2002 Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2
2001 Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 6-4 6-3
2000 Lindsay Davenport (USA) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 6-1 7-5
1999 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 6-2 6-3
1998 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6-3 6-3
1997 Martina Hingis (SUI) def. Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-2 6-2
1996 Monica Seles (USA) def. Anke Huber (GER) 6-4 6-1
1995 Mary Pierce (FRA) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-3 6-2
1994 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6-0 6-2
1993 Monica Seles (USA) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 4-6 6-3 6-2
1992 Monica Seles (USA) def. Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 6-2 6-3
1991 Monica Seles (USA) def. Jana Novotna (CZE) 5-7 6-3 6-1
1990 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 6-3 6-4
1989 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Helena Sukova (CZE) 6-4 6-4
1988 Steffi Graf (GER) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-1 7-6
1987 Hana Mandlikova (AUS) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 7-5 7-6
1985 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-2 4-6 6-2
1984 Chris Evert (USA) def. Helena Sukova (CZE) 6-7 6-1 6-3
1983 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Kathy Jordan (USA) 6-2 7-6
1982 Chris Evert (USA) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-3
1981 Martina Navratilova (USA) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-7 6-4 7-5
1980 Hana Mandlikova (AUS) def. Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 6-0 7-5
1979 Barbara Jordan (USA) def. Sharon Walsh-Pete (USA) 6-3 6-3
1978 Chris O'Neil (AUS) def. Betsy Nagelsen (USA) 6-3 7-6
1977 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Helen Cawley (AUS) 6-3 6-0
1977 Kerry Reid (AUS) def. Dianne Balestrat (AUS) 7-5 6-2
1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Renata Tomanova-Roth (TCH) 6-2 6-2
1975 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Martina Navratilova (USA) 6-3 6-2
1974 Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) def. Chris Evert (USA) 7-6 4-6 6-0
1973 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 6-4 7-5
1972 Virginia Wade (GBR) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 6-4 6-4
1971 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 2-6 7-6 7-5
1970 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Kerry Reid (AUS) 6-3 6-1
1969 Margaret Court (AUS) def. Billie Jean King (USA) 6-4 6-1
1968 Billie Jean King (USA) def. Margaret Court (AUS) 6-1 6-2
Will Venus add her name to this list :angel:Go Venus:bounce: :bounce:
Jan 5th, 2003, 04:45 PM
Best of luck in Australia!!!
Jan 6th, 2003, 10:35 PM
Tennis Listings for Jan. 12 - Jan. 19
AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS MELBOURNE
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Jan. 13 2003 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Jan. 14 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 15 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 16 2003 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 17 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Jan. 19 2003 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Jan. 12 2003 11:00 pm to 1:00 am
Jan. 13 2003 9:30 pm to 12:00 am
Jan. 14 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 15 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 16 2003 11:00 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 17 2003 11:30 pm to 1:30 am
Jan. 18 2003 3:30 am to 5:30 am
Jan. 18 2003 10:00 pm to 12:30 am
Jan. 19 2003 10:00 pm to 12:30 am
DATE SHOW TIME (ET)
Classis matches replayed
2001 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
JENNIFER CAPRIATI VS. LINDSAY DAVENPORT
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
1997 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, MEN'S QUARTERFINAL
PETE SAMPRAS VS. ALBERT COSTA
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
2002 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, WOMEN'S FINAL
JENNIFER CAPRIATI VS. MARTINA HINGIS
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
2000 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
2000 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, SEMIFINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
2:00 am to 4:00 am
1996 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
BORIS BECKER VS. MICHAEL CHANG
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
1993 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
MONICA SELES VS. STEFFI GRAF
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
1995 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
ANDRE AGASSI VS. PETE SAMPRAS
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
1989 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
IVAN LENDL VS. MILOSLAV MECIR
7:00 am to 9:00 am
1991 AUSTRALIAN OPEN, FINALS
MONICA SELES VS. JANA NOVOTNA
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Jan 10th, 2003, 08:39 PM
Good luck Venus !!!
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:33 PM
Serena Williams USA (1) vs. Emilie Loit FRA
Els Callens BEL vs. Martina Sucha SVK
Alina Jidkova RUS vs. Laura Granville USA
Maureen Drake CAN vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn THA (26)
Eleni Daniilidou GRE (18) vs. Marissa Irvin USA
Conchita Martinez Granados ESP vs. Amy Frazier USA
Daja Bedanova CZE vs. Iveta Benesova CZE
Sarah Taylor USA vs. Nathalie Dechy FRA (16)
Magdalena Maleeva BUL (11) vs. Marion Bartoli FRA
Eva Dyrberg DEN vs. Yoon Jeong Cho KOR
Aniko Kapros HUN vs. Rita Grande ITA
Vera Zvonareva RUS vs. Elena Bovina RUS (20)
Meghann Shaughnessy USA (25) vs. Qualifier
Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG vs. Ludmila Cervanova SVK
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK vs. Monica Seles USA (6)
Kim Clijsters BEL (4) vs. Samantha Reeves USA
Petra Mandula HUN vs. Silvija Talaja CRO
Tatiana Poutchek BLR vs. Tina Pisnik SLO
Cristina Torrens Valero ESP vs. Iva Majoli CRO (29)
Amanda Coetzer RSA (19) vs. Barbara Schett AUT
Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios PAR vs. Qualifier
Maja Matevzic SLO vs. Casey Dellacqua AUS
Meilen Tu USA vs. Anna Pistolesi ISR (14)
Chanda Rubin USA (10) vs. Qualifier
Patricia Wartusch AUT vs. Mary Pierce FRA
Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA vs. Martina Muller GER
Qualifier vs. Elena Dementieva RUS (17)
Clarisa Fernandez ARG (28) vs. Adriana Szili AUS
Asa Svensson SWE vs. Magui Serna ESP
Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI
Qualifier vs. Anastasia Myskina RUS (8)
Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL (5) vs. Myriam Casanova SUI
Henrieta Nagyova SVK vs. Anna Kournikova RUS
Jill Craybas USA vs. Virginie Razzano FRA
Dinara Safina RUS vs. Katarina Srebotnik SLO (32)
Tatiana Panova RUS (24) vs. Angelika Roesch GER
Akiko Morigami JPN vs. Qualifier
Iroda Tulyaganova UZB vs. Alicia Molik AUS
Camille Pin FRA vs. Lindsay Davenport USA (9)
Alexandra Stevenson USA (15) vs. Elena Baltacha GBR
Cara Black ZIM vs. Denisa Chladkova CZE
Barbara Rittner GER vs. Evie Dominikovic AUS
Libuse Prusova CZE vs. Anne Kremer LUX (22)
Janette Husarova SVK (30) vs. Qualifier
Shinobu Asagoe JPN vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
Stephanie Foretz FRA vs. Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS
Marlene Weingartner GER vs. Jennifer Capriati USA (3)
Daniela Hantuchova SVK (7) vs. Fabiola Zuluaga COL
Elena Likhovtseva RUS vs. Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA
Qualifier vs. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Conchita Martinez ESP (31)
Ai Sugiyama JPN (21) vs. Angelique Widjaja INA
Greta Arn GER vs. Nadia Petrova RUS
Marta Marrero ESP vs. Jelena Kostanic CRO
Wynne Prakusya INA vs. Patty Schnyder SUI (12)
Silvia Farina Elia ITA (13) vs. Flavia Pennetta ITA
Mashona Washington USA vs. Nicole Pratt AUS
Rachel McQuillan AUS vs. Tathiana Garbin ITA
Dally Randriantefy MAD vs. Paola Suarez ARG (23)
Lisa Raymond USA (27) vs. Qualifier
Anca Barna GER vs. Francesca Schiavone ITA
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP vs. Qualifier
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS vs. :bounce: Venus Williams USA (2)
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:34 PM
Schedule for Monday is out (Bottom half playing first)
Rod Laver Arena
Start 1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs. Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs.:bounce: Venus Williams (USA)
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Brian Vahaly (USA) vs. Andre Agassi (USA)
I have the same b-day as yours!!! Venus. this is the time to win AO's title! Go for it, Gemini!:) :cool: :D :wavey: :bounce: :wavey: :bounce: :kiss: :wavey: :kiss: :wavey: :kiss: :wavey:
Jan 13th, 2003, 12:59 AM
It's an open or shut case
By Jeff Wells
January 13, 2003
THE big issue, for the credibility of the Australian Open, is whether the men's draw will crumble like stale bread.
