" higher than anybody she had played in the previous two weeks.

Monica Seles is injured, again. Jennifer Capriati has become heavier and slower and crankier in the last six months. Capriati had nothing much to offer in the third set against Dokic here in the quarterfinals. She is losing serious ground to Venus and Serena.

This week Serena returns to the WTA tour at the Manhattan Beach tournament.

From where will her challenge come? Kim Clijsters won a set from Venus here. Could she win two from Serena? Maybe Davenport's progress will go warp speed. In any case, the search for life continues.

Diane Pucin can be reached at: diane.pucin@latimes.com

WilliamzX2
Aug 5th, 2002, 02:02 PM
There's No Lull in Venus' World
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By LISA DILLMAN, Times Staff Writer


CARLSBAD -- For those who looked at Venus Williams' sad face and glistening eyes after she lost for the first time in three years at Wimbledon, wondering about her immediate future after a devastating loss to her younger sister Serena, those concerns have been rendered moot by back-to-back titles in California.

This was not like 1999 all over again.

After Venus watched Serena win the 1999 U.S. Open she went into an emotional and physical tailspin, missing the first four months of 2000 with tendinitis in both wrists. But four Grand Slam singles titles have a way of improving someone's recuperative powers and self-belief.

After losing to Serena in a well-played final at Wimbledon, Venus has responded by losing only one set in two hard-court tournaments. That included a 6-2, 6-2 victory in 55 minutes over a weakened Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia in the Acura Classic final Sunday at La Costa Resort and Spa. For the top-seeded Williams, it was her third consecutive championship here, a first at this tournament.

She was loose on the court, losing serve only once, hitting six aces, 23 winners and, more important, committing only 24 unforced errors. A bit of summertime cleaning took care of the latter annoying problem, reducing an unacceptable 73 unforced errors against Kim Clijsters in a three-set quarterfinalto a more acceptable number.

Having taken care of those matters, Williams turned her attention to the mundane during the trophy presentation, going on an amusing riff about cutting down on her speeding tickets and her conversation with a Samsung vice president earlier in the tournament. She has been talking here about having no remote control for her TV, meaning the channel stays on Lifetime Network, all day and all night.

"He promised to update me," she said, and apparently the "update" may be something in the form of a flat-screen TV.

She was enjoying talking about all her new gifts but seemed coy about a shiny new ring on her left hand, talking with reporters in the hallway on Saturday night.

"I'm too young to be engaged," said the 22-year-old. "Not this girl."

The way things are going for her opponents, the distraction of a Williams' engagement or marriage might be their only chance. Williams has won six titles in 2002 and three of her six losses this year have been to Serena. The others were to Monica Seles at the Australian Open, Sandrine Testud (who has now retired) at Dubai and Clijsters at Hamburg in May.

If anything, Venus seems increasingly engaged.

"I'm always counting the numbers now for titles," she said. "This was 27.... I really got interested this year because it started to be a [bigger] number than it used to be. I'm never going to get close to [Martina] Navratilova. I don't know if I can make it that far because I'm not sure I can play as long as she did."

The Venus-Serena Era is becoming a lot like the days of Navratilova-Chris Evert. They may be pushing one another, continually raising the bar, but the gap between the top two and the rest of the field is widening.

Davenport, 26, a former No. 1, took only three games from Venus in the semifinals and was losing consistently to both sisters even before her knee injury.

Of the younger challengers, there is Clijsters. And anyone with Dokic's groundstrokes and attitude should be taken seriously. At La Costa, the 19-year-old, seeded sixth, made a breakthrough by beating Jennifer Capriati for the first time and was pleasantly surprised by reaching the final, acknowledging the support of her boyfriend, Formula One driver Enrique Bernoldi of Brazil.

She said she was weakened by a stomach virus in her semifinal against Anna Kournikova--in which she saved two match points--and needed the attention of a doctor before Sunday's final. Still, the culprit may be too much tennis and suspect scheduling. Dokic is supposed to play this week at Manhattan Beach, followed by Montreal and New Haven, Conn., which would be five consecutive weeks of tournaments.

"I've beaten some very good players this week," Dokic said. "It was a little disappointing today. Considering how I was feeling, I don't think I could have done very much today."