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pollison
May 25th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Typically sloppy performance from Venus so early in a Grand Slam...but she is through!:)

Lin Lin
May 25th, 2009, 01:28 PM
:bounce::bounce:

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 25th, 2009, 01:29 PM
What a hot mess by Venus in the 2nd set :help:

#1SteffiGraf#1
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
"SANDS played well on CLAY"

Inger67
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Just take out the second set and Venus will have a good scoreline :D Good job Vee! Way to get through.

manga
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Venus come on you can do better than that

Harvs
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
well shes through:) yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

John.
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Congrats Venus

Lin Lin
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Go,Venus:bounce:
Second serve has some problems,but still very impressive:worship:

Andy.
May 25th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Typical Venus early round performance. She played really well during the book end sets but had a typical lapse in the second but Im glad she is thru. Well done Venus!!!

volta
May 25th, 2009, 01:31 PM
Venus just doing enough to win but wasn't expecting Beth to raise her lvl on the second i guess :lol: anyway typical 1st round Venus, a win is a win and now she's on round 2 woot :bounce:

Dini.
May 25th, 2009, 01:31 PM
Hot mess, but a win is a win. GL in the next round Vee. :yeah:

And play better please ;)

Bijoux0021
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
What a hot mess by Venus in the 2nd set :help:
Yes indeed!

Temperenka
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
A little surprised by Bethanie! Good for her to get a set!

Clean up your game for R2 Venus!! Good job to get through :)

tennismaster8820
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Oh Venus, should have been in two sets, but yeah I agree win is a win! :yeah:
Please play better in next rounds!

Rising Sun
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Vee, phew. Step it up, please! :o

Bad luck Beth :sad:

дalex
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Beth :sobbing:

Adaora
May 25th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Venus seemed annoyingly nonchalant in the 2nd set at times... She's through to the next round, that's all that matters.
Congrats Miss Venus! Rest up for wimbledon Beth!

~Cherry*Blossom~
May 25th, 2009, 01:33 PM
PLEASE IMPROVE YOUR SERVE VENUS!

Mattek was just raping it in the 2nd set and Mattek's first serve percentage was at 41% during that set :tape:

At least you won :hug:

:inlove:
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Venus yelling come on was :inlove:
Other than that it was a load of shit.

Dodoboy.
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
HotMessenus :inlove:

I am just glad she's through! Straight sets would be nice, but she wasn't on court too long :)

Good stats too, it was a nice match. Beth had some brilliant patches!

Sportfan
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Glad Venus got through. She raised her level in the last set and I hope she will continue to improve as the tournament goes on.

olympus28
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
haha relief!

Plz fix u're trouble on second set on clay...

chris_d08
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
well venus is through....u could almost see Mattek-Sands couldnt believe herself that she was hitting those 2 serve returns...just about after every one she was smiling as if she couldnt believe she was doing it....but oh well...venus played well when i counted

olympus28
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Venus yelling come on was :inlove:
Other than that it was a load of shit.

haha the come on was so cute

Infiniti2001
May 25th, 2009, 01:34 PM
After the 2nd set, my mind went back to this day in 2001 :eek: I'll have a good Memorial day after all :lol: Meanwhile, what's up with Venus and the 2nd set ? :unsure:

Nickk
May 25th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Glad she's through :)

Did Beth seriously hit more winners than Vee? Those RG stats seem to be as messed up as ever..

tennismaster8820
May 25th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Venus yelling come on was :inlove:
Other than that it was a load of shit.

Yes point for 40/15 when serving for match! :hearts:

The Dawntreader
May 25th, 2009, 01:35 PM
These wins go hand-in hand with Venus at the French. I thought she was moving superbly for the most part and her first and final sets were solid and secure. The second set less so, but Mattek really did up the tempo.

Mattek tried to play inspired, but she just hasn't got the game to do so consistently. She's a really scrappy competitor though. Good performance from her :)

Venus will have to continue to work and play better but as long as she wins, it's all good;)

H.A.M.
May 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
I'd rather see her struggle in the first rounds and then blossom than playing like the BOSS in the first round and get kicked out right after (like she always do). You go girl!

brehondavis
May 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
Well honestly I think Bethanie raised her level and started mixing things up in the second set; not to mention she attacked Venus's second serve. Venus had a few more errors but I don't think it was that bad of a match for a first round. Venus also had more winners than errors...so..on to the next round.!!!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VENUS!!!

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 01:37 PM
:woohoo: Happy days!

The Dawntreader
May 25th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Yes point for 40/15 when serving for match! :hearts:

I like it when Venus is more vocal:lol:

It gives her a boost too.

Lord Choc Ice
May 25th, 2009, 01:38 PM
Please improve Venus or Suarez Navarro Pt. 2 will happen. Thank you. ;)

homogenius
May 25th, 2009, 01:39 PM
Job done but losing a set to Mattek on clay :lol:

Mattek needs to lose weight if she wants to achieve anything relevant.