Those arguing for the status quo, and against a push to March, will be desperately hoping that it doesn't throw up another Thomas Johansson or Arnaud Clement.
Last year's winner Johansson, the little Swede who beat Marat Safin, the Russian with the blown head gasket, was considered by many critics to have been the only man to have won a grand slam in a state of rigor mortis.
The year before Frenchman Arnaud Clement, who fell to Andre Agassi, seemed to put more work into his speech than his game. In 1998 druggie Petr Korda beating comatose Marcelo Rios was hardly riveting. Thomas Enqvist (1999) and Carlos Moya (1997) both made the final unseeded and froze.
You have to go back to Agassi beating Pete Sampras in 1995 for something memorable. The too-early theory holds a lot of water - especially as the season grows longer and tougher. It will be interesting to see how well the eight top men from the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in mid-November have come up.
Already Lleyton Hewitt has looked ragged, Safin is claiming an injury, and Moya, Juan Carlos Fererro and Roger Federer (who may have a groin strain) have weakened in Sydney. And clay-courter Albert Costa has a poor record here.
That leaves Agassi, who has just won an exhibition in Melbourne, and last year's semi-finalist Jiri Novak, who played well in the Hopman Cup and seems to roll along at the same dogged pace, looking the freshest.
Of course Hewitt, the world's best, can't be written off on Hopman Cup form, even if his first serve keeps betraying him. Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald would love to see it improve but believes Hewitt can keep on winning if the others don't attack it and follow in. And there are not many these days who want to leave the baseline.
In his quarter of the draw Hewitt should be able to account for claycourters Gustavo Kuerten and Alex Corretja and American wonder boy Andy Roddick has gone off the boil, but there are dangerous floaters like Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny, Moroccan fireball Hicham Arazi and big-serving Belarussian Max Mirnyi. And the hard man Novak lurks as the probable quarter- final opponent.
Safin and Federer, both risks, head the next quarter. Exciting American James Blake could push through if they crack. Ferrero and Moya lead the next quarter, but how fresh are they? Thai revelation Paradorn Srichaphan is the big danger.
At the bottom of the draw Agassi looks to have a clean run through to the quarters but Sebastien Grosjean, Nicolas Escude or Guillermo Canas only need to run hot to crack the 32-year-old's aura.
In most slams you bet like the Melbourne Cup - forget the lead-ups and back the best stayers. Hewitt-Agassi is the logical, best and most credible final. But you could just as easily get Novak-Canas, mass narcolepsy, and a move to push the tournament to September, where it would be finally killed off by the AFL grand final.
Meanwhile the women are so shallow, and produce so much off-court nonsense, that they take care of themselves. Expect between 40 and 50 of last year's field to be missing through injury, retirement sheer terror of Slammer and Vesuvius Williams, or, in the case of Jelena Dokic, ludicrous pigheadedness.
The Serena Slam is odds-on with the bookies. Dear old Monica Seles looks to be her punching bag in the quarters, but in the semis she could get a run for her money from Kim Clijsters, who dented her major ego in the season-ending championships in Los Angeles last year and is moving well and pounding the ball.
Sister Venus, in the bottom half, hasn't bothered to warm-up and even if she does make the final she seems mindblown after three straight grand slam final losses. The Open would tremble at the prospect of "team orders" to give Venus a turn, but Serena seems to want her bogus "slam" - not a true calendar year number - too much.
And Venus also has to contend with defending champion Jennifer Capriati. I have declined her offer to break my fist on her six pack - just to prove that a little pudding doesn't signify a lack of fitness. But I do hope she improves game by game like last year and offers Venus a sucker punch. Big Lindsay Davenport was beaten by Clijsters in the adidas International final but the 2000 winner should also improve her power game gradually and be a force again if she can get her feet moving. But it is a big "if".
Unfortunately the wonderfully talented little Justine Henin-Hardenne just doesn't seem to have the grunt muscles to go all the way on this surface. But we can only pray for someone to upset the prospect one of these stultifying Williams-Williams finals, which are killing the game.
This articles are full of it....:rolleyes:
Jan 13th, 2003, 02:20 AM
Why does he even bother covering tennis since it's so bloody boring and predictable to him?? I guess there's more money in stirring up controversy instead of reporting the facts and giving intelligent albeit biased opinions of the outcomes. Thanks for posting the article anyway, okasu. I have to admit, I did smile a little bit at his reference to Serena and Venus as Slammer and Vesuvius.
Jan 13th, 2003, 05:42 PM
Posted on Mon, Jan. 13, 2003
Venus returns, wins 6-4, 6-2
Miami player Brasington already out
From Herald Wire Services
MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams shook off the rust of two months without a tournament and passed her first hurdle Monday toward a fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against sister Serena.
After falling behind 0-3, Venus advanced to the Australian Open's second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over 45th-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova.
A stronger serve carried Venus through a match in which she and the 17-year-old Russian were nearly even in errors.
In her last tournament before the Australian Open, Venus, who has four major titles to her credit, limped off with a lower leg strain while trailing Kim Clijsters 5-0 in the semifinals of the WTA Tour Championships in early November.
Serena, who lost to Clijsters in the November final, warmed up for the Open by playing in the Hopman Cup two weeks ago.
She starts action Tuesday against France's Emilie Loit.
Venus' match was the second on the center court, following a victory by Paradorn Srichaphan, a Thai player who improved his ranking by 110 places in 2002.
''It's really special for me to play the first match [today], to open a Grand Slam, and I appreciate it,'' said Paradorn, who last year won two titles and scored victories over Andre Agassi -- at Wimbledon -- Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.
Paradorn bowed Thai-style, with folded hands, to the crowd in Rod Laver Arena after forcing repeated errors by Melzer in the final set and watching a forehand volley by the Austrian sail long on the second match point.
Paradorn's best result at past Australian Opens was reaching the second round in 2000. Against Melzer, he placed his serves effectively, kept the Austrian off balance with a crisp backhand and generally controlled play from the baseline.
Anna Kournikova, unseeded after a year in which she lost in the first round at all four Grand Slams, defeated Slovakia's Henrieta Nagyova 6-1, 6-2.
French Open champion Albert Costa needed more than three hours for a 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over German veteran David Prinosil, who had to qualify for this tournament.
Costa, seeded eighth, reached the Top 10 for the first time last year despite skipping Wimbledon to concentrate on his new marriage. He wed longtime girlfriend Cristina Ventura five days after winning at Roland Garros.
No. 12 Sebastien Grosjean, a semifinalist here in 2001, beat Fernando Meligeni 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Wayne Ferreira, playing in his 50th Grand Slam tournament, ousted Tommy Robredo 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. And No. 16 Sjeng Schalken also had a straight-sets victory over Miami's Jack Brasington.
In other results, No. 5 Justine Henin-Hardenne, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, defeated 17-year-old Swiss player Myriam Casanova 6-3, 6-4.
Like Serena Williams, Agassi has improved from last year just by starting the Australian Open.
He hurt his right wrist while losing the 2002 Kooyong Classic exhibition final against Pete Sampras two days before the Open's start, losing a chance to win the tournament three years in a row.
Nevertheless, he went right back to Kooyong this year.
He won the Australian Open after winning at Kooyong in 2000 and 2001, and he won at Kooyong again Saturday, beating Grosjean 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
He faced fellow American Brian Vahaly on center court later today to open his campaign for a fourth Australian title.
