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locks
Feb 11th, 2003, 05:45 PM
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I thought Richard Williams would be there but Brandy is :fiery: Venus needs a coach not a mother hen:rolleyes:

jean_genie
Feb 12th, 2003, 02:18 AM
Great pics Locks, LOL at the "mother hen" thing.

Richard was in Paris with Serena for the Open Gaz de France and Brandi was probably with Venus in Belgium warming up for the tourney. Hopefully Richard will surface there. I agree that Venus tends to play better when her dad is with her. Maybe she's more conscious of her play.

Okasu
Feb 12th, 2003, 07:27 PM
Hey, I read that Brandi was in florida when Serena was in Paris with Richard.

From Eurosport...

19:02 : Matevzic looks nervous, who wouldn't be against Venus, the defending champion and world number two?

19:10 : VENUS won the toss and elected to serve

19:13 : Matevzic doesn't return deep enough so the American cruises through her first service game. 1-0

19:16 : Williams isn't giving the Slovakian anytime on her serve, returning powerfully with great depth. Venus gets a break 2-0. The crowd are silent

19:22 : Venus is making this look easy. She sure wants an early night. Playing an all-court game, Venus is completely dominant. 4-0. Matevzic broken again

19:29 : Williams completes her service game with a superb drive volley on the baseline. Complete confidence. 5-0

19:34 : Venus wraps up the first set. Matevzic showed flashes of what she can do, but Williams played the big points when it mattered. VENUS 6-1


19:39 : Poor Matevzic! One double fault and she loses her serve. Williams gets the break 1-0

19:44 : The crowd realise that this is a one-sided battle. Venus pounds down a 179kmh ace to take the game. 2-0

19:46 : Venus wins her 9th game out of ten. It's almost all over. Williams a set and 3-0 up
19:50 : Matevzic is playing much better now in the second set. Taking Venus to deuce in her service game. The Slovakian is starting to attack the net to quell the Americans power, but Venus hits her way to a 4-0 lead. Running to her chair for the changeover

19:54 At last Matevzic wins to love. 4-1.
19:58 : Awesome, awesome power. Venus 5-1. A different class
20:00 : Game Set Match. Venus wins 6-1, 6-1, finishing with an excellent volley. She waves to the crowd.



Congrats Venus....
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schris
Feb 12th, 2003, 08:10 PM
great pictures :D I want more :bounce:

locks
Feb 12th, 2003, 09:02 PM
:D

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locks
Feb 12th, 2003, 09:31 PM
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tennisIlove09
Feb 12th, 2003, 10:20 PM
same style of dress :rolleyes:

Thanks Okasu, Locks :hearts:

locks
Feb 14th, 2003, 03:36 PM
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Venus strolls into semis in Antwerp


ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Top seed and defending champion Venus Williams beat Slovenian Tina Pisnik 6-1 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the WTA Antwerp Diamond Games on Friday.

The world number two, who sometimes needs a while to get going in a match, seemed to take Pisnik off-guard and romped through the first set.

Pisnik, who turns 22 next week, only began to fight back in the sixth game and raised her hands in the air with delight after saving a set point.

"I feel on top of my game," Williams said after the match.

In the second set, Pisnik upped her game a notch to send the American scurrying around the court. She came to the net, whipped balls down the line and floated backhands so improbably low over the net that her racket repeatedly hit the ground.

"It was much more even in the second set," said Williams. "I had to hit a lot of balls. She didn't give me a lot of points."

But Williams raised her game to meet the challenge.

After the match Venus reverted to her playful off-court self and said she was hoping to pick up some diamonds, Antwerp's speciality.

But she said she was not planning to buy anything for her younger sister Serena, who beat her in the final of the Australian Open last month.

"Get her some diamonds? I want to get me some," Venus said. "Every time I buy her something she loses it."

Venus will meet France's Nathalie Dechy or Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Infiniti2001
Feb 14th, 2003, 04:14 PM
As long as Venus is not nekkid :eek: I don't care what she wears. Yes she is into fashion, but playing tennis is her priority at the moment. There's nothing wrong with this outfit... It SCREAMS tennis if you asked me. Sheesh!

VeePeat baby:bounce: :bounce:

schris
Feb 15th, 2003, 11:58 AM
I love her smile :kiss:

locks
Feb 15th, 2003, 10:39 PM
Williams to face Clijsters in final

Posted: Saturday February 15, 2003 3:12 PM


ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Venus Williams of the United States coasted to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Slovak Daniela Hantuchova on Saturday, securing a Diamond Games final against Belgian world No. 3 Kim Clijsters.

The American, ranked second in the world behind her sister Serena, had little difficulty defeating fourth-seeded Hantuchova in the second semifinal. Clijsters topped fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-2, 7-6 (3) earlier.

Williams will be going for her second straight title in Antwerp in her bid to own the diamond-encrusted trophy valued at US$870,000.

"I feel really good with my service games," Williams said. "I'm focused and strong, so I guess I am ready for the final."

Williams started with two blistering serves -- one of which reached 183 kph (113.72 mph) -- against Hantuchova, who could do little in response.

