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GogoGirl
Nov 5th, 2002, 01:00 PM
In a Single Season?


What a fantastic year Ms. PUMA done had. And w/big sis bringing up the rear.


"CONGRATULATIONS SERENA & VENUS" "CONGRATS TO ALL THE WTA PLAYERS"




http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/abs_news_body.asp?section=Sports&OID=7750


Venus vs. Serena one more time


LOS ANGELES - Venus Williams will have one last chance to get the better of little sister Serena when the top-ranked tennis siblings take to the court this week for the season-ending WTA Championships.

But as the curtain comes down on the season there are fears the richest event in women's tennis will end the same way as the last three grand slams, in a family feud with another all-Williams final and defending champion Serena pocketing the winner's share ($765,000) of the $3 million purse.

Fourteen other players have been invited to participate in the WTA's showcase event and all will be hoping Serena and Venus, having seen limited action since they clashed in the final of the U.S. Open, will be rusty and distracted.

Citing fatigue, Serena has not played since early October, withdrawing from events in Filderstadt, Zurich and Linz after claiming her season-leading eighth title in Leipzig.

But the world number one has hardly been at home in Florida recharging her batteries.

Having rocketed up the tennis rankings and the celebrity ladder, the muscular Williams is now a member of Hollywood's A-list and is seen out on the town attending award shows, movie premieres and other high profile non-sporting events.

The younger Williams also recently made a guest appearance as a kindergarten teacher on the television show "My Wife and Kids," and according to reports in the Los Angeles press is keeping herself busy by taking acting lessons.

Still, despite the distractions, there will be few willing to bet against a well-rested and fully motivated Serena, who has utterly dominated the sport this season, winning eight events and 36 of her last 37 matches, including consecutive grand slam triumphs at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Another victory at the WTA Championships will help the 21-year-old Williams become the first women's tennis player to win $4 million in a single season.

Huge honor

"I'm really excited about going to Los Angeles this year and to win there would be the icing on the cake for me," said Serena. "It is a huge honor to play in the Staples Center and I think it will really make all of us want to put on a good show."

The WTA will be desperately hoping for "a good show," having hastily brought its season-ending extravaganza back to the U.S. after the event flopped miserably in Munich last year.

The largest and most lucrative women-only sporting event in the world, the Championships had been a popular fixture at New York's Madison Square Garden from 1979 to 2000.

But the decision to move the event to Germany proved a poor one. The tournament attracted little interest as the season drew to an anti-climactic close, Serena taking the title without lifting a racket when Lindsay Davenport was forced to withdraw from the final through injury.

Now back in the U.S., a line-up top heavy with Americans will ensure crowds at the 20,000-seat Staples Center will have plenty to cheer when play begins Wednesday.

As always, Serena's major competition is likely to be provided by her lanky sister and world number two Venus, who is back at the event for the first time in three years after illness and injuries kept her on the sidelines in 2000 and 2001.

While Venus's year was overshadowed by her sister's amazing accomplishments, her season was not without its successes, having captured seven titles and more than $2 million in prize money.

Australian Open winner Jennifer Capriati will also be hungry to end a string of frustrating defeats at the hands of the Williams sisters and finish her season the way it began, on a positive note.

Monica Seles, three times a winner of the event, is back. She refused to compete in Germany as a protest over the handling of the case involving the stalker who stabbed her in the back in Hamburg and drove her from the game for several years.

The Williams sisters will also have to be wary of the hard-hitting Davenport, who is back near top form after missing most of the season with injury, and Chanda Rubin, the only player to beat Serena in her last 37 matches.

Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters lead the foreign challenge, the two Belgians riding the momentum of recent confidence-boosting wins at the Generali and Seat Opens respectively.

Russians Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva, young Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic, Italy's Silvia Farina Elia, Swiss Patty Schnyder, Israel's Anna Smashnova and Bulgarian Magdalena Maleeva complete the elite field.

Rubylips
Nov 5th, 2002, 02:31 PM
Well done .Ms. Serena Williams.Let the games begin,for the Williams Sisters.