Jan 13th, 2003, 05:44 PM
1st Serve % 27 of 57 = 47 % 26 of 49 = 53 %
Aces 0 3
Double Faults 3 4
Unforced Errors 27 23
Winning % on 1st Serve 18 of 27 = 67 % 22 of 26 = 85 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 11 of 30 = 37 % 11 of 23 = 48 %
Winners (Including Service) 7 14
Break Point Conversions 2 of 2 = 100 % 5 of 9 = 56 %
Net Approaches 2 of 2 = 100 % 8 of 12 = 67 %
Total Points Won 45 61
Fastest Serve 173 km/h 193 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 158 km/h 174 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 124 km/h 133 km/h
Jan 13th, 2003, 05:44 PM
V. WILLIAMS/S. Kuznetsova
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.
Q. Where have you been? What have you been doing?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I've been home, hanging out, going to practice, living life. Now I'm here.
Q. Are you as sharp as you want to be starting off here?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I'm doing well. I just think that I'm just a little rusty going out there. At times I shined through, at times I was my old self. At other times, I just had some errors coming in.
I didn't expect to be 100 percent in this match, but in the next one I expect to be at least 150.
Q. Are you playing well enough to stop a "Serena Slam"?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I wouldn't exactly say that's my goal. My goal is to be my best. I guess if Serena wins a Slam, then I'll be there congratulating her.
Q. Have you been practicing with Serena?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, sometimes, especially here.
It's warm in here, or is it just me?
Q. Who else would you practice with?
VENUS WILLIAMS: All different boys, that kind of thing. We practice in different ways at home. She likes to do certain things, and I do other things. She likes to hit at different spots more, I like to hit at other spots.
Q. Were you worried about when she had a point for 4-love?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Did she? Oh, that's not good (laughter).
I was just -- I was really just rushing out there. I wasn't able to slow time down in my mind. I was just so ahead of myself. I really just want to work on when I go out there being calm. If I can do that, I'll play much, much, much better.
Just making the errors, and I realize, "Venus, if I slow down, I'll be okay." It happened, in a good way.
Q. There's been a lot of talk about conditions, heat, etc. how did you find it out there today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Nice. I like the heat actually.
Q. It didn't feel too hot out there today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I feel as long as I have a hat, I'm fine. Without a hat, it can be pretty brutal. But it was nice out there.
Q. Did you have a hat?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Q. Was it a visor?
VENUS WILLIAMS: A visor.
Q. But your peak was still bare to the sun. Not as bare as mine...
VENUS WILLIAMS: That's true. But the visor is more fashionable and cute (smiling).
Q. On the question of fashion, can you explain to a dumb male why the one earring.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I just feel it's what I wanted to do. I like the long one and the stud and that kind of thing. It's just something I decided on. A lot of things, I'll see things in my mind and then I do it.
Visionary, how about that (smiling)?
Q. How is your new company going?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Really good. Really good. It's been, you know, it's been a new company basically. That's the best way to explain it. But it's been a lot of fun. It's been really good. You know, when I get back home, hopefully there will be more assignments.
Q. Do you actually go into people's homes and say, "This works, this doesn't work. We need to do this and that"?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm. I'm not exactly -- I'm best at tennis, how about that? But I'm also very good at decorating and design.
Q. Do they ask you for your autograph at the end?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No one has. Most people, you know, if they do call my office, if they're confident enough to call, they have to give myself and my company enough trust that I can do their home, that I can be able to make their dreams come true in their home. So there's a certain amount of trust there already, so they're not really after the autograph.
Sure, they're, you know, hopefully excited about my play and my accomplishments in tennis. But other than that, I'm also serious about the design.
Q. Who's the woman who's running it for you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, Bonnie Nathan (phonetic spelling). She's doing things while I'm gone. Hopefully, we have to get someone else, but it's 's hard to find the right person. The search is on.
Q. Have you done some homes?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I have a model home in Florida and I'm in a charity home, Red Cross charity as a show house. So I'm doing room there - or V Starr.
Then, of course, there's some clients also, but those are the kind of commercial things I'm doing now.
Q. What would you do with this room? It's very gray in here.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, the lights are straight on me. I can't see anything. I like it, it's nice.
Q. You'd change the lighting, to start with?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I guess it blinds the players, kind of like the hot seat, "Tell the truth, only the truth."
HEAT? What heat? It certainly didn't bother Venus Williams as she raced into the second round.
Before the start of today's AUstralian Open there had been forecasts of matches being halted with the new extreme heat policy, where play can stop if the temperature reaches 35 Celsius.
While it hovered in the mid-30s today, Williams shrugged off the humidity to romp past her first round opponent, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
It was a slow start for the second-seeded American, who dropped her first two service games.
Williams was untroubled though, drawing level with ease to complete a 6-4 6-2 victory.
She may have lacked match practice and said she was slowly coming into form but the conditions she has just encountered hardly were a concern.
"I thought the weather was nice, actually," Williams said.
"I like the heat actually. As long as I have a hat I'm fine - if I don't have a hat it can be pretty brutal."
She actually used a visor rather than a hat today because they are "more fashionable and cute".
Williams said her most important area to work on after today's hit-out was her timing.
"I think I'm doing well, just a little rusty.
"True to my old self some errors were coming in but I didn't expect to be 100 per cent now. The next match I'll be 150 per cent," she warned.
"I was really just rushing, I wasn't able to slow my timing down, I was getting ahead of myself. If I can calm down I'll be much better."
There had been much talk of her younger sister Serena chasing a "Serena Slam" this fortnight after winning the last three majors in succession, but Venus said her own ambitions were simply self-improvement.
"It's not my goal (to stop Serena). My goal is to be my best but if she wins a Serena Slam I'll be congratulating her," she said.
Lindsay Davenport celebrated her return to the Australian Open after pulling out last year with a knee injury by beating Frenchwoman Camille Pin 6-2 6-1 then dismissed suggestions the title was a raffle between the Williams sisters.
"I don't think so. We've played the game long enough to know you have to play the whole two weeks and see who comes out on top," Davenport said.
"Certainly I would put (Serena) as the favourite but a lot of stuff can happen over two weeks in tennis."
Davenport said her game centred around her serve and that needed work but overall she felt she was in for a return to her peak form this year.
The No.9 seed said she was now feeling more comfortable in tight situations.
"A lot of the time when you're playing well it's just automatic, there is no indecision - hopefully soon it will click in here."
Joining Williams and Davenport in the second round were Slovakian seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova - who beat Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga 7-5 6-7 6-4 - and Anna Kournikova.
The Russian's world ranking may have slid to 42 but Kournikova still managed to dispose of Slovakian Henrieta Nagyova 6-1 6-2 today.
THIS is what the Australian Open is all about. Venus Williams on centre court in Rod Laver Arena.
A black Venus. A figure curved like carved, hand-polished ebony, with long black hair cascading, caught by a gold hairclip glittering in the sun.
Sun dancing off the gold hoop dangling from her ear. Sun glancing off the gold bauble bobbing on the chain round her neck.
Wearing designer gear, gold and white.
Down the other end facing the world's No.2 player is a little girl from Russia, 17-year-old Svetlana Kuznesova, who actually lives in Barcelona.
She is stocky and wearing a no-nonsense white outfit with epaulettes in the Russian national colours of red and blue. She looks as sturdy as an old-fashioned Soviet tractor.
The American is kind. She lets the kid win the first game, easily.
Then Venus begins winding up. As she serves she begins uttering a short choofing grunt; the sort of noise, magnified, that a steam catapult makes when it launches jet aircraft from nuclear-powered carriers.
Each grunt spells goodbye.
By the middle of the second set you know it is all over. Svetlana begins to speak severely to herself, pointing her racquet to her head and making shooting gestures.
Barely an hour after the game began, Venus Williams is doing a little victory dance, a little hopping skip of triumph, jabbing at the sky with her right finger.
