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Okasu
Mar 12th, 2003, 06:49 PM
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid54/pefabafec0c7aea10242dc1af7b58e7a8/fc834cdc.jpg


C'mon NasDaq Queen

tennisIlove09
Mar 12th, 2003, 09:57 PM
Champion 1998 [def. A. Kournikova 26 64 61]
Champion 1999 [def. S. Williams 61 46 64]
Champion 2001 [def. J. Capriati 46 61 76[74]]

Champion 2003

GO VENUS!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :worship: :worship: :worship:

[NO MORE FEELING SORRY FOR SERENA]

locks
Mar 14th, 2003, 07:43 PM
Take it back

V :kiss: E :drool: N :hearts: U :lick: S :devil:

:bounce: :bounce: :kiss: :kiss: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts: :hearts: :bounce: :bounce: :drool: :drool: :bounce: :devil: :devil:

Infiniti2001
Mar 14th, 2003, 08:18 PM
Let's go Venus, it's time to take make some more noise...

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Venus Forever
Mar 14th, 2003, 09:01 PM
Re-Claim the Title, Venus!!

:bounce: :worship: :bounce: :worship: :bounce:

Bероника
Mar 15th, 2003, 12:50 PM
Come on,Venus!!!!

Infiniti2001
Mar 16th, 2003, 10:15 PM
Come on http://members.fortunecity.com/infinitiqx4/0e2fa750.gif

Let's make this your playground again :)

jean_genie
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:15 PM
Come on Venus! Show them who's the Queen :worship: :worship:
Take that title :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Mar 17th, 2003, 07:57 AM
:worship: Come on http://members.fortunecity.com/infinitiqx4/0e2fa750.gif

Let's make this your playground again :)

Hey! I LOVE That sign!! :hearts: :worship:

TM
Mar 17th, 2003, 08:39 AM
GO VENUS!!!

locks
Mar 17th, 2003, 09:04 PM
2003 NASDAQ-100 Open Broadcast Schedule

ESPN/ESPN2
Sunday 3/23 3-5 pm Live ESPN2
Monday 3/24 1-4 pm Live ESPN
Tuesday 3/25 2-4 am Tape Delay ESPN2
Tuesday 3/25 1-4 pm Live ESPN
Tuesday 3/25 11 pm - 1 am Tape Delay ESPN2
Wednesday 3/26 1-4 pm Live ESPN
Wednesday 3/26 11 pm - 1 am Tape Delay ESPN2
Thursday 3/27 Noon-4 pm Live ESPN2
Thursday 3/27 9-11 pm Tape Delay ESPN2
Friday 3/28 2:30-5 pm Live ESPN2
Friday 3/28 7-9 pm Live ESPN2

CBS:
Saturday 3/29 11 am - 1 pm Live CBS *Women's finale*(See ya there Venus) :kiss: :bounce: :kiss:
Sunday 3/30 Noon-2 pm Tape Delay CBS *Men's finale


ESPN/ESPN2 TV COVERAGE SCHEDULE:

Mar. 23 (Sun) 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm [ESPN2]
Mar. 24 (Mon) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm [ESPN]
Mar. 25 (Tu) 2:00 am to 4:00 am [ESPN2]
Mar. 25 (Tu) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm [ESPN]
Mar. 25 (Tu) 11:00 pm to 1:00 am [ESPN2]
Mar. 26 (Wed) 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm [ESPN]
Mar. 26 (Wed) 11:00 pm to 1:00 am [ESPN2]
Mar. 27 (Th) 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm [ESPN2]
Mar. 27 (Th) 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm [ESPN2]
Mar. 28 (Fri) 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm [ESPN2]
Mar. 28 (Fri) 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm [ESPN2]

locks
Mar 17th, 2003, 11:01 PM
The draw for now
http://www.sportsline.com/tennis/brackets/womens/18_1

1- Serena Williams - bye
Francesca Schiavone vs. Barbara Rittner
Qualifier vs. Marissa Irvin
25- Tatiana Panova - bye

19- Elena Dementieva - bye
Emilie Loit vs. Nicole Pratt
Iroda Tulyaganova vs. Qualifier
16- Elena Bovina - bye

10- Monica Seles - bye
WC- Ally Baker vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
24- Alexandra Stevenson - bye

29- Iva Majoli - bye
Flavia Pennetta vs. Angelique Widjaja
Tina Pisnik vs. Cristina Torrens Valero
7- Lindsay Davenport - bye