The American tennis superstar made a quick and impressive first stand against the Slovakian world No. 5, taking the first set easily.

While Hantuchova tried to trick Williams in a short and long volley return, it only pushed Williams to respond with harder and tougher backhand returns.

Williams, who almost slipped on the slippery purple, hard-canvas court surface, caused several oohs and aahs in the capacity 14,000 crowd, but recovered in time to return a volley from the Slovak with ease.

Hantuchova tried to answer the powerful Williams serve, clocking a 158 kph (98.18 mph) serve that went right past the American, pushing Williams down 2-1 early in the second set. But Williams answered right back in similar fashion, taking back four straight games before Hantuchova finally clawed her way back to 4-5.

Williams, however, was too much for the Slovak.

In the other semifinal, Clijsters moved quickly to take the first set, capitalizing on solid backhands against her Belgian compatriot.

But Henin-Hardenne, ever the fighter, came back late in the second set, storming to tie Clijsters 6-6. A resurgent Clijsters gave Henin-Hardenne no chance in the tie-break, taking it 7-3.

"I am happy to be through," said Clijsters, who was applauded by her fiancee and men's world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. "I was a bit sick yesterday, this match was better than against Patty Schnyder in the quarterfinal."

Henin-Hardenne lost her last showdown with Clijsters in Sydney, Australia, in January, 6-2, 6-3, and failed again to break her Belgian rival, who moved effortlessly across the court to return every volley.

As defending champion, Williams has most at stake this weekend. She won the inaugural edition of the US$585,000 event last year and is closing in on the ultimate target -- the trophy goes to the first player to win the event three times in any five-year span.

Asked if it would bother her that she would be playing Clijsters on her home turf, Williams said she took it all in stride.

"It does not bother me," Williams said. "In playing at home Kim has to feel good that the whole country is behind her."

Both Williams and Clijsters have yet to lose a set this week and are expected to offer a thrilling final. The trophy, a golden racket, has diamonds all over the handle, alongside the frame and all over a tennis ball fixed in the middle.


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schris
Feb 15th, 2003, 11:53 PM
Good luck Venus against Kim

locks
Feb 16th, 2003, 02:39 AM
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locks
Feb 16th, 2003, 03:59 PM
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Venus wins in Atwerp

Defending champion Venus Williams retained her title in Antwerp on Sunday after overpowering Belgium's Kim Clijsters in a rapid straight set match. The 6-2 6-4 win proved once again the dominance of the Williams.

RE-LIVE: Venus' run to the title
Venus confides to Elmo



A sell-out crowd of 14,400 saw Clijsters set the early pace as the home favourite tried to wrongfoot the defending champion with a series of deep groundstrokes to both sides of the court.

But Williams took command and her consistent serves, often above 180kmh including a number of aces, contrasted with Clijsters' slower delivery and three double faults.

The variety in Williams' game -- as she lobbed, smashed and came to the net to break up the base-line rallies -- eventually ground down her opponent and led to a comfortable victory.


Eurosport
AS & Reuters

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locks
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:01 PM
Williams overcomes crowd to beat Clijsters

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Associated Press


ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams beat Kim Clijsters 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the Diamond Games for her first victory of the season.


Williams, who did not lose a set in the tournament, used an overpowering serve and near-flawless backcourt game to defend her title.

If Williams wins the Diamond Games in any of the next three years, she can claim the diamond-encrusted trophy racket worth $1.07 million, which goes to the first triple champion in any five-year span.


Asked whether she would return to defend her title next year, Williams said, "I have no choice.''


Williams welcomed all challenges to her title, even one from sister Serena, to whom she lost in the final of the Australian Open earlier this season.


"If you want to challenge me here, Serena, if you are watching, come on,'' she said.


Venus received the trophy studded with 1,700 gems and immediately showed the trophy to her mother, Oracene, in the stands.


Williams' straight set win came before a capacity crowd of 14,400 that was completely behind local favorite Clijsters.


"I really felt good when I saw the crowd,'' said Clijsters.


In an entertaining opening set, Clijsters forced a breakpoint in the third game, but a great serve and backcourt scrambling saved Williams. In the fourth game, Clijsters saved two break points before Williams claimed the set in 29 minutes.


Clijsters took control in the second set, breaking Williams in the first game.


Williams countered by exploiting the weak serve of Clijsters with a love game to even the score at 1-1.


From that point, Clijsters' backcourt game deteriorated as she started hitting balls long, wide, or into the net. Williams charged to a 4-1 lead.


The once-raucous crowd grew increasingly silent, with Williams whipping balls past the Belgian.


Clijsters closed within 5-4, but Williams refused to let momentum slip and won the match after 80 minutes when Clijsters sent a ball wide.


"I did all I could to get back into it,'' Clijsters said.