Svetlana just trails out, to try again another day.
That's what it was like on opening day at the Open yesterday, knowns and unknowns jousting in the heat, while round them tramped a ceaseless flow of spectators.
Some, like the longboat full of Swedish Vikings at court 18 watching countryman Thomas Enqvist conquer Argentinian Gaston Gaudio, had come dressed for the occasion.
The Vikings were covered in blue war-paint with yellow crosses.
The men wore blond flaxen wigs and plastic Viking helmets with horns; the Viking maidens had dyed their hair bright yellow and were wearing skirts made out of blue plastic strips.
They all seemed to be drinking a lot of beer.
As the Vikings uttered strange guttural war cries, it was easy to understand why the Anglo-Saxons fled a few centuries ago and handed over Pommyland to the invaders.
Over at court 6 some other fearless navigators in the shape of Dutch fans were watching Sjeng Schalken remove American Jack Brasington.
The Dutch were in regimental uniform of orange, the girls featuring sprays of orange plastic tulips in the hair.
They cheered, and thundered with their feet. All that was missing were the wooden clogs. The Dutch, too, seemed to be enjoying the beer.
But - what a rip-off!
Heineken, the beer company sponsoring this tournament, or its distributor, was charging $5.20 for a 425ml plastic glass of the stuff and $5 for a 330ml container. (A 330ml bottle of the brew was $3.79 in a suburban liquor shop yesterday.)
W ORSE, perhaps, on a day when everybody was urged to drink plenty of water and not become ill through dehydration, was the other rip-off being perpetuated by another sponsor, Evian, or its retailer.
Bottles containing 500ml of its water ("brought to you in its natural perfection from the French Alps") were being sold for $3.50.
You could get 1.5 litres of the same water for $3.79 at an upmarket department store yesterday.
Both companies should hide their heads in shame. They should be giving their products away.
And the other caterers at the Australian Open should be put on another shame file. The food prices are outrageous.
When they've got the hide to charge $3 for one - repeat one - chocolate chip cookie you'll know what I mean.
If you're going to the Open, take your own food, take your own water ("brought to you in its natural perfection from the Dandenongs") - and boycott this imported beer. Save your thirst for a VB later.
Just concentrate on the tennis.
The champs and the underdogs. There's no better spectacle, no better setting anywhere in the world than the Australian Open.
Jan 14th, 2003, 04:27 PM
Rod Laver Arena
Start 1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Ansley Cargill (USA) vs. Venus Williams (USA)
Jan 15th, 2003, 09:39 AM
Venus def. Cargill 63 60
1st Serve % 41 of 47 = 87 % 32 of 51 = 63 %
Aces 0 4
Double Faults 0 3
Unforced Errors 5 28
Winning % on 1st Serve 20 of 41 = 49 % 25 of 32 = 78 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 3 of 6 = 50 % 10 of 19 = 53 %
Winners (Including Service) 3 39
Break Point Conversions 0 of 4 = 0 % 4 of 9 = 44 %
Net Approaches 1 of 3 = 33 % 27 of 33 = 82 %
Total Points Won 39 59
Fastest Serve 149 km/h 185 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 136 km/h 167 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 114 km/h 131 km/h
Jan 15th, 2003, 09:40 AM
Venus vs. Anca Barna
This is their first match; but Anca has played Serena twice!
2001-08-27 U.S. Open Hardcourt R128 Serena Williams (USA) 4-6 6-1 6-2
2002-09-23 Leipzig Indoor Carpet R16 Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 3-6 6-1
Second-seed Venus Williams returned to form in her Australian Open second round clash with Ansley Cargill.
Williams hammered the 21-year-old 6-3 6-0 having struggled in her opening round match.
Elsewhere, 13th seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy became the highest remaining seed to go out, losing 6-3 6-2 to Australian Nicole Pratt.
But other seeds also bowed out. Number 21 Ai Sugiyama fell 6-4 6-4 to Russian Nadia Petrova, and the 27th seed Lisa Raymond lost 6-3 6-1 to Germany's Anca Barna.
Having put out Jennifer Capriati, Marlene Weingartner moved a step closer to emulating her fourth-round appearence of last year with a 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory over Stephanie Foretz.
Seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova struggled to a 7-6(8-6) 7-6 (3) victory over Italy's Adriana Serra Zanetti, and number 12 seed Patty Schnyder beat Spain's Marta Marrero 6-3 6-1.
And 23rd seed Paola Suarez was leading 6-0 3-0 when Italy's Tathiana Garbin retired with a right shoulder strain.
Story filed: 11:17 Wednesday 15th January 2003
Jan 16th, 2003, 06:13 PM
Rod Laver Arena
11:00 AM Start
Nicole Pratt (AUS) vs. Paola Suarez (ARG)
Anca Barna (GER) vs. Venus Williams (USA) :wavey:
Nicolas Escude (FRA) vs. Andre Agassi (USA)
Show Court 3
11:00 AM Start
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) vs. Marlene Weingartner (GER)
Albert Costa (ESP) vs. Felix Mantilla (ESP)
Amanda Coetzer (RSA) /Jessica Steck (RSA)
Kim Clijsters (BEL)/Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
Serena Williams (USA) /Venus Williams (USA) :bounce:
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)/Nicole Sewell (AUS)
Jan 17th, 2003, 03:09 AM
Venus def. Barna 61 64
Rough match for Vee. She was down 1-4 in the second; and was at 0-40 on her serve. As usual, the Queen rebounded. Hopefully she will pick it up again.
1st Serve % 29 of 50 = 58 % 34 of 66 = 52 %
Aces 0 5
Double Faults 3 7
Unforced Errors 9 33
Winning % on 1st Serve 14 of 29 = 48 % 29 of 34 = 85 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 8 of 21 = 38 % 10 of 32 = 31 %
Winners (Including Service) 5 33
Break Point Conversions 2 of 12 = 17 % 5 of 11 = 45 %
Net Approaches 2 of 4 = 50 % 34 of 45 = 76 %
Total Points Won 49 67
Fastest Serve 160 km/h 194 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 138 km/h 170 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 121 km/h 132 km/h
Jan 17th, 2003, 03:11 AM
Venus vs. Nicole Pratt
Pratt has had a great event. I believe this is her first ever 4th RD at a Slam. Too bad she will lose the Venus.
Serena's H2H with Pratt
1998-08-31 U.S. Open Hardcourt R128 Serena Williams (USA) 6-3 3-6 6-4
2000-01-17 Australian Open Hardcourt R64 Serena Williams (USA) 7-5 6-1
2001-08-06 Los Angeles Hardcourt R16 Serena Williams (USA) 6-3 6-3
2002-02-25 Scottsdale Hardcourt QF Serena Williams (USA) 6-2 7-5
2002-09-16 Tokyo Hardcourt QF Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 6-0
odd Serena has played a handful of times, but never Vee. Oh well, she will be crushed
Jan 17th, 2003, 04:21 AM
Venus nearly blew second set
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams gained plenty of experience in playing out of trouble.
Another former No. 1, Lindsay Davenport, looked comfortable again on the court.
Williams, winner of four Grand Slam events and runner-up to sister Serena in the last three, trailed 1-4, 0-40 in the second set before beating Anca Barna 6-1, 6-4 Friday to reach the Australian Open's fourth round.
Davenport hit winners even off-balance as she kept Tatiana Panova on the run and won 6-2, 6-2 in 53 minutes.
Despite problems with wildness, the often dejected-looking Williams needed only 17 more minutes to win. She raised her fist in the air and jumped up and down.
In danger of falling behind 1-5, she saved three break points with a forehand volley, an ace and a deep backhand that Barna could not handle. She double faulted twice in the final game before overpowering the German, ranked 69th, with a crosscourt backhand.
Williams is seeded second behind her sister, meaning they could only meet in the final. Serena missed last year's Australian Open with a twisted ankle, but then beat Venus in the championship matches at the French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon.
