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May 6th, 2003, 09:33 PM
One has to give it to Elena D. for winning @ AI. She looked super badd during that week. If I had to choose a world cup team for the clay courts - she'd have made the roster this clay court season. Kudos to her.

As for my girl Venus - I hope she defends @ Pilot Pen - but I'd appreciate anything she decides to do.


Williams may not return to Pilot Pen

May 06, 2003

Special to The Register Citizen

NEW HAVEN -- Another rising star has committed to play in this summerís Pilot Pen, but there are indications the biggest namemay not return to New Haven this summer.

Pilot Pen Tournament Director Anne Worcester announced Monday that Elena Dementieva, ranked No. 13 in the world, has joined No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova, No. 10 Anastasia Myskina and No. 27 Alexandra Stevenson in the field. The tournament will be held Aug. 15-23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.

Venus Williams, the winner of the last four Pilot Pens, has stated her desire to change her summer schedule, and that means possibly excluding the Pilot Pen.

Dementieva, 21, won for the first time on the WTA Tour last month at Amelia Island, Fla. Dementieva, a native of Moscow,rallied to beat No. 5 Lindsay Davenport in a three-set championship match. Shedefeated No. 4 Justine Henin-Hardenne, Hantuchova and No. 18 Amanda Coetzer en route to the final match with Davenport.

"She was unbelievable at Amelia Island, especially in the match against Davenport," Worcester said. "I have never seen her play like that. She hit a couple of forehand cross-court winners that reminded me of Steffi Graf. She beat five great players to win that tournament. It was no fluke."

This will be Dementievaís fourth consecutive Pilot Pen. She was the eighth seed last year but was upset in the first round by Angelika Roesch. In 2001, Dementieva lost to Jelena Dokic in the first round, and in her first appearance she beat Dokic in the first round before losing to Patty Schynder.

Worcester is working on announcing a big-name commitment in the near future. The most likely candidate seems to be Davenport, who has lost to Williams in the last two Pilot Pen final matches. Worcester also has had discussions with No. 6 Amelia Mauresmo, No. 7 Jennifer Capriati and No. 12 Monica Seles.

Mauresmo won at Warsaw, Poland, Sunday when Williams withdrew trailing 3-0 in the third set with a pulled abdominal muscle. Itís expected Mauresmo will commit to the Pilot Pen early.Capriati and Seles wonít let Worcester know of their intentions until after the July 7th commitment deadline, thus needing to request wild cards if they decided to play.

The news on the second-ranked Williams isnít as optimistic, although Worcester hasnít ruled out her returning.

Williams, who has won on 16 matches at the Connecticut Tennis Center, has committed to play the week prior to the Pilot Pen at the Canadian Open in Toronto. Williamsí sister, No. 1-ranked Serena, also is scheduled to play in Toronto.

Venus Williams has never played the Canadian Open and usually doesnít play the same tournament as her sister unless itís one of the four Grand Slam events.

The problem for Worcester and the Pilot Pen is that Venus lost to Serena in the U.S. Open last year and is looking to change her preparation for the seasonís last Grand Slam this summer.

"Venus is accustomed to winning the Grand Slams," Worcester said, "so she wants to change the way she gets ready for the U.S. Open."

Venus Williams went on to win the 2000 and 2001 U.S. Opens after winning the Pilot Pen.

One possible positive note for the Pilot Pen is Williamsí current injury, an abdominal pull which may cause her to need matches later in the summer to keep up her world ranking.

Williams pulled out of the German Open in Berlin this week and the Italian Open in Rome next week because of the injury.

Worcester has talked with Serena Williams about playing New Haven, but so far she has been non-committal. She has won the last four Grand Slam events.

May 6th, 2003, 09:40 PM
Hope Monica signs up.

May 6th, 2003, 09:42 PM
Lindsay's not playing :confused:

What? Does she REALLY want her ranking to slip at this point of the year? She's only the defending finalist :rolleyes:

May 6th, 2003, 09:45 PM
Im thinking alot of people just havent gotten around to committing, I would have a hard time believing that Jenn and Linsay wouldnt jump in there..... guess we'll see though.....

May 6th, 2003, 09:46 PM
Last year Venus said 2002 was her last time playing New Haven for awhile. I don't see where these people are confused...........lol

Seriously, I think that Venus was a little bored with the competition for the last couple years. Her match with Davenport was not up to the highest level. I think she needed to change and hopefully it does her good.

May 6th, 2003, 09:47 PM
hey Mickey! Don't worryk, Lindsay will sure sugn up She still hasn't, but don't worry I'm sure she will.

May 6th, 2003, 09:48 PM
Go Monica!

May 6th, 2003, 09:48 PM
hey Mickey! Don't worryk, Lindsay will sure sugn up She still hasn't, but don't worry I'm sure she will.
:D :wavey:

It's Mikey btw ;)

May 6th, 2003, 09:50 PM
I hope capriati plays and whops some ass :bounce:

May 7th, 2003, 01:14 PM
i'm sure linds and cappy will join this tourney....

May 7th, 2003, 03:34 PM
I thought it was funny how they're even trying to get Serena to play. Any W/S is good, I guess. :D

May 7th, 2003, 03:58 PM
Last year after Venus won Amelia, she said Serena was gonna play this year, and Serena said that Venus was gonna play Toronto when she (Serena) won.

May 7th, 2003, 04:04 PM
:D :wavey:
It's Mikey btw ;)

Sorry Mate didn't mean to confuse you with anyone else ;) And if you may see I was kind of in a hurry typing that sentece, I miss spelled like three words (including your name)


May 7th, 2003, 05:47 PM
yeah lindsay will play for sure,and she'll finally win this tourney! :p

May 7th, 2003, 07:01 PM
*Fingers crossed (for griff ;))that Amťlie plays here*