3- Kim Clijsters - bye
WC- Jamea Jackson vs. Yoon Jeong Cho
Maja Matevzic vs. Cara Black
27- Paola Suarez - bye

22- Lisa Raymond - bye
Qualifier vs. WC- Peng Shuai
Fabiola Zuluaga vs. Angelika Roesch
15- Anna Pistolesi - bye

9- Jelena Dokic - bye
Virginia Ruano Pascual vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
WC- Maria Sharapova vs. Els Callens
21- Nathalie Dechy - bye

28- Elena Likhovtseva - bye
Tathiana Garbin vs. Silvija Talaja
Barbara Schett vs. Alicia Molik
5- Daniela Hantuchova - bye

8- Amelie Mauresmo - bye
Klara Koukalova vs. Qualifier
Rita Grande vs. Tatiana Poutchek
26- Clarisa Fernandez - bye

20- Silvia Farina Elia - bye
Katarina Srebotnik vs. WC- Tatiana Golovin
Joannette Kruger vs. WC- Carly Gullickson
12- Chanda Rubin - bye

14- Eleni Daniilidou - bye
Jill Craybas vs. Qualifier
Martina Muller vs. Qualifier
18- Amanda Coetzer - bye

30- Tamarine Tanasugarn - bye
Denisa Chladkova vs. Verz Zvonareva
Patricia Wartusch vs. Qualifier
4- Justine Henin-Hardenne - bye

6- Jennifer Capriati - bye
Iveta Benesova vs. Qualifier
Daja Bedanova vs. Stephanie Foretz
31- Laura Granville - bye

17- Ai Sugiyama - bye
Dinara Safina vs. Anna Kounikova
Qualifier vs. Sarah Taylor
11- Anastasia Myskina - bye

13- Magdalena Maleeva - bye
Meilen Tu vs. WC- Bethanie Mattek
Alina Jidkova vs. Anca Barna
23- Meghann Shaughnessy - bye

32- Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian - bye
Virginie Razzano vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
Shinobu Asagoe vs. Magui Serna
2- :kiss: Venus Williams :kiss: - bye

tennisIlove09
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:03 AM
Venus/Jennifer QF!! Yea!

CJ07
Mar 18th, 2003, 01:14 AM
This title is yours V!

Chance
Mar 18th, 2003, 02:31 AM
OMG I'm so excited and I don't even get coverage lol

Come on VENUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

tennisIlove09
Mar 18th, 2003, 03:18 AM
OMG I'm so excited and I don't even get coverage lol

Come on VENUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

:eek: :sad: sorry you don't get coverage...that must suck.

I guess I will only get coverage if Venus wins it ;) [I don't want events Venus plays in if she loses...I will watch it live, but not again :rolleyes: ]

locks
Mar 18th, 2003, 10:04 PM
You think they'll show Venus on tv? At the Aussie Open we didn't see much of her matches. She and Cap are on the same side. So I'm thinking Espn will likely show Cap :sad: I guess it doesn't matter as long as we see her in the final.

tennisIlove09
Mar 18th, 2003, 10:24 PM
Hopefully Agassi/Roddick are on the same half, and they play the same day as Serena. We will see Venus then :D :p

Okasu
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:45 AM
OMG I'm so excited and I don't even get coverage lol

Come on VENUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

that's messed up :eek: I'm sure we will all give reports :kiss:

Chance
Mar 20th, 2003, 06:13 AM
Do your thing
Make my heart sing
Do your thing
Make my heart sing
Boom Boom & Bang Bang
Do your thing
Do your thing



....lol sorry I know that was corny but that dance song was on the radio. :o :angel:

Moving on
Venus either plays Magui Serna or Shinobu Asagoe in the Second round

H2H

Venus WILLIAMS (USA) v Shinobu ASAGOE (JPN)

2001 Wimbledon Grass (O) 128 Venus WILLIAMS 6-2 6-3

Venus WILLIAMS (USA) leads 1 : 0


Venus WILLIAMS (USA) v Magui SERNA (ESP)

1999 Hamburg Clay (O) 16 Venus WILLIAMS 6-3 6-1
1999 New Haven Hard (O) QF Venus WILLIAMS 6-0 6-4
2000 U.S. Open Hard (O) 16 Venus WILLIAMS 6-2 6-2

Venus WILLIAMS (USA) leads 3 : 0

awwe tennisIlove09 and okasu, I'm used to my suxy tv coverage but I'll be looking forward to those reports ;) :cool:

tennisIlove09
Mar 20th, 2003, 08:09 AM
thanks for those H2H...shouldn't be much of a worry for Venus.