She next meets Australian Nicole Pratt, who beat No. 23rd-seeded Paola Suarez of Argentina.
Davenport, winner of three majors including the 2000 Australian, was hanging her head during much of her match Wednesday, when she had to rally from 3-1 in the final set to beat 57th-ranked Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan.
This time, "I played exactly the way I wanted to play, which was attacking a lot of balls and going for my shots. Today they were falling in,'' said the 26-year-old American.
"Sometimes when you struggle through a match and maybe don't play your best, there is somewhat of a load taken off your shoulders. The next time you play you feel a lot more free on the court,'' she added.
Davenport missed most of last year after knee surgery in January and is seeded ninth here.
"I don't know when was the last time I was out of the top four seeds,'' she said. "I still feel like I belong at the top of the game.''
Davenport next plays the winner between No. 5 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 32 Katarina Srebotnik.
Anticipating a Henin-Hardenne victory, Davenport said, "It's nice to be the underdog ... semi-underdog. I don't think I've ever lost to her.''
Meanwhile, Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual won 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 against Germany's Marlene Weingartner, who knocked out defending champion Jennifer Capriati in the first round.
Jan 17th, 2003, 06:12 AM
V. WILLIAMS/A. Barna
THE MODERATOR: First question for Venus, please.
Q. You look like you switched your game down Love -40. Can you talk about what thoughts went through your mind?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I was down Love-40. Which game was that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know. I just wasn't too keen on losing that game. I was able to come through really.
It was a little hot out there. It wouldn't have been extremely nice to go to a third set but I was willing to do whatever it takes.
Q. How would you describe the contribution of your mother as a mom and as a coach?
VENUS WILLIAMS: More than anything I really enjoy her company and like being around her. She's a fun person, she's a great person and she's a good coach. She never beats around the bush. She tells it like it is. I guess that's how I am too.
Q. There's been a lot written about the similarities between you and Serena, how you're kind of bookends. Obviously there's quite a lot of differences we don't know about. How would you describe the differences between Serena and yourself maybe on and off the court?
VENUS WILLIAMS: On the court, I think maybe I like to mix it up a little more and play a little less power. Serena really just likes to take it to the opponent and just, you know, make you answer or else you don't.
Off the court, I like to study and I like to have my books and be at home and sit in bed and that kind of thing. Serena goes around, she visits friends, she visits family, does a lot more extracurricular activities. I do a lot, too, but they're more I guess academically oriented.
Q. Are you more serious?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Serious... I guess I really know what path I'm on. Serena is figuring out exactly what she wants off the court.
Q. You are WTA player representative at this time.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.
Q. With this, is there a conspiracy to make the ladies' matches a little more exciting in the first week?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No.
Q. One and two, the both of you together, what stage in the tournament does sisterly love finish and the mind games start between you two?
VENUS WILLIAMS: There are no mind games. I don't play those, you know. I think at times mentally you have to be stronger and be willing to go the extra mile. But either you're a better player or you aren't.
The mind games don't come into play. I've never seen where they could be successful, so I haven't even tried them. So if you know any that work, let me know.
Q. Yesterday you had six or seven hours between when Serena finished her match and when you started doubles. What kind of things do you do?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't do anything. If I have a book, I have a book. But normally I would have left. But I thought, "As soon as I leave, someone will default, twist an ankle, I won't get back in time." So I stayed around.
Q. Your form, are you happy with how you're hitting the ball?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I feel better with every match. I think definitely in the first set I was playing really well, sticking to my game plan. I think in the second set she lifted the level of her game. You change it up, try to do something different to also figure out what's the reason you're losing that set. I think that's what she did. She started getting a lot of balls over the net. I kind of started missing. I think at 4-1 I finally decided to miss a lot less than what I had, and it helped.
Q. Nicole Pratt next round. Have you played her before?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think so. I've never played her, that I can remember.
Q. You've had a lot of crowd support here, particularly this year. I guess playing an Aussie on Rod Laver Arena, do you think that dynamic of maybe change in allegiance, would that bother you in any way?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. I've played a lot of favorites in my time. I'm really happy for her that she's able to get to this round. I didn't know I was playing her next. I guess now's my challenge to get to the round after this.
Q. How much are you enjoying your tennis at the moment?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I enjoy it a lot - especially when I'm winning. When things get a little tight, I tend to be a little bitter about my performance, that's natural. But when I'm on a roll, it definitely feels great.
If I'm not enjoying my tennis, then I'll definitely take a step back and reevaluate my life and things on the court and also try to explain to myself that it's not that bad. But I do spend a lot of time feeling sorry for myself. After I pat myself on the back, I get back up.
Q. After the US Open final, you seemed a lot more down than you are now. You seem brighter, both physically and your mood.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think last year for me was a tough year because I was just I think always mentally and physically tired. I was always going the extra mile to do my best. But I really didn't want to go to practice all the time, I always felt tired. So it was a tough position to be in.
So really at the end of the year I tried to take a break so I could actually be ready for the next year.
Q. And the spark is back now?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It has to be, especially with the competitors out there.
Q. You were wearing something on I think it was your left knee. Was that a band aid or some sort of fashion statement?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I wish it was a fashion statement, no. What is it, it's called a medial glide. Does that explain it?
Q. Not really.
VENUS WILLIAMS: (Laughing).
Q. Serena talked about not wanting to peak too soon in the course of the tournament. What would you consider the best time to be at your best in the tournament?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think the best time is every time, in my opinion. But I think what she meant, she probably felt confident that she could raise the level of her game when the time counts, and I guess it is very important to do that. I also have that same confidence. I've done it in the past. I'm looking forward to doing it this tournament also.
Q. Is that your cousin sitting in the stands today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Which one?
Q. Your cousin next to your mom?
VENUS WILLIAMS: She? That's my niece.
Q. She fell asleep during the game.
VENUS WILLIAMS: She's a baby. She can't help it.
Q. Was it Serena getting back at you for maybe having a bit of a rest in Serena's match yesterday?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I had a rest yesterday?
Q. Serena's match yesterday, when you watched her, you had a bit of a rest on your mom's shoulder?
VENUS WILLIAMS: It's a good place to be, your mom's shoulder.
Q. Was it you guys taking her out shopping too late last night?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think it was the heat, too. She's not a player so she's not used to sitting in the sun. So it probably got to her.
Q. She's enjoying it down here?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Q. What do you have in your book bag this time?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Book bag? I have -- I always bring too many and they're heavy. But I bring my design books and my history design books. And my latest book is Economics Explained, because I found that it was a subject I didn't know a lot about. I don't like to live life not knowing a lot about things, so I just decided I have to pick up the pace. Put down the nonsense books and pick up the real deal. So that's what I did.
This seemed like a tough match. I was watching off the live score board. the sister missed a lot of break chances, and most of the games went to deuce. In the end, the sisters lived up the top seeded their were given
Jan 17th, 2003, 05:22 PM
espn is full of sh!t. I stayed up to watch Venus' match... and guess what!?! No match:rolleyes: We've not seen one live Venus Williams match:fiery:
I hope just hope Wimbledon stay with TNT:angel:
Jan 17th, 2003, 05:26 PM
Venus Not Dwelling on Last Year's Slam Setbacks to Sister Serena
MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 17) -- Venus Williams says she is finally over the disappointment of losing the last three Grand Slam finals and the No. 1 ranking to her little sister Serena.
The world No. 2 said her near-misses had initially left her deflated and sick of tennis, but she was now over the pain.
Venus Williams, hitting a backhand during Friday's win, says she's feeling better with every match.
"I do spend a lot of time feeling sorry for myself," Venus said. "But after I pat myself on the back, I get back up.
"I think last year for me was a tough year because I was mentally and physically tired.
"I was always going the extra mile to do my best but I really didn't want to go to practice all the time. I always felt tired, so it was a tough position to be in."
Venus, who beat Germany's Anca Barca 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open, said she took a complete break from tennis at the end of the year to revitalize herself.