...and Venus needs another outfit.

Direwolf
May 25th, 2009, 01:39 PM
Please improve Venus or Suarez Navarro Pt. 2 will happen. Thank you. ;)

Venus hit 23 winners
Mattek hit 24 winners...

Pusherenus?

Libertango
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
I just hate being a Venus fan early on in GSs (esp RG!) but at least she won well enough. :D I wonder if Liscki is next... she's down a set.

RenaSlam.
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
A wins a win. Good luck in R2, Venus.

Nice fight, Bethanie.

Michael!
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
At least a win :)
Venus at RG is :cuckoo:, she can lose to any player here, but also can play pretty good tennis..

Now hopefully against Sabine :drool: :awww:
Would be satisfied then no matter who wins :inlove:

2moretogo
May 25th, 2009, 01:43 PM
I think these first few matches are going to be hard, though I wish that she would have finished in 2. I find myself agreeing with Martina, she can't expect to win with this pattern.

vwfan
May 25th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Venus--making it hard on herself and her fans. :rolleyes:

but she won and lives to fight another day.

btw, looooove the dress! even the commentator was like, "I'm no fashion expert, but I like it!":lol:

Cat's Pajamas
May 25th, 2009, 01:45 PM
I think people need to give Beth a little credit. She would have these moments of incredible shotmaking and I think that could throw a lot of top players off. Then again Beth could not return worth crap in that last set because she was going suicidal on every serve, even if it was a first. :lol:

I'm kind of glad Venus got a real test first round, it's a wakeup call from the get-go and hopefully she'll be that much more motivated for a tricky second round! :yeah:

V-MAC
May 25th, 2009, 01:45 PM
Well done Vee. I was a little worried after the 2nd set but thankfully she got through. She will have to find more consistent serves against Lisicki/Safarova though. Come on Vee :bounce:

vwfan
May 25th, 2009, 01:45 PM
I think people need to give Beth a little credit. She would have these moments of incredible shotmaking and I think that could throw a lot of top players off. Then again Beth could not return worth crap in that last set because she was going suicidal on every serve, even if it was a first. :lol:

I'm kind of glad Venus got a real test first round, it's a wakeup call from the get-go and hopefully she'll be that much more motivated for a tricky second round! :yeah:agreed.

she won and that is what is important.

back to the practice courts, because the next round will be tougher and she'll get punished for lapses.

ElusiveChanteuse
May 25th, 2009, 01:46 PM
Vee :)

supergrunt
May 25th, 2009, 01:46 PM
well she got through it

Tennisstar86
May 25th, 2009, 01:48 PM
Yes indeed!

Can we change the thread to Venus "hot mess" williams?

Привет
May 25th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Thank goodness, Venus!

Please improve, you won't get away with a shite performance against either Safarova or Lisicki!

Bijoux0021
May 25th, 2009, 01:54 PM
well venus is through....u could almost see Mattek-Sands couldnt believe herself that she was hitting those 2 serve returns...just about after every one she was smiling as if she couldnt believe she was doing it....but oh well...venus played well when i counted
I know. She was having fun blasting Venus' 2nd serve in the 2nd set.

sweetpeas
May 25th, 2009, 01:56 PM
You know Venus!I love you!

Infiniti2001
May 25th, 2009, 01:57 PM
Can we change the thread to Venus "hot mess" williams?

I beg to differ. The 2nd set was not as bad as some are making it out to be :rolleyes: Let's face it, this has been a pattern with Venus pretty much through out her career.

Direwolf
May 25th, 2009, 01:58 PM
I knee Venus wouldnt lose after she gave Sands one of her looks...
hitting that shot to Venus is a shame!!

:inlove:
May 25th, 2009, 01:58 PM
What was the name of the commentator on atdhe? I really enjoyed her. :hearts:

Zweli
May 25th, 2009, 01:59 PM
A win is a win .come on fee clean it up next time

Bijoux0021
May 25th, 2009, 02:01 PM
I knee Venus wouldnt lose after she gave Sands one of her looks...
hitting that shot to Venus is a shame!!
I missed that look. Which one was it?

zxcVbnm88
May 25th, 2009, 02:15 PM
her 2nd round opponent is still unknown

Infiniti2001
May 25th, 2009, 02:27 PM
haha the come on was so cute


-ZME3gEmAaw

¤CharlDa¤
May 25th, 2009, 02:47 PM
One down :D

Loving the come on!

bobbynorwich
May 25th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Nice work, Venus back to good form.

Radix2
May 25th, 2009, 02:57 PM
Venus played very good in the first set but just to be consistent, she had to be a hot mess in the second.

Rumkin
May 25th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Venus, play better next time ;)

vwfan
May 25th, 2009, 03:01 PM
-ZME3gEmAawVenus was finally saying, "OK. Enough practice."
:lol:

jefrilibra
May 25th, 2009, 03:04 PM
Oh Venus ... You were leading 5-0 when I left you and now this. Anyway that was a good practice session.