Serna has a creative game that may test Venus a little. Asagoe doesn't have the power to hurt Vee [at least not the last time I saw her play]

locks
Mar 20th, 2003, 05:54 PM
S.Williams vs V.Williams :kiss: can be boring to somebody
Will anyone halt the Williams' reign?
By Rose Paton


There are those who probably never will be bored watching a Williams sisters Grand Slam final, even if Serena and Venus stretch their streak of showdowns to five at the French Open, to six at Wimbledon and to seven at the U.S. Open.

Those are fans with the sophistication to bypass the window dressing that goes with every Williams-vs.-Williams final and focus on the nuances in each match.

It was cynical about the Williams final: but it was undoubtedly a competitive match, and the athleticism and shotmaking awesome. This is the way forward - and it's up to the rest of the ladies on the tour to get down the gym, get out to training and get to developing weapons to challenge the sisters' domination.

"The Williams sister are doing a great job, good for them. Tennis is a pleasure to watch when they are playing. One should realise it is not always easy to play against your sister or brother. Can one imagine the Klitchkow Brothers having to box each other?" A fan said

"The negative people should just find another sport to watch, if they find the Williams sisters dominance in the sport is boring them. Well done Serena and Venus keep on moving, do not look back!!" an expert said

Women's tennis has never been more exciting. It's up to the rest of the lagging pack of women in the tour to step up their play. They can't help that they're that good. It's good for the sport. Didn't Nicholas dominate golf? And it's good for the sport.

Women's tennis has never enjoyed better ratings as now. The field is grand, and has taken over the Men's field. Look at the ratings; as long as the Williams sisters are active, it makes the sport grander.

But there is a larger segment of the tennis-watching public that is going to start tuning out if Venus :drool: doesn't win at Paris or if Kim Clijsters or Jennifer Capriati or someone else doesn't step up soon and make this into more than a two-woman tour.

Tennis is a lot like other second-level sports in this country. There is a hard-core fan base that is able to get deep inside the game, and there is a more fluid, fickle constituency that requires personality and other external factors to hold their interest.

The problem for television is that we've now had the Williams sisters in four consecutive Slam finals, and the novelty is wearing thin for the less-than-devout.

What began in 1999, when they played in the Key Biscayne final, as a fascinating and controversial matchup, has lost a lot of luster for casual fans. To those who know the game, there are significant differences in how they play, and the contrast enhances their matches.

To the rest, the Williamses seem to be mirror images -- just a couple of slammers.

The matchup no longer fascinates those who once thought father Richard Williams controlled the outcomes or that the sisters were too reluctant to play their best tennis against each other.

Serena changed all that at Key Biscayne in 2002. Where Venus once professed to hate being on court against her sister, which only fueled the fix theorists, Serena doesn't care who's on the other side of the net. She is relentless in pursuit of victory.

Venus, on the other hand, plays hard in these finals, but you get no passion from her before the match. There is no, "I can't wait to get even with little sister," which would give us the fire every rivalry needs.

Also, Serena vs. Venus would be more captivating to everyone if Venus would win here and there. But she has lost their past five meetings and has taken only one set, at the Australian Open. You can't have a real rivalry when one player wins all the time.

The last time we had this sort of domination by two women was in the 1980s with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. They played 14 Grand Slam finals against each other, including three in a row and five out of six during a stretch in 1984-85.

Navratilova beat Evert three times in a row at the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 1984 before Evert won the 1985 French. Then Navratilova beat her at Wimbledon a few weeks later.

Yet no one was ever bored by Evert vs. Navratilova because their personalities were different, their styles of play were different and because you knew that come the French Open, Evert would get her revenge.

It felt like a real rivalry. It looked like a real rivalry. What you get with Serena vs. Venus :hearts: in a Grand Slam final now are by far the two best female players in the world. If you can enjoy for the quality of play, fine. But for the casual fans, the novelty has worn off and the thrill is gone.