"If I'm not enjoying my tennis then I'll definitely take a step back and re-evaluate my life and things on the court," she said.
"(But) I'm enjoying it a lot, especially when I'm winning. When things get a little tight, I tend to be a little bitter about my performance, that's natural, but when I'm on a roll it definitely feels great."
Venus has not dropped a set on her way to the fourth round, where she plays Australia's Nicole Pratt, and said she was feeling good about her chances.
"I'm feeling better with every match," the 22-year-old said.
"Serena probably feels confident that she could raise the level of her game when the time counts, and I also have that same confidence.
"I've done it in the past and I'm looking forward to doing it this tournament."
The rivalry between the two sisters is already part of tennis folklore.
Both players have won four Grand Slam singles titles in their careers and both have been world No. 1.
They played each other in the final of last year's French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, and are poised to meet in the Australian Open final.
As doubles partners, they have won all four Grand Slam titles plus the Olympics and while much has been written about the mental strengths and weaknesses of the two, Venus said mind games were not a part of their tactics.
"I think at times mentally you have to be stronger and be willing to go the extra mile. But either you're a better player or not," she said.
"The mind games don't come into play, I've never seen where they could be successful so I haven't even tried them."
Now for Venus the economist
Fri Jan 17, 3:50 AM ET
MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams (news - web sites) loves winning tennis matches. But off the court, she's something of a bookworm.
The Williams sisters are known for their penchant for fashion design, but Venus admits she likes nothing better than to settle down with a good book. And light reading, it seems, is not for the world No. 2.
Asked what books she has, Venus said: "I always bring too many and they're heavy. My latest book is "Economics Explained", because I found that it was a subject I didn't know a lot about."
Williams said she doesn't like to "live life not knowing a lot about things, so I just decided I have to pick up the pace. Put down the nonsense books and pick up the real deal."
Jan 17th, 2003, 11:12 PM
such a cute Venus/Elmo pic!
Jan 18th, 2003, 05:25 AM
It seems to me that the tape is no longer on the knee, unless these pictures are not good enough to see it.
That's a good sign.:)
Jan 19th, 2003, 08:16 AM
Venus def. Nicole Pratt 63 62
1st Serve % 41 of 65 = 63 % 44 of 72 = 61 %
Aces 0 4
Double Faults 7 8
Unforced Errors 20 33
Winning % on 1st Serve 22 of 41 = 54 % 29 of 44 = 66 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 7 of 24 = 29 % 11 of 28 = 39 %
Winners (Including Service) 4 35
Break Point Conversions 3 of 14 = 21 % 6 of 12 = 50 %
Net Approaches 5 of 13 = 38 % 26 of 36 = 72 %
Total Points Won 61 76
Fastest Serve 156 km/h 191 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 142 km/h 166 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 124 km/h 129 km/h
Two things concern me: the number of times Pratt broke Venus  and double faults 
Jan 19th, 2003, 08:17 AM
V. WILLIAMS/N. Pratt
An interview with:
MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.
Q. Talk about the net play you've been trying to put into your game this week. A bit more? A lot of net rushes. Is that sort of your plan for the year?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I'm most successful when I'm at the net, when I take advantage of moving in on short balls, and also my reach.
But I think it just kind of happened that way. I've been getting a lot of short balls and I've been coming in. I'm really just trying to play the game of tennis and not have to think about everything. So I guess it was natural for me to come in more the last few matches.
Q. Do you think you'll be able to do it against players like Serena or Lindsay or people who hit the ball a bit deeper?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think so.
Q. The crowd was obviously expected to be behind Nicole. Her level of play, I thought was very high. Were you expecting that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure, I was expecting her to play really well. This is her first appearance in the Round of 16. I guess the only thing she's thinking is, "Why not go a little further?" Of course, I'm thinking the same thing, take another step towards possibly being the victor at this tournament.
You know, more than anything, I know she's a really good competitor, no matter what the score is, how far down she was. I did know going into the match I would have to compete.
Q. How would you rate her game?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Very well. I think she had a lot of deep balls, ran down a lot of balls. Even when she made mistakes, she didn't get down on herself.
Q. Does it give you a problem when the crowd is excited about having one of their own play?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I mean, I'm here too much. When I'm out there, I'm pretty focused on what I'm doing. A lot of times I won't notice if the crowd is for me or against me.
Q. How do you rate how you're hitting the ball at the moment?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I'm doing okay. If I'm going to miss a shot, I'm really trying to miss it long and not into the net, make sure my strokes are long, that I'm not abbreviating them. I like to believe if the ball is long, it's going to drop in. But if it's in the net, there's no way, there's nothing I can do about it.
I am trying to cut back on the errors and, of course, hold serve.
Q. It sounds like your net play has not been a very conscious effort on your part. There was a time when Martina took over from Chris Evert, and Chris realized she had to step up her game, come to the net. Is it not a conscious decision to up that facet of your game?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely have goals every year. Definitely my goal, of course, was to come to the net more, amongst other goals. And I think it is working out. I'm not holding myself back by staying at the baseline.
So I think naturally, for any tennis player, if you just play the game like it's supposed to be played, you come in on the short balls, you attack the net sometimes. I'm just trying to do that, basically.
Q. You're making a more conscious effort to do that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, okay (laughter).
Q. When you do come in, it seems like you approach cross-court instead of down the line. Conventional theory is that you approach down the line. What is your thinking there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think the champs do go down the line. I should go down the line a little bit more. I've been getting so many low balls, when I am coming in, that sometimes it is more difficult to bring it down because you have to lift it a lot more, whereas cross-court you go to a lower part of the net. If I have a higher ball, I can take it whichever way I want.
Q. You seem to really enjoy the higher balls.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, those are fantastic, especially when I make them. If I miss them, I'm a little bit disappointed, sure.
Q. Your thoughts on Hantuchova? Tough match when you played her last year.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think she'll definitely be motivated to get a win against me. We played a handful of times. She hasn't been able to be the victor yet. Those are definitely factors I have to keep in my mind when I go into a match against a player I have a good record against.
And also, I think that she's just playing good tennis. She's played some tough matches against some players who have come out hot against her, and she's come through. So that's a good sign.
Q. What are you going to do today to pass the time before your doubles?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Hopefully the time will pass on its own. The last time I was here at like 8:00 and I left at about 8:00. The next time after that, we kind of took a brief intermission, myself and my mom and Serena, we left the tennis center, got some lunch somewhere else, came back. We were still here till 8:00, but it felt different because we took that intermission. So it felt like we were here half the time.
Hopefully the time will pass.
Q. Have you played against Martina Navratilova before? Are you excited about playing against her today?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, for sure excited. I think I saw some of the match yesterday with the doubles, the women's doubles. Seems like she's playing well. More than anything, it seems like the partnership between her and Kuznetsova - did I say it right? - It seems to work very well. Both of them seem to play well together.
Serena and I, we play well together, too.
Q. Is this the first time you played her?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I played her in 2000 at Wimbledon.
Q. Are we going to see you out here at 46?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm not willing to work as hard as she does - even now. So I don't think I'll be able to do anything she's done. Hopefully I can just get close to the things she's done in singles, doubles and mixed. I mean, to be out at 46, I probably won't be that successful.
Q. Even at your level, do you learn something from being on the court with someone like Martina?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I try to learn something from everyone. If I see something that someone else is doing that I'm not, they're doing better than me, of course I try to do it myself.
You know, she was a great doubles champion. If I could pick up a few pointers, I will. I don't think she's going to be whispering anything to me on the match court.
Q. Was there any part of Pratt's game that you didn't expect out there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I think I know her game pretty well because she's pretty much a baseliner. She really likes to grind. It's not like she has a huge serve or she was going to come out and serve and volley against me. If she did that, then I would have been really surprised.
So she did stick to her game. I think that when people come out against me, they have to change their game completely to try to play me, that's when I feel as if I am for sure going to win the match. But she stuck to her game, believed in what she was doing, and that's the sign of a real champ.
