Nov 10th, 2002, 10:54 PM
Injuries always suck. Injuries to Venus are worse. But hey, it won't hurt her ranking, and she'll heal by OZ. And if Venus can't be in the final, I'm happy to see Kim there. I'm going back to see the other semi. Serena is making it interesting.
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:22 AM
Serena won, Volcana, and I am exhausted! I hope Venus is okay.
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:23 AM
I'm so disappointed but Kimi is me second favourite so I hope she wins the Championships.
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:41 AM
Be still my heart is all I can say.
I knew Jen would hang tough - so congrats to her. And needless to say - it took you long enough - Serena.
I was sad to see Venus retire - and I guess it was mainly because it took me by surprise. I had no clue she was hurting at first - but after the first service game, Pam brought it up. I was like - what????!!!!!
I like Kim and wish her well - but I'm pulling for Serena to sweeeeeeeeeeepppppp. Although - I will be happy for Kim if she wins.
I'll say about it all!
"WAY TO GO - SERENA" "LET'S GET IT ON"
Venus Williams retires from WTA Championships with leg injury
By BETH HARRIS
The Associated Press
11/10/02 6:04 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Venus Williams' season ended abruptly when a leg injury forced her out in the first set of a semifinal against Kim Clijsters in the WTA Championships on Sunday.
Clijsters, the fifth seed from Belgium, led 5-0 when Williams called for a trainer. After a brief discussion, Williams approached the umpire to say she was done.
Wearing a white wrap on her left calf and heavy tape on her left ankle, Williams walked over to Clijsters, hugged her and then waved to the fans as she left the court to applause at Staples Center. Williams earned $191,000 for her 13 minutes on court.
Clijsters will play either No. 1 Serena Williams or third-seeded Jennifer Capriati in Monday night's final of the $3 million tournament.
Williams said she twisted her left ankle in a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Monica Seles on Friday night, but didn't feel the effects until Saturday night. The official diagnosis was a lower leg strain.
"I wasn't really able to move or get on my toes or change direction," Williams said. "I was taped to the max. Things were already going pretty bad. I was trying to end the points quickly."
Williams' quick exit brought back memories of her controversial departure from the Tennis Masters Series at Indian Wells, Calif., in 2001. She pulled out of her semifinal against younger sister Serena at the last minute with tendinitis in her right knee, triggering massive booing by the crowd.
Serena was booed heavily when she beat Clijsters for the title, causing the sisters' father, Richard Williams, to level racial accusations. Serena has said she will not play at Indian Wells again.
"I'll never forget that," Venus said. "It was a pretty intense moment to go through."
A year ago at the WTA Championships in Germany, Clijsters lost a three-set semifinal to Lindsay Davenport, who injured herself and pulled out of the final against Serena Williams.
"Maybe it's because of me," Clijsters said, grinning.
It was the fourth time in five years that Williams has pulled out from the season-ending championships that determine the WTA Tour's final rankings.
Three of her previous withdrawals came before she even played a match. Last year, she injured her left wrist practicing at home in Florida. In 2000, she had anemia and in 1998 she had left knee tendinitis. In 1999, she reached the semifinals before losing to Martina Hingis.
Clijsters' groundstrokes painted the lines and she won a game with a 111-mph ace as Williams barely moved off the service line. Clijsters broke Williams in the second game, then served a 40-love game for a 5-0 lead before the match ended.
"I saw she wasn't moving as well as she normally does," Clijsters said. "I was telling myself, `Just focus on the ball and don't look at whether she's moving."'
Williams won just six points and had seven errors in her brief time on court. Clijsters hit 21 winners.
"I just wanted to try to see what I could do," Williams said. "I was a lot more disappointed than what I thought I'd be."
A surprised Clijsters remained on court and hit balls with some fans.
Williams was playing her first tournament in a month and only her second since losing to Serena in the U.S. Open final in September. She finished the year with a 62-9 match record in 16 tournaments.
Williams withdrew from the Italian Open in May before her opening match with an injured right wrist.
Nov 11th, 2002, 12:52 AM
I was at both matches live and everyone was surprised when Venus walked onto the court with that HUGE bandage around her left shin. And she was limping. It was pretty apparent straight away that she wasn't able to play well. She looked distraught and pained. So when she called the trainer over to talk things over, it was sad. But as she left the court, she got a huge standing ovation. The LA crowd does love Venus! Kim was super gracious. She signed like 20 balls to hit into the audience and was super cute. She personally gave one to a baby on the sideline. She gave a quick interview and stated that it was sad that Venus was injured because she was looking forward to the match. She is such a nice girl! Even though I am sad that Venus is injured, I am happy that Kimmie made it to the finals. It'll be an interesting final match!!! Good luck to both girls!
Nov 11th, 2002, 02:25 AM
I too was bummed when Venus could not play, but I'm happy for Kim. The good thing is that this is not Tendonitis. I believe that it is just a sprained ankle. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe Venus will realize that she has to play at least two or three tournaments before the Championships, so as to have enough match play for those tough matches like the one with Monica. Maybe she will start early and play the Addidas and Gold Coast before the Australian Open.
Get some rest Venus, we love you baby.