Judging from the draw (TENNISNEWS.COM)

Which is not exactly good news for Serena Williams. The #1 seed and defending champion has a very tough row to hoe. She starts with a first round bye, of course (since all 32 seeds get one), but then she faces either Francesca Schiavone (who is currently ranked above #32 seed Mikaelian; she would have been seeded if they had used this week's rankings) or upset artist Barbara Rittner, who last week beat Jelena Dokic. After that, it's probably Tatiana Panova, who has no offensive weapons but who can scramble enough that she just might draw some Serena errors. She hasn't any real chance to win, but she could tire Serena out. Then in the round of sixteen, Serena would face Elena Bovina, who is one of the few players really able to hit with Serena. Then either Lindsay Davenport or Monica Seles, and then Kim Clijsters, who is here with a shot at the #2 ranking.

Sister Venus :hearts: may also open against an upset artist, since she'll face either the Upset Artist herself, Magui Serna, or Shinobu Asagoe. Things won't be too bad in the rounds after that: The rusty Mikaelian, then either Meghann Shaughnessy or Magdalena Maleeva (Maleeva is seeded higher, but Shaughnessy likes the surface better. Both have beaten Venus in the past two years -- but Shaughnessy did it on hardcourts at an event Venus wanted; Maleeva did it indoors at an event where Venus perhaps wasn't quite as interested in).
~END~

Not too many article on Venus herself. Go V :bounce: E :devil: N :kiss: U :drool: S

tennisIlove09
Mar 20th, 2003, 10:48 PM
Asagoe def. Serna 64 64

Asagoe to face QUEEN

jean_genie
Mar 21st, 2003, 01:52 AM
Asagoe def. Serna 64 64

Asagoe to face QUEEN

Is this match being played tomorrow (Friday)???

Okasu
Mar 21st, 2003, 03:19 AM
GO Venus

Do your danm thing in Miami

tennisIlove09
Mar 21st, 2003, 08:43 AM
Question of the day:

Will Venus be sporting a new dress this week?

I hope so!!

locks
Mar 21st, 2003, 06:53 PM
Question of the day:

Will Venus be sporting a new dress this week?

I hope so!!

I haven't thought about but now that you bing it up. I want to see her in something fill with color. To enhance her lovely skin tone :kiss:

schris
Mar 21st, 2003, 07:39 PM
GO GO GO VENUS !!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Mar 21st, 2003, 10:19 PM
I would LOVE Venus to wear a pink. I think she would look great. Not bold, bright pink like Serena had a couple years ago, but a soft light, pastel pink

locks
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:50 PM
Just one more day until the magnificent and most intriguing one begins her journey :drool:

locks
Mar 21st, 2003, 11:54 PM
SCHEDULE OF PLAY FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003



STADIUM - 7:00 PM START

1. WS2 Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) vs :lick: Venus Williams :drool: (USA) [2]

tennisIlove09
Mar 22nd, 2003, 01:00 AM
Venus is almost unbeatable when playing at night.

locks
Mar 22nd, 2003, 04:10 AM
Venus is almost unbeatable when playing at night.

Yea and the first casualty of beauty is Shinobu Asagoe.

Go Venus :bounce: I want to see bodies all over the place :bounce: :bounce: family members included. ;)

CJ07
Mar 22nd, 2003, 04:11 AM
go Venus, lets have a double bagel!

tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:06 AM
Venus def. Asagoe 63 61

Match Summary Asagoe Williams
1st Serve % 79% 60%
Aces 0 4
Double Faults 0 7
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 18 of 42 = 43% 27 of 36 = 75%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 3 of 11 = 27% 9 of 24 = 38%
Winners (Including Service) 7 22
Unforced Errors 24 34
Break Point Conversions 2 of 5 = 40 % 6 of 9 = 67 %
Net Approaches 2 of 6 = 33 % 5 of 9 = 56 %
Total Points Won 45 68
Fastest Match Serve Speed 96 MPH 115 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 89 MPH 101 MPH

tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:08 AM
Venus vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi

H2H--First match

Serena has played her before:
2001-06-25 Wimbledon Grass R32 Serena Williams (USA) 6-1 6-2

locks
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:25 AM
Victim #1

Shinobu Asagoe

:bounce: :kiss: :kiss: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts: :hearts:

locks
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:29 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030322/capt.1048381028nasdaq_100_open_fkb112.jpg

http://ludie.zandalea.net/1006.jpg
:hearts: :lick: :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :kiss: :hearts:

tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 01:32 AM
Thanks for the pic.