You need to serve better too from now on.

disco_rage
May 25th, 2009, 03:05 PM
Nice try Beth!

CrossCourt~Rally
May 25th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Congrats Venus!! :bounce: Good Luck in the 2nd rd!:cool:

Beth :hug: . Its rough that she got Vee in the 1st rd because i think she could have win a couple rds here with a better draw :p.

Libertango
May 25th, 2009, 03:08 PM
WOW, I love Venus' dress! :hearts:

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Venus sliding into backhand slices :drool: Love it.

Brena
May 25th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Beth :sad:
But it was a brave fight, such unfortunate draw. :hug:

Sylwiiia
May 25th, 2009, 04:06 PM
A win is a win ;)

Does anyone know if I can watch this match at Eurosport player?

vettipooh
May 25th, 2009, 04:47 PM
I'll take that win. Now step it up, Vee. :yeah: Nice dress. :hearts:

-VSR-
May 25th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Vee! :)

Serenita
May 25th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Venus dress is amazing.
But effing hell, Venus was 3 sets necessary?

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 25th, 2009, 06:00 PM
I only saw the first two sets. Venus wasn't convincing :shrug:

starin
May 25th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Venus losing a set to Mattek on clay :tape::help:
This is 2008 all over again. I hope she makes it out of the 2nd rd :unsure:
Good luck in the next round Venus!!

darrinbaker00
May 25th, 2009, 06:21 PM
Venus dress is amazing.
But effing hell, Venus was 3 sets necessary?
Apparently so. :shrug:

V's a star
May 25th, 2009, 06:46 PM
WOW, I love Venus' dress! :hearts:

i luv ur avatar:hearts: who is it?

supergrunt
May 25th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Venus :yeah: !

young_gunner913
May 25th, 2009, 07:14 PM
Venus :hearts::worship:

Queen Bethanie :crying2: At least you got a set in this time. :hug:

Marshmallow
May 25th, 2009, 07:21 PM
One step closer Venus :D
Still in it, to win it. ^.^

tennis ace
May 25th, 2009, 07:28 PM
Yikes, nothing great about that match her dress was nice. It was also nice to hear Vee pump herself up in that last game at 30-15 with a comon very rare from her. Good luck in round two Vee she needs to play ten times better than that is she still wants a shot at doing well here.

winone23
May 25th, 2009, 07:53 PM
congrats Venus!

VenusSerenaBlvd.
May 25th, 2009, 07:55 PM
funny thing is, I was expecting Venus to find a way to push it to three. mattek-sands did play better in the 2nd, but Venus' serves were not working towards the end of that set. She really needs to jump in her service motion. It's all arm when she misses her first or doubles. She def. needs to clean it up for R2. But then again, Venus plays her way into a tournament. I'd rather have her struggle now than later.

cn ireland
May 25th, 2009, 07:58 PM
Well a win is a win but I thought it'd be a bit easier for Venus!

VenusSerenaBlvd.
May 25th, 2009, 08:08 PM
Well I think Venus really wants to do well on the clay this year. And come on, Mattek was going "lights out" on Venus' serve. It's slower and doesn't have as much pop on the clay, so any player with a good return can whack winners on slower serves. But she still should not have lost that 2nd set. Anyways, Venus needs to have a better strategy on clay. She just can't hit her way through a match here. She can still use her grass game mentality: serve out wide and follow in with a volley. body serves, play behind the opponent, etc. Venus can do it, she just needs to execute.

RenaSlam.
May 25th, 2009, 08:09 PM
Fight, Venus. Fight.

*Jean*
May 25th, 2009, 08:13 PM
Bethanie :sad: But she fought well after an horrible start.

Salve
May 25th, 2009, 08:15 PM
I'm a need you to get it together, Venus. :help:

Direwolf
May 25th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I missed that look. Which one was it?

Similar to the one Serena gave to Maria..
but Venus didnt say anything...

Venus was at the net and
Sands hit the ball to her
:mad::mad::mad:

ChinChin
May 25th, 2009, 10:04 PM
That's a first round so it's not a surprising score coming from Venus :) Go Vee!

Tech1
May 26th, 2009, 12:27 AM
Keep it going Venus!!

sky20748
May 26th, 2009, 12:44 AM
so critical.wonder what would be said if she lost.geez.anyway.she won.played around in the second set but got thru in nice form in the last set so not to worried.yes she does have to clean it up but she is thru.keep going.

tonythetiger
May 26th, 2009, 02:35 AM
WOW, I love Venus' dress! :hearts:

Do you really? I don't care for it at all. It's way too distracting and borderline gaudy. I much prefer the tiedie design than this one.

Oh well, as long as she keeps winning I don't care what she wears. I did love the "come on" after she hit that winner.

~Eclipsed~
May 26th, 2009, 03:09 AM
Wow I cannot believe how many 2nd set losses Venus has had this year. She loves to takes naps during her matches though Bethanie did take it to her at the end of the 2nd.

Keep it going Vee! :D