Q. Did you always feel in control, the fact that you could dictate the points?
VENUS WILLIAMS: For sure, I think so. I think more than anything I just had to keep my errors down. But there were a lot of times I would hit a hard ball, and she'd hit it right back at me. So I wasn't always ready for those.
At times, I was moving her side to side, she kept getting it back, moving me side to side. When matches are like that, I try to just enjoy the battle, enjoy the moment, say, "I'm fortunate to be out here," not to think about it as, "Why is this happening to me?"
Q. What do you think about all the changes taking place in the leadership of the WTA?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Not a lot of time to think about it right now, between all the matches. But I think, more than anything, the sport is growing. Anytime that you're growing, there's always a few pains. So we'll get through them.
Q. At the end of the season when you lost the three Slams to your sister, maybe you weren't as excited about tennis as you were before. How would you describe your level of motivation, the way that affected you, losing those finals?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I think the first thing is Serena was just playing better, was a better level. I think if I would have played anyone else, for sure I would have won.
But that's the past. Hey, at least I was the finalist.
Q. Did it affect your motivation for the game?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. No, not at all. I was just feeling tired. But I did my best, whatever time I was playing, so I don't feel bad about that.
Q. When you and Serena go into a doubles match, do you actually train for doubles or do you just take your athleticism to the court?
VENUS WILLIAMS: We don't train as much as we'd like. I was thinking today we would go out and hit a few minutes, work on a few doubles drills, because we don't really practice the doubles. We just try to take pride in what we do. We have a saying that, "Whatever happens, you have to show up. If you're going to show up, why not compete? Why not do it right?"
So it doesn't always work out. But it's a little motivation to get out there and play the game.
Q. When you were growing up, which were the women players that you really liked watching?
VENUS WILLIAMS: First, Sabatini when I was really young, like eight. You know, I was a Monica fan. I started grunting, too - haven't stopped since. I guess she was just a revolutionary at that time, just hitting the ball, making it happen. I loved Monica.
Pretty much after that, I was on my own.
I guess four years later -- when I liked Monica, I was like 10 or 11. A few more years, I was playing matches pro, myself, playing against her.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I didn't know what I was doing. It was hard. She took a bathroom break and I fell apart. It's not like I was nervous, it's just I didn't know what I was doing. I've learned a lot since then, to sum it up.
Q. You were, what, 13 or 14?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I was like 14. 3-Love in the second, I won the first, I was on a roll. Oh, well.
Winning % on 1st Serve 31 of 39 = 79 % 16 of 32 = 50 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 10 of 25 = 40 % 11 of 19 = 58 %
Winners (Including Service) 11 3
Break Point Conversions 4 of 7 = 57 % 1 of 6 = 17 %
Total Points Won 65 50
Fastest Serve 194 km/h 162 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 164 km/h 138 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 134 km/h 121 km/h
Jan 19th, 2003, 08:19 AM
Vs. Daniela Hantuchova 
Venus leads 3-0
2001-06-25 Wimbledon Grass R64 Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 6-2
2002-01-14 Australian Open Hardcourt R32 Venus Williams (USA) 3-6 6-0 6-4
2002-08-19 New Haven Hardcourt SF Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 6-3
Winning % on 1st Serve 17 of 31 = 55 % 26 of 30 = 87 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 14 of 30 = 47 % 10 of 27 = 37 %
Winners (Including Service) 9 29
Break Point Conversions 2 of 4 = 50 % 5 of 7 = 71 %
Net Approaches 4 of 8 = 50 % 11 of 14 = 79 %
Total Points Won 52 66
Fastest Serve 164 km/h 201 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 151 km/h 176 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 143 km/h 131 km/h
Jan 21st, 2003, 05:06 AM
Venus Williams advances to semifinals
By PHIL BROWN, Associated Press Writer
January 20, 2003
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Venus Williams wasn't fazed a bit when spectators loudly called some of her shots out.
Williams responded with a burst of winners midway through the first set that helped carry her to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on Tuesday and into the Australian Open semifinals.
``I was fortunate to get through,'' Williams said. ``I don't think Daniela played as well as she wanted to today.''
Williams is one victory away from a potential fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament final against younger sister Serena, who beat her for three major titles last year.
Serena plays her quarterfinal Wednesday against Meghann Shaughnessy.
In the fifth game, spectators yelled that Venus Williams' previous shot had been out when she won a point with a volley. On the next point, a roar of ``out'' came from many in the crowd on Williams' forehand. There was no call from the line judge, but she missed the next shot.
After she lost the game for 2-3 on an out call that was loudly applauded, Williams came back to win her serve at love and broke for 4-3.
``In the middle of a point when the crowd starts to be noisy, it's best just to focus on your shot and not to worry if the ball was really in or out,'' Williams said. ``I'd like to think they were in.''
She had some shaky moments later, but broke three times in the second set, setting up match point with a backhand crosscourt passing shot on the run and winning when Hantuchova sent a backhand long.
She also served six aces at speeds of up to 125 mph, shown as 201 kilometers an hour on the board.
``I don't know if I served well, but did everyone see the 201?'' she asked later. ``I was surprised when I saw that speed. I got a bit distracted but I got my focus back.''
Since hitting the fastest recorded serve in women's tennis, 127 mph in 1998, Williams said she had been concentrating more on placement, hitting her fastest serves when she hasn't been trying.
Now, she said, ``I'm going to start trying to see if I can serve even bigger than the record.''
Hantuchova, a 19-year-old Slovakian seeded seventh, came close to beating Williams at last year's Australian Open, but now has a 0-4 record against her.
Hantuchova had a chance to even the first set at 5-all when Williams, serving at 40-15, netted forehands on the next three points. But with Williams helpless at the net, Hantuchova hit a lob long. She had three errors on the next four points.
In the fourth round Monday, No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt's hope of becoming the first Australian men's champion at the event since 1976 vanished under a barrage of aces by Younes El Aynaoui.
El Aynaoui, a Moroccan seeded 18th, allowed Hewitt just three break points -- and zero breaks of serve -- in the 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-4 upset.
``It was just too hard the way he was serving,'' Hewitt said. ``It's hard to find his backhand when you can't get your racket on the ball. It was a little out of my control.''
The immediate beneficiary of Hewitt's ouster could be Andy Roddick, who will face El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals. Roddick lost the first two sets against Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny before pulling out a 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Roddick won't be joined in the quarterfinals by Davis Cup teammate James Blake, who lost to Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Schuettler's quarterfinal opponent will be 10th-seeded David Nalbandian. The Wimbledon finalist ousted No. 6 Roger Federer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
The other men's quarterfinals are Andre Agassi vs. Sebastien Grosjean, and Juan Carlos Ferrero vs. Wayne Ferreira.
During his 3 1/2 -hour battle against Hewitt, El Aynaoui wore a pin representing a charity run by the king of Morocco. The player donates $100 for each ace he hits.
It was a big day for the charity: El Aynaoui pounded 33 aces.
``I served well the whole way,'' El Aynaoui said. ``The most difficult thing for me is to keep a very high level of play and Lleyton helped me a little bit -- I don't think he played his best today.''
With El Aynaoui serving for the match at 5-4 in the final set, Hewitt had a great chance to break serve. But with plenty of open court space, the Australian drove a forehand into the net.
Hewitt slammed his racket on the court and cursed at himself.
El Aynaoui has played in 25 Grand Slam events and has made the quarterfinals just twice before, including the 2002 U.S. Open, where he lost to Hewitt.
``I think this might be a surprise for most people,'' El Aynaoui said. ``I mean, who knows me around the world? Not many people. But the ones who know about tennis knew I had a chance today. I beat him once (before) and at the U.S. Open I had some set points on the second set.''
Roddick, meanwhile, found a shred of solace by glancing at the statistics on the scoreboard when he was trailing Youzhny.