I guess my hopes of a new dress are dashed :o

Infiniti2001
Mar 23rd, 2003, 02:08 AM
Good going Miss Vee :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030322/capt.1048383549nasdaq_100_open_fkb114.jpg

locks
Mar 23rd, 2003, 02:20 AM
SCHEDULE OF PLAY FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2003

STADIUM - 11:00 AM START

1. MS3 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) [3] vs Marcelo Rios (CHI) [28]
2. WS3 Jennifer Capriati (USA) [6] vs Laura Granville (USA) [31]
3. WS3 Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) vs Venus Williams (USA) [2]
4. MS3 James Blake (USA) [21] vs Robby Ginepri (USA)

Venus Forever
Mar 23rd, 2003, 02:21 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mr. Man
Mar 23rd, 2003, 02:47 AM
At least that dress is a twq piece, the one at the AO was a one. It's sort of new. ;)

Venus Forever
Mar 23rd, 2003, 02:50 AM
At least that dress is a twq piece, the one at the AO was a one. It's sort of new. ;)

Actually no. Venus' outfits at the Australian open were both one pieces and two pieces.

I remember her first round match against Kuznetsova being a two piece. ;)

It's still the same. :rolleyes:

I'm ready for a new outfit, can we please change it during the clay season, Venus?? :o

tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 09:25 AM
Venus Eases Past Asagoe in Miami
Sat March 22, 2003 11:12 PM ET

By Richard Luscombe
MIAMI, Florida (Reuters) - Venus Williams led the charge as six American woman raced into the last 32 of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne on Saturday.

The world number two opened her campaign with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Japan's Shinobu Asagoe despite some problems with her serve.

"My toss isn't in the right spot. I'm not able to execute very well, but normally I'm not making mistakes when a point really counts," she said.

Williams was given little time to rest.

She must play her third-round match against Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland on Sunday afternoon. Sarah Taylor claimed one of the biggest successes of her career by eliminating Anastasia Myskina, the world number 11 and an Australian Open quarter-finalist this year, 7-5, 6-4.

The 21-year-old American, given a wild card into the tournament, needed an hour and 33 minutes to see off the talented Russian, a title-winner in Doha in February.

Her opponent in the last 32 will be Ai Sugiyama of Japan, the 17th seed who beat Russia's Dinara Safina, the sister of former men's world number one Marat Safin, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Taylor was one of three American successes against Russian players on the tournament's fourth morning.

Jennifer Capriati, the sixth seed, eased past Anastassia Rodionova 7-6, 6-2 in a match twice briefly delayed by rain on the Stadium Court.

Capriati, runner-up in Miami in each of the last two years and a semi-finalist in Indian Wells last week, was made to dig deep in the first-set tiebreak before breaking the spirited Russian in a one-sided second set.

"She wasn't giving up, that's for sure," Capriati said.

"I raised the level of my game in the second set. Even if I'd lost the tiebreak, I think I was right there anyway. I would have upped my game and probably taken it to a third set.

"She played well at that moment, but in the tiebreak I played better, I played a little smarter than her."

Capriati says she is almost fully recovered from eye surgery earlier this year to remove sunspots.

"My eyes are pretty much 100 per cent. I just have to wear glasses whenever I can and have check-ups," she said.

Meghann Shaughnessy, seeded 23, dropped the first set to Alina Jidkova but hit back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Chanda Rubin, seeded 12, ended the run of 16-year-old fellow American Carly Gullickson with a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

Further American success came with Laura Granville's 6-2, 6-3 win over Daja Bedanova of the Czech Republic.

Meilen Tu failed to make it seven Americans through when she was swept aside by 13th seed Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 6-1 in the night session.

Eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo was taken to a final set tiebreak by Marta Marrero of Spain before prevailing 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.

Italy's Silvia Farina Elia, the 20th seed, needed treatment for heat exhaustion after conceding her third-round match to Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik at 4-3 in the final set.

She was taken off on a stretcher but was expected to make a full recovery.

Two other seeds were eliminated. South African Amanda Coetzer lost 6-1, 6-4 to Germany's Marlene Weingartner and Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian was beaten 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Swiss second-round match against Gagliardi.

Other seeds advancing were Clarissa Fernandez of Argentina and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.

The top seed in the $2.96m event is the world number one Serena Williams. The defending champion opened her campaign on Friday night with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italy's Francesca Schiavone and will play Russian Tatiana Panova on Sunday.

tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 09:26 AM
Agassi, Venus Advance at Key Biscayne
Sat Mar 22, 8:43 PM ET

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Andre Agassi (news) earned the victory. Michael Chang (news) settled for a curtain call.