Janet
Nov 5th, 2002, 03:16 PM
To all the haters out their for the Williams, at least media praise their champion abilties and of course they are heading to L.A. Staples Centre both are FAVOURITES!!!!!!!! so weather they are rusty they still get PRAISE!!!!!!!!!!!!! And no matter what happens they both will finish off the year as #1 & 2.............. A Job will done Williams...........CONGRATS!!!!!! on a wonderful year!!

GogoGirl
Nov 5th, 2002, 11:46 PM
The odds are in Serena's favor to win the Finale. I'll put down some $$$$$ on her, and I'd wager some on Venus & mayhaps one more that may sneak thru.





http://www.sportal.com/live_wire/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=betting/02/11/05/manual_213053.html

SUPER SERENA
By Andy Schooler


Betting Box Tipping Guide



BETTING BOX
FIXED ODDS
5pts Serena Williams to win title at evens (William Hill) Proven number one with easy draw.
4pts Henin, Clijsters, Davenport first-round treble at 1.17/1 (William Hill) Three quality players can be relied upon.
2pts Farina Elia to bt Capriati at 3/1 (SportingOdds) Price too big against an out-of-sorts player.



Serena Williams has dominated the women's tennis calendar and it is hard to see past her winning the season-ending WTA Tour Championships which begin on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored this year by Home Depot, is being played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an unsuccessful visit to Munich last year.

An indoor hadcourt has been chosen, but that will matter little to Serena who has shown she can win on any surface after emerging triumphant on clay at the French Open, grass at Wimbledon and the hardcourts of the US Open.

After such a sensational year, it is perhaps a little surprising to see her available at even money to win four matches in LA against a field comprising all but two of the world's top 16.

That price can be put down to the American's chosen inactivity over the past month.


Her last action came in Leipzig back on September 29 - she duly lifted the trophy - and that stretched her latest winning run to 15 matches.

She has only lost four matches this season and none of those players are in her half of the draw in LA.

In fact, Serena could not have been handed a much easier path to the final, with Daniela Hantuchova looking the only serious threat.

As recently as Sunday, Hantuchova was helping Slovakia to the Fed Cup title in the Canary Islands and despite rising to number eight in the WTA rankings, the 'Bratislava Babe' is still struggling agianst the real top names in the sport. She is also playing doubles here and that could catch up with her.


The big names are all packed into the other side of the draw, including the other Williams sister, Venus.

Tennis pundits and fans have been waiting for the elder sibling to hit back in her family battle with Serena all year, but it has failed to materialise.

She has been well and truly beaten in each final of the last three Grand Slams by Serena.

Defeats against other players have been rare and that is reflected in the outright prices. Venus is a best-priced 9/4 - with the rest of field at double-figure odds.

As well as her poor recent record against Serena, Venus also has a tough route through.

Lindsay Davenport, who pushed Serena hardest of all at Flushing Meadows, is a likely last-eight oppenent with Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin possible semi-final foes.


Venus may have the beating of the Belgian pair, but a six-week spell on the sidelines could see her a little rusty.

Clijsters, who beat Venus in Hamburg this season, and Henin could benefit as both have been in good form of late.

Henin won in Linz while Clijsters picked up trophies in Luxembourg and Filderstadt, and also took a set off Serena in the final in Tokyo.

Henin may well have other things on her mind in LA - she marries just five days after Monday's final - and the lower-ranked Clijsters should be taken to win their likely quarter-final.

Clijsters won the Seat Open in Luxembourg, dropping a record low 14 games.

Admittedly, this was against a poor-quality field, but it proved her fine form.

Meanwhile, Davenport - who has reached the quarter-finals or better in every tournament she has played this year - should see off Monica Seles in the first round to set up a clash with Venus.

But despite being the only player to go even close to beating the Williamses at the US Open, she cannot be backed outright a 12/1.

Even if she beat one sister, another would probably await and she has not beaten either player in the last two seasons.

Although Venus remains the most likely player to come through this section, it is playing with fire to back anyone in this half.