``I was actually paying a lot of attention to it today,'' Roddick said. ``I was like, 'OK, haven't made too many errors in the last two sets. This is getting better.'''
The Roddick of a year or two ago might have gotten frustrated, down on himself. Not this time.
And those looks at the stats on the scoreboard gave him heart.
``Half the time you're out there, you think you're nuts. You don't know what's going on. You're in a different mind-set,'' Roddick said. ``Nice to have some facts to look up.''
Jan 21st, 2003, 06:55 AM
V. WILLIAMS/D. Hantuchova
Q. You haven't played one preparation tournament, yet you're in the semifinals without dropping one set. What's the recipe?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I did get here a little early. I arrived on Wednesday. I practiced hard. I really didn't want to lose. Maybe that's the recipe.
Q. When did you play last such a good match?
VENUS WILLIAMS: You think it was good?
I think I had a lot of errors. I think also that Daniela didn't play her best. I think she wanted to play better, for sure.
But I think in general, maybe it was my better match of this tournament. But, of course, I'm my best critic, I'm always looking for the things that I can do better after each match, unless it was perfect. So that's probably why I see it like that.
Q. What did you think when you served the 201 kilometer an hour serve?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I didn't even know I served it. I was getting ready for the next serve, then I saw it.
I guess the times that I serve the hardest is when I'm not trying. I haven't even tried to break my record. Back when I was serving really big, I had the 205, I was always trying to serve really hard. So this tournament I did decide that I'm going to start trying to do that again.
Nowadays, I just go for placement and, of course, power. I mean, when I hit it, it just kind of comes that fast. Now I'm going to start trying to see if I can serve it even bigger than the record.
Q. What lesson did you take from last year?
VENUS WILLIAMS: From last year?
Q. Playing her.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, well, I guess a lesson I could have taken is that she was a very good player. But I played her a handful of times. I think this match was just really different from the last one, for sure.
Q. Assuming you would meet Justine Henin in the semifinals, you've beaten her six times, lost one time. How do you feel about her as a player, opponent?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I hated that one loss. I always remember the losses more than the wins. So I guess I'll keep that in mind when I play the next one.
I always remember the scores, you know, the pain. But I think she's playing really well. I didn't see any of the last match. But I was on the doubles court, and they show the scores of the matches on the changeovers. The crowd would go, "Ooh," gasp, because it was 6-6, 7-6. It looked really exciting.
Q. Have you ever been in a match like that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Hmm, yes, I have. Those aren't easy, especially if you lose it.
Q. Did those out calls bother you from the crowd in that first set, when she started calling your shots long?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I just think in the middle of a point when the crowd starts to be a bit noisy, it's best just to focus on your shot and not to worry if the ball was really in or out. Obviously, I can't call the lines for me or against me.
I'd like to think they were in, but I suppose maybe some of them were in or out. I don't know.
Q. Will you watch the game tonight?
VENUS WILLIAMS: They don't seem to show it on TV, so I guess I won't be able to.
Q. You never do that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: If they show the match, if I have time. In general, I like to watch women's tennis a lot, everyone at home, no matter what player it is.
Q. Do you learn something from watching it?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I try to. (Inaudible) learn anything.
Q. You ready to beat the sister?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I assume it's Serena, right (smiling)?
Long way from that still. I mean, the semifinals is a very important point in a Grand Slam, for sure. Whoever I do play, it will be very important for me to focus on that match and just to keep improving. The thing I was happy with today was most of my errors that I was making were long, out, not in the net. When it's in the net, it bothers me. I don't like that.
Q. You have one match between your singles match and the doubles match you're going to play. What will you do in between?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Eat, stretch, tape, play.
Q. Do you tape between matches?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.
Q. Where was the 205?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Zurich, long time ago, '98. Back then I was really always trying like to serve faster. After that, I just tapered off. I was always going for placement. Forgot to serve faster.
Q. Did you serve any more over 200?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. But then in the States, the clock is different. I guess it's about 123, something like that.
Q. Are you more determined, more focused to win a Grand Slam this year as you were last year or is there no difference?
VENUS WILLIAMS: As I was last year? Sure, always. But I think the players who are winning the Grand Slams are the ones who play the points at the right time, who are the bravest, who aren't afraid to make a mistake. That's what I have to be.
Q. If you make it to the final, would you prefer to play your sister again or would you prefer Kim Clijsters?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Serena.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. Sorry. I'm playing favorites.
Q. How does Mark help you as a hitting partner?
VENUS WILLIAMS: He's really consistent. He doesn't miss a lot. Especially if I have to play before a match -- not play, but practice, warm up before a match, then I have to have anything perfect. I don't want anything missing. I want the ball coming exactly how I want it to come. He's quite good at that. He's motivated. He's on time when I'm late. It's great.
Q. You're not wearing your necklace anymore.
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't feel like it, so I didn't. I didn't bring a lot of good ones. I can't seem to find them anymore.
Q. You said the other day that you're a little bit more sure of your path off the court than Serena, that Serena was maybe more exploring her options a little bit more. On the court last year she couldn't have been more focused or dynamic. Do you think there's any validity in that, that that helped her be No. 1 last year, and maybe you just went off the boil a tiny bit?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't quite understand the question.
Q. The fact that you were getting more of your life in order off the court, the fact that she was more focused on the court. Do you think there's any explanation there?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I think that had nothing to do with it. She just was too good. Everyone tried to take her down; no one could do it.
Q. What do you think of your opponent today in view of her improvement? Were you looking for more opposition than what you received?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I've seen her play a few matches here, plus I've played her, so I knew what to expect.
I just didn't want to go out there rushing my shots. Sometimes I can do that, start to make errors. But I don't think she did anything that I didn't expect, no.
Q. You hit so many shots, of course it's hard to remember one. You had a forehand return in the seventh game of the second set that set up a breakpoint. Do you recall that one?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Q. She couldn't even move and the point was over.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I just took that one from Serena, I think. She hits that a lot.
I think at that point I just wasn't thinking about it too much. I just hit the shot instead of trying to analyze it so much beforehand. That works a lot better. It was nice.
Q. Do you normally try to analyze shots before you hit them?
VENUS WILLIAMS: If I'm not playing so well, I do a lot. When I'm playing very well, I just play tennis.
Q. So was this your best return on a first serve?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.
Q. Would there be no relief whatsoever to have to play in the final against somebody who is not your sister?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No relief?
VENUS WILLIAMS: As far as?
Q. I don't know. In terms of psychological terms, not having to play your sister in the final.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Relief? I'm trying to understand the question. I never felt a relief.
Q. Would it be easier maybe psychologically if you had to play somebody who was not Serena, even though you would like to see your sister in the final?
VENUS WILLIAMS: I never really think of it that way. More than anything, I'm just trying to survive myself. Honestly, if I don't make it there, then what's the point? I'm just really trying to get there myself. Once I do get there, obviously I look at it that way.
Hopefully I'll be in the final.
Q. Do you have any time to focus on your design company?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No. In fact, I don't think about it. I have to focus on the tennis. Fortunately I don't have to, and everything's going on at home. I'll have to read my e-mail and see if anything bad happened, but I don't think so.
Q. Does the tennis (inaudible) design?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Design? I think it's kind of an art form.
Venus leads 6-1; 3-0 on hardcourts; 2-0 in Slams; 0-0 in 2003
2001-05-07 Berlin Clay R16 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 6-1 6-4
2001-06-25 Wimbledon Grass F Venus Williams (USA) 6-1 3-6 6-0
2001-08-20 New Haven Hardcourt QF Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 5-7 6-2
2001-12-31 Gold Coast Hardcourt F Venus Williams (USA) 7-5 6-2
2002-02-11 Antwerp Indoor Hardcourt F Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 5-7 6-3
2002-04-08 Amelia Island Clay F Venus Williams (USA) 2-6 7-5 7-6(5)
2002-06-24 Wimbledon Grass SF Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 6-2