AP Photo



As the two longtime rivals walked off the stadium court, Agassi graciously took a sideline seat so Chang could bask alone in one last round of applause at Key Biscayne.


They played for perhaps the final time Saturday, and Agassi won 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open. Chang plans to retire after his 17th U.S. Open (news - web sites) this summer.


"Not just in tennis, but in all of sports, he's as great a competitor as you'll ever see," Agassi said. "He has never once not shown up with everything he's had."


But as has often been the case, Chang's best wasn't enough against Agassi, who opened a bid for his sixth Key Biscayne title after a first-round bye.


The rivalry goes back 22 years to a tournament when Chang was 10 and Agassi 12. Chang never beat Agassi in their countless juniors matches, and on the pro tour Agassi has won 15 of their 22 meetings, including the past four.


Still, Chang said he hopes for more chances against Agassi — and Pete Sampras (news) as well — in his final months on tour.


"I feel like it's an opportunity for me to go out there and play against some of the best players in the world, guys that I've grown up playing against for so many years," Chang said. "It's always something that is very enjoyable for me — a little more enjoyable when I win."


Winners on the women's side included No. 2-seeded Venus Williams (news - web sites), No. 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 6 Jennifer Capriati.


Williams, the champion in 1998 and 1999, beat Shinobu Asagoe 6-3, 6-1 in 58 minutes. Capriati started slowly on another steamy day in South Florida but defeated Anastassia Rodionova 7-6 (3), 6-2.


"The conditions are a little tough," Capriati said. "It's a little hot out there. I felt a little sluggish out there in the beginning. I don't think I played like my greatest tennis. I mean, I didn't have to, luckily."


In other men's play, No. 7 Marat Safin was upset by Davide Sanguinetti 7-6 (9), 7-5. No. 4 Roger Federer, who lost to Agassi in last year's final, beat Luis Horna 6-2, 7-5.


At 32, Agassi is two years older than Chang. But Chang does a lot more running because of his counterpunching style, and his career has been in decline for several years. He won his only Key Biscayne title 11 years ago.


Agassi, meanwhile, seems to improve with age.


"It's great to see Andre fulfill his potential," Chang said. "When he first came on tour, he had everything but titles. He had flair and the charisma and stuff. Now he has been able to put it all together, and it has been good to see."


Seeded second, Agassi became the favorite to win his third consecutive Key Biscayne title when No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, weakened by an upset stomach, lost his opening match Friday night against qualifier Francisco Clavet.


Against Chang, Agassi showed no signs of the sore shoulder that forced him to skip Indian Wells earlier this month. He smacked six aces and lost only 16 service points.





As a precaution, Agassi had ice on his shoulder after the match, and he said he likely would have withdrawn had the match been played three days earlier.

"I wasn't too hopeful coming here Monday hitting balls for the first time," Agassi said. "But once I had my practice and got over the initial soreness of using my shoulder again, it has really made some great strides."

The only service break of the opening set came in the seventh game, when Chang lost his serve with four backhand errors. Agassi broke twice more in the second set and never lost his serve.

When Chang hit a rare winner on the first point of the second set, he whirled toward the crowd, grinned and spread his arms in mock jubilation. Then he double-faulted.

Even two brief rain delays couldn't halt the sense that Chang's farewell tour would soon be leaving town. But chasing Agassi's superior groundstrokes never made him feel old, he claimed.

"No, because I look over and I see Andre has less hair," Chang joked.

On match point, Chang hit one last errant forehand, and the two friendly foes removed their caps and shook hands at the net, perhaps for the final time.

"Today felt a little something extra, playing Michael," Agassi said. "We've been on the court so many times in big situations that even though it's the second round, it still always certainly holds something special."

locks
Mar 23rd, 2003, 03:48 PM
I think your right! What Espn really meant to say is we'll see a highlight of Venus' match :rolleyes:

Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 06:59 PM
I hope Venus was going for her 2nd serve with that many dfs. Anyway...

WooHoooo Venus

Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:20 PM
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Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:23 PM
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Infiniti2001
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:25 PM
I got some too :)

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:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 08:25 PM
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tennisIlove09
Mar 23rd, 2003, 10:39 PM
I'm literally on my out the door for work....

BUT

Venus def. Gagliardi 63 62!