And so it's back to even-money Serena.

Anyone worried about the inactivity aspect surrounding the 21-year-old should simply look back to last year.

Then Serena came into the same event having not played since the US Open and duly blitzed her way to victory.

Even money looks good value.

The better way of making money in the bottom section could be in match bets.

Clijsters looks worth backing against Henin, should they play in the last eight, when it will be hard to split the pair with the bookies.

However, it appears the layers have sussed the Davenport-Seles opener.

Davenport will look short for some at 3/10. But not only is she up against a player who has played just one tournament since the US Open due to a foot problem, she also has won the pair's last nine meetings and so Davenport should come good.

Clijsters can also be taken to see off Chanda Rubin at 1/3 in the first round.

Add in Henin (1/4) against Elena Dementieva and you have a 1.17/1 treble at Hills.

One more first-round clash looks worth an interest and that is the match between Jennifer Capriati and Silvia Farina-Elia.

It is a sad reflection on Capriati that she has not been mentioned in relation to the outright betting.

But that follows a year which has seen the former world number one well and truly overtaken by the Williamses.

Of late, the Australian Open champion has looked a shadow of her former self, with her steely resolve deserting her.

She has, at times, looked uninterested on the autumn European circuit and comes to LA having lost four of her last five matches.

Italian Farina Elia is hardly in sparkling form herself - she lost both matches in her country's Fed Cup semi-final against the Slovaks last week - but at 3/1 is way too big with SportingOdds against a player who has a poor record in this end-of-season event.


Punters should note that the action in LA gets under way at 2030GMT on Wednesday.

Preview posted at 2100GMT on 05/11/2002.

QUEENLINDSAY
Nov 5th, 2002, 11:50 PM
The prize money for 2000 to 2002 are triple more than the prize money before. I bet Monica or Steffi earned more if you give the same prize money before for the consecutive titles they won.

GogoGirl
Nov 5th, 2002, 11:53 PM
Lot of history w/this title.




http://www.sportal.com/live_wire/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=international_feed/02/11/05/TENNIS_USA-Los_Angeles_History.html



CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO LA
Serena Williams is gunning for a second successive title at the Home Depot Championships this week.

The undisputed world number one became the first player to win the crown on her debut last year at Olympia Halle in Munich and victory this year will net her 765,000 US dollars.

The prize money has increased significantly in its 30 years.

Here is a brief history of the women's game's season-ending tennis tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Los Angeles:


The first season-ending tournament was an eight-player, claycourt event in Florida in the spring of 1972. It served to crown a champion of the recently concluded Virginia Slims winter season. From the beginning, the tournament has featured a large purse. The initial total of US$100,000 instantly made it the richest event in the history of women's tennis.


Chris Evert won the first two championships, both held in Boca Raton. In 1974, the tournament moved to Los Angeles, where it was held indoors at the Sports Arena. The field was expanded from eight to 16, and the winner's purse increased from US$25,000 to a record US$32,000.


Martina Navratilova made her debut in 1974 and lost to Evert in the final in 1975. In 1977, the event moved again, to Madison Square Garden in New York. But in 1978, it moved west again, to Oakland. There, at the Oakland Coliseum, Navratilova captured the title for the first time.


The following year, Avon took over sponsorship of the event and returned it to New York, where it remained until 2000. The top eight players in the points standings qualified for the 1979 field, which featured a new, double-elimination format and a top prize of US$100,000 dollars.


Virginia Slims returned as the sponsor in 1983, increasing the total purse to a record US$350,000. The field featured the top 15 players in the series points standings.


Several changes were made for the 1984 event. A 16th player was added and the format returned to single elimination. Most significantly, the final was changed to a best-of-five sets format, the only such match in women's tennis. But for the past three years, a best-of-three sets final has returned.


Navratilova dominated the event in the early 1980s, winning it eight times between 1978 and 1986. She actually won the tournament twice in 1986. Once in the spring and again in November when the tournament was switched to its current position at the end of the calendar year. Navratilova would later end her singles career at the 1994 championships, losing to eventual champion Gabriela Sabatini.


