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Susie
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:27 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: GOOD LUCK VEE!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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Get back your dish Queen Vee!!! Wooooooohooooooooooooooooo