Williams, who lost to her sister Serena in the final of the Australian Open, withdrew from the Dubai Open, which begins Monday, citing a scheduling change.

locks
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:03 PM
Fomr Venus

If you want to challenge me here, Serena, if you are watching, come on,'' she said


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locks
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:11 PM
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Venus Williams (news - web sites) of the United States holds up the Diamond racket trophy after defeating Kim Clijsters of Belgium in the final at the WTA Proximus Diamond Games tournament in Antwerp February 16, 2003. Williams won 6-2 6-4. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

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Feb 16th, 2003, 04:14 PM
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UPDATE 1-Tennis-Venus sinks Clijsters in Antwerp final

By Tom Miles

ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb 16 - Top seed Venus Williams defeated Belgium's Kim Clijsters 6-2 6-4 to win the WTA Antwerp Diamond Games for the second year running on Sunday.

Williams is one title away from winning the one-million-euro ($1.08 million) diamond-studded racket, awarded to the player who wins the Antwerp games three times in five years.

Addressing the television cameras at the end of the match, Williams taunted her sister, Serena, to a challenge next year.

"Serena? Are you watching? Come on!," she said.

But Clijsters did not give Williams the victory without a valiant fight.

A sell-out crowd of 14,400 saw Clijsters set the early pace as the home favourite tried to wrongfoot the defending champion with a series of deep groundstrokes to both sides of the court.

"The atmosphere was just great," Clijsters said. "I enjoyed every moment out there. I started well, at the same level as her."

But Williams later took command and her consistent serves, often above 180kmh, which included a number of aces, contrasted with Clijsters's slower delivery and three double faults.

"I felt calm and ready to do my thing," Williams said.

"I was able to serve well, I had fewer double faults and always managed to get the point. I made fewer mistakes."

NOT AN INCH

The variety in Williams's game -- as she lobbed, smashed and came to the net to break up the base-line rallies -- eventually ground down her opponent and led to a comfortable victory.

"Every other time I've played her, she starts to make mistakes. But this time she didn't," said Clijsters.

"The percentage of first serves can make a lot of difference. She definitely didn't go for it as much and tried to keep her errors under control."

Williams said she had decided to turn over a new leaf.

"I have to change. New century, new millennium, Venus has to stop making mistakes," she said.

Clijsters seconded that remark.

"In all her other matches, she made some unforced errors, but in this one she didn't," she said.

Clijsters recovered well into the second set but it was too late as Williams did not yield an inch.

"I was prepared for her to fight back," the champion said. "I didn't expect her to give up."

Clijsters had beaten Williams twice in five previous meetings, but always lost on hard surfaces like the Antwerp court.

Williams said she had never experienced a crowd like the one at Antwerp. It roared its support for Clijsters and exploded with enthusiasm when, in a long rally late in the second set, Clijsters stumbled and lost her racket, but picked it up to win the point.

(Additional reporting by Gilles Castonguay)


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ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams beat Kim Clijsters 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Diamond Games for her first victory of the season.

Williams, who did not lose a set in the tournament, used an overpowering serve and near-flawless backcourt game to defend her title.
Williams' serves topped off at 117.5 mph, while Clijsters' serves reached 93 mph.
"I put a lot of pressure with my serve," Williams said. "I was always able to force the point."
Clijsters agreed.
"She was simply far too strong on the important points," Clijsters said. "Her first serves made a lot of difference."
If Williams wins the Diamond Games in any of the next three years, she can claim the diamond-encrusted trophy racket worth $1.07 million, which goes to the first triple champion in any five-year span.
"I have a great chance to do that now," Williams said.
Asked whether she would return to defend her title, Williams said, "I have no choice."
Williams welcomed all challenges to her title, even one from sister Serena, to whom she lost in the final of the Australian Open earlier this season.
"If you want to challenge me here, Serena, if you are watching, come on," said Venus, who has lost to her sister in the final of the last four Grand Slam events.
Venus accepted the trophy studded with 1,700 gems and immediately showed it to her mother, Oracene, in the stands.
Williams' straight set win came before a capacity crowd of 14,400 that was completely behind local favorite Clijsters.
"I really felt good when I saw the crowd," said Clijsters.
In an entertaining opening set, Clijsters forced a breakpoint in the third game, but a great serve and backcourt scrambling saved Williams. In the fourth game, Clijsters saved two break points before Williams claimed the set in 29 minutes.
Clijsters took control in the second set, breaking Williams in the first game.
Williams countered by exploiting the weak serve of Clijsters with a love game to even the score at 1-1.
From that point, Clijsters' backcourt game deteriorated as she started hitting balls long, wide, or into the net. Williams charged to a 4-1 lead.
The once-raucous crowd grew increasingly silent, with Williams whipping balls past the Belgian.
Clijsters closed within 5-4, but Williams refused to let momentum slip and won the match after 80 minutes when Clijsters sent a ball wide.
"I did all I could to get back into it," Clijsters said.
Williams withdrew from the Dubai Open, which begins Monday, citing a scheduling change.
AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

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Infiniti2001
Feb 16th, 2003, 04:31 PM
The once-raucous crowd grew increasingly silent, with Williams whipping balls past the Belgian.

Yep, let your racquet do the talking Queen Vee :)



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Venus Forever
Feb 16th, 2003, 05:14 PM
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GREAT JOB VENUS!!

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Feb 17th, 2003, 05:36 PM
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