Steffi Graf won the tournament in 1987 on the way to finishing the year as the number one ranked player in women's tennis, unseating Navratilova for the first time in five years. Graf also won the event in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 1996, but failed to capture it in 1988, the year she dominated the sport by winning all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in Seoul. She made her final appearance at this event in 1998 and lost to Lindsay Davenport in the semi-finals. Graf retired in 1999 and was honoured in a ceremony during the tournament.


Monica Seles won the tournament three straight years beginning in 1990. She missed the tournament in 1993, 1994 and 1995 while recovering from a stab wound suffered in 1993. Seles returned in 1996, but lost in the first round that year and in 1997 before losing to Graf in the quarter-finals in 1998. She did not compete in 1999 due to a foot injury, but reached the final a year later. Seles qualified but did not participate in 2001 due to her boycott of Germany.


Davenport won her first season-ending event in 1999. She defeated Martina Hingis in that final, but finished 1999 ranked number two in the world behind Hingis. The American advanced to her fourth straight final in 2001, earning the year-end number one ranking, but aggravated a right knee injury in the semi-finals and withdrew from the championships against Serena Williams. Hingis returned in 2000 to beat Seles in the event's final year in New York.


This year's tournament is officially titled The Home Depot Championships presented by Porsche. Home Depot will serve as the tournament's presenting sponsor for the first time. The event will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 16 top players will compete for a top prize of US$765,000 and a total singles purse of US$3million.

"Topaz"
Nov 6th, 2002, 02:47 AM
That's a lot of money for a 21-year old! And that's only prize money; nobody knows what the yearly total will be. Folks, we're talking about Fortune-100 CEO salary range! :cool:

Sharapower
Nov 6th, 2002, 06:40 AM
The kind of article like the one starting the thread is the main reason why I happen to wish V & S lose. The girls are OK but the way they are hyped by some fans and commentators is really upseting : Fourteen other players have been invited to participate in the WTA's showcase event and all will be hoping Serena and Venus, having seen limited action since they clashed in the final of the U.S. Open, will be rusty and distracted. So they are "invited" to the Williams party ?? They're granted a privilege ??
I don't think so : they made a good job all year long and they're rewarded for their effort.
And it takes V & S to be "rusty and distracted" for the others to beet them ???
Please, respect people if you want to be respected.

Williams Rulez
Nov 6th, 2002, 06:44 AM
Some people are just so sensitive... :rolleyes:

Chance
Nov 6th, 2002, 07:04 AM
u can say that again William Rulez

Sharapower
Nov 6th, 2002, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by Williams Rulez
Some people are just so sensitive... :rolleyes: That's not the point of being sensitive, Williams Rulez, I just consider the author of this article doesn't act as a good professional as far as he (she ?) doesn't need to devaluate the rest of the world to emphasize the Williams' domination. Everyone knows that an all-Williams Final is the most likely to happen but if it wasn't the case, according to the columnist, it would be because the sisters were on a bad day ?
A (very) few players have beaten Serena or Venus this year. Maybe the sisters were injured sometimes but in some matches like Chanda's, Patty's or Henin's there was no distraction or rustiness from Serena.
In fact every player can say or be said to be "rusty and distracted" when losing. But the deal is not there. The deal is "win a match", day in, day out. Serena and Venus clearly do it more often but the others do it too and consistently, unless they wouldn't be there, in LA.

persond
Nov 6th, 2002, 07:21 AM
:D :D Quasimodo,

I heard they're looking for a "bell ringer" at the National Cathedral in D.C...:D :D

Sharapower
Nov 6th, 2002, 07:24 AM
Originally posted by persond
:D :D Quasimodo,

I heard they're looking for a "bell ringer" at the National Cathedral in D.C...:D :D No thanks I stay in Notre Dame de Paris, there are too many snipers in D.C. :drool:

Dawn Marie
Nov 6th, 2002, 07:30 AM
LMAO@Persond!!

You make me laugh in here!!:):):)