I can't post the match stats, but they are MUCH better then the 1st RD. Venus won about 55% on her SECOND serve points, and she only doubled 2 or 3 times!

Okasu: did you get this match on ESPN today?

Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 10:43 PM
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Hey...locks here is the latest victim

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Mr. Man
Mar 23rd, 2003, 11:11 PM
Stats:
Gagliardi - V. Williams
1st Serve % 75% 62%
Aces 1 5
Double Faults 1 3
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 24 of 44 = 55% 27 of 34 = 79%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 7 of 15 = 47% 12 of 21 = 57%
Winners (Including Service) 10 25
Unforced Errors 18 25
Break Point Conversions 0 of 0 = 0 % 3 of 7 = 43 %
Net Approaches 5 of 8 = 63 % 16 of 24 = 67 %
Total Points Won 47 67
Fastest Match Serve Speed 100 MPH 118 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 93 MPH 101 MPH

Okasu
Mar 23rd, 2003, 11:27 PM
No..http://www.gamers-forums.com/smilies/contrib/dvv/pissed.gif they(espn) cut me off at 3-2 in the first set for women basketball

locks
Mar 24th, 2003, 01:21 AM
STADIUM - 7:00 PM START

MS3 Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) [30] vs Roger Federer (SUI) [4]
WS4 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) [23] vs :lick: Venus Williams(USA) [2]


:bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :hearts: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :hearts: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :hearts: :bounce:

locks
Mar 24th, 2003, 01:37 AM
Victim #2

Gagliardi
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid56/p29c614c311396f51a663a9fce1535abc/fc759688.jpg

:bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce: :kiss: :bounce:

locks
Mar 24th, 2003, 02:02 AM
V. WILLIAMS/E. Gagliardi
6-3, 6-2

An interview with:

VENUS WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Venus, please.

Q. I loved watching you play today.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Thanks.

Q. You were running so well.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Thanks.

Q. Do you enjoy coming in on the short balls?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think it's a key point to playing good tennis. More than anything, when I'm out there on the court, I just try to say, "Play the ball," and just play tennis. A lot of times that includes getting up to the short ones.

Q. You do that awfully well.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Thanks.

Q. Is it your combination of short followed by the overhead or the other way around?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I guess I'm quite good at that because of my height. I can kind of reach all the balls with ease, it's a real blessing.

Q. How hard is it not to look ahead a couple matches?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, I haven't really even seen the draw yet. I haven't really been around. I kind of get here for the match and play. There's no draws up in the locker room, and I haven't been up to the players' lounge or anything.

Q. I guess you'll watch your sister's match tonight?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think I play tomorrow. I think there's another match tomorrow, so I'll actually go and recuperate.

Q. So that would be three in a row for you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Uh-hmm.

Q. I know you were saying two in a row is normal. Is three in a row normal?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah.

Q. Do you like that better, do you get in more of a rhythm not skipping a day?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, I don't even know. I'm just playing when I'm on the schedule.

Q. I was relieved today you won quickly. I was afraid the rain was going to interrupt the last game. When it's this cloudy, does that get into your thinking?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I was just really trying to be real consistent. The match was going over an hour. I wanted to really just play well in the games and not lose serve so that did happen.

Q. You play the winner of the Maleeva-Shaughnessy match. Can you talk about those two players, your experiences.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I played both of them quite a few times, so I should be ready.

Q. Anything about their games in particular?

VENUS WILLIAMS: They're both real good. I think they've both been Top 20 in the past and probably Top 20 now. So I'm definitely going to be on top of my game.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports...

Venus Forever
Mar 24th, 2003, 02:09 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Mar 24th, 2003, 07:57 AM
4th RD
vs. Meghann Shaughnessy

2000-08-28 U.S. Open Hardcourt R32 Venus Williams (USA) 7-6(3) 6-1
2001-01-15 Australian Open Hardcourt R64 Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 7-6(3)
2001-04-30 Hamburg Clay F Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 6-0
2001-07-23 Stanford Hardcourt QF Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 2-6 7-5 7-6(4)
2002-07-22 Stanford Hardcourt R16 Venus Williams (USA) 6-4 6-1
2002-08-19 New Haven Hardcourt R16 Venus Williams (USA) 6-2 6-4

locks
Mar 24th, 2003, 03:58 PM
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Okasu
Mar 24th, 2003, 07:01 PM
Infiniti....

