American tennis player Venus Williams browses through an art gallery in Moscow on September 30, 2002. Williams is visiting the Russian capital to play in the Kremlin Cup tournament. REUTERS/Kivrin-Golovanov
Oct 1st, 2002, 07:47 PM
Venus Williams vs. Maggie Maleeva
Tied 2-2; Maleeva leads 2-0 Indoors; Williams leads 1-0 in 2002
1995-10-30 Oakland Indoor Carpet QF Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 6-2 6-3
1998-01-12 Sydney Hardcourt QF Venus Williams (USA) 6-2 6-2
2001-02-12 Nice Indoor Carpet SF Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 7-6(8) 6-4
2002-01-14 Australian Open Hardcourt R16 Venus Williams (USA) 6-0 6-3
Oct 1st, 2002, 11:53 PM
:mad: Another day until Venus:sad:
Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:27 AM
I miss you Venus...tennis is not the same without you...welcome back!
Oct 2nd, 2002, 06:09 AM
True Dat. I love VENUS WILLIAMS.:bounce: :) :wavey: ;) :bounce:
Oct 2nd, 2002, 01:23 PM
Let's go Queen Vee!!! :bounce: :bounce: I have n't forgotten you , it's just that time has not been good to me . :bounce:
Oct 2nd, 2002, 04:52 PM
(Kremlin Cup - Moscow, RUS) Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Venus Williams pose with Moscow's biggest tennis fan, Mayor Yuri Luzhkov
Oct 2nd, 2002, 07:06 PM
Order of Play - Thursday 3 October 2002
Center Court (from 11.00h)
V.Williams vs. Maleeva :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Not before 15.00h
Dementieva vs. Bovina
Not before 17.00h
Petrova vs. Kournikova
Court 1 (from 11.00h)
Serna vs. Davenport
Matevzic vs. Safina
Court 2 (from 13.00h)
Dechy vs. Shaughnessy
Grande / Serna vs. Bovina / Dechy
Oct 3rd, 2002, 11:17 PM
Venus Williams loses in second round of Kremlin Cup
By LEONID CHIZHOV
Associated Press Writer
October 3, 2002
MOSCOW (AP) -- Magdalena Maleeva upset top-seeded Venus Williams 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) Thursday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.
Williams, who had a first-round bye, looked tired and had trouble with her returns against the 27-year-old Bulgarian.
On the men's side, top-seeded Marat Safin beat Brazil's Andre Sa 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5. Fifth-seeded Roger Federer beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-1, 6-4 and will face Safin in the quarterfinals Friday. Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov also advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nicolas Kiefer.
Williams acknowledged she did not play her best match against Maleeva.
``You know, I didn't play for three weeks and I'm really tired,'' said Williams, who was playing in her first match since losing to her sister, Serena, in the U.S. Open finals. ``She (Maleeva) played really well, she played good at the right points.
``I made a lot of mistakes. It wasn't always going the best from me.''
In the decisive third set, Maleeva went up 3-1 on a break, but Williams evened it at 3 and both held serve to force a tiebreaker.
At 2-2 in the tiebreaker, Williams double faulted for the eighth time in the match, and Maleeva won the next three points to take a 6-2 lead. Maleeva closed the match with a powerful serve.
Williams will next play at the season-ending WTA Championships in Los Angeles from November 6-11.
``I want another break. It's nice to be at home,'' Williams said. ``It's quite difficult to play all year. Then you need a break because even if you do go home you have to practice.
``There is not a moment you can be away from tennis. Right now, I think it's my problem that I need to be away and do other things in my life.''
In other second-round play Thursday, third-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Spanish qualifier Magui Serna 6-4, 6-3.
Davenport was playing her first match since the U.S. Open.
``I really did not know when I would be ready to play after the U.S. Open,'' Davenport said. ``I was really happy I felt healthy after New York, and I really wanted to play here. ... I'd never been here.''
In other results, Elena Bovina upset ninth-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. France's Nathalie Dechy ousted Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States 6-3, 6-3 and will meet Maleeva in the quarterfinals.
Nadia Petrova of Russia reached the quarterfinals when Anna Kournikova withdrew from the tournament after injuring her left ankle during her doubles match Wednesday.
Tests done Thursday morning showed Kournikova partially ruptured her left ankle ligament.