I thought I was double posting http://smilies.jeeptalk.org/otn/realhappy/biglaugh.gif

great pics :wavey:

CJ07
Mar 24th, 2003, 08:30 PM
lets go V
cut those errors down even more!

tennisIlove09
Mar 24th, 2003, 10:51 PM
Go Vee! This Title Is All Yours!

Mr. Man
Mar 25th, 2003, 03:21 AM
Shaugnessy ends Venus' run. 6:7(7-2) 1:6

Match Summary:
Shaughnessy Williams
1st Serve % 51% 52%
Aces 6 2
Double Faults 5 6
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 28 of 38 = 74% 24 of 31 = 77%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 21 of 37 = 57% 8 of 29 = 28%
Winners (Including Service) 24 22
Unforced Errors 17 32
Break Point Conversions 3 of 9 = 33 % 1 of 6 = 17 %
Net Approaches 11 of 18 = 61 % 6 of 10 = 60 %
Total Points Won 77 58
Fastest Match Serve Speed 112 MPH 114 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 103 MPH 101 MPH

Those DF Venus! :(

Infiniti2001
Mar 25th, 2003, 03:22 AM
What happened Vee?? :sad: :sad: :kiss: :wavey: Oh well, there will be other tournaments

Okasu
Mar 25th, 2003, 03:32 AM
Venus,Venus,Venus....

Infiniti2001
Mar 25th, 2003, 04:11 AM
M. SHAUGHNESSY/V. Williams
7-6, 6-1

An interview with:

VENUS WILLIAMS

THE MODERATOR: First question for Venus, please.

Q. Does it cushion the disappointment a little bit the way you fought at the end at least?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's always disappointing to lose but, you know, I think she played real well and stayed in there. You know, she hit a lot of good shots.

Q. Do you think you underestimated her at all?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. Not at all. I had a pretty good start. You know, it's impossible to win every match. I tried. But I couldn't seem to get the ball to go in today.

Q. Was wind a huge factor?

VENUS WILLIAMS: The wind? No.

Q. How well do you think you played?

VENUS WILLIAMS: So and so. I think that if I played really well, then there was a really good chance that I would have won the match for sure. But more than anything, I think, you know, she played some real good tennis.

Q. How close did you feel like you were to digging out of that hole there at the end?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely felt that if I could have won a game or two, you know, I would have had a nice chance to get back into the match. And, you know, all I can do is just give her some credit for playing well.

Q. You saved eight matchpoints. Were you thinking, "I can definitely do this" by that point, at that point?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I always felt that I could do it until I ran out of time. Then, of course, this is the end, so all I can do is just prepare for the clay court season now.

Q. How do your knees feel?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Feeling good.

Q. Was Serena here watching you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think so.

Q. How different is she than when you've played her in the past? She's obviously bulked up. Is that noticeable in her game?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think she's the same.

Q. What is your clay court schedule?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Just going to go over to Europe in the beginning of May.

Q. So nothing here?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. But Fed Cup?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes, I am in Federation Cup.

Q. You lose so infrequently. Is it a little shocking to yourself when you do?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure, because I'm not preparing to lose when I'm on the practice court or in the match. I'm not playing to hope to win; I do have the expectation, of course, that the match will be a win for me. More than anything, I think, you know, once I have a loss, then I'm able to go out and work harder. So it's just back to the drawing board.

Q. Do you go back to work now at the design firm, or do you hang around and watch Serena?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm going to practice, pretty much.

Q. Can you enjoy a match like that? I mean, obviously it's more enjoyable if you're winning. But a match where you really have to fight, someone's making you play better and better as the match goes on, can you enjoy that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure, I enjoy to compete. That's the whole thing of tennis. If you don't like to compete, then it's not a good sport to be in.

jean_genie
Mar 25th, 2003, 04:57 AM
Venus :sad: . Still love you, true blue to the end. You'll win next time. GO VENUS!!!!

tennisIlove09
Mar 25th, 2003, 07:33 AM
regroup Vee. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open are waiting for you

Chance
Mar 25th, 2003, 08:17 AM
:sad: Judging from Mark's report Meghann fought hard and played some great tennis.... you have to give Meghann credit for taking it to Venus. Hopefully this will make Venus work harder (especially on that second serve) I only get really emotional over grandslams, I still believe in you Venus better luck in Warsaw :cool:

COME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE :bounce:

Venus Forever
Mar 28th, 2003, 01:18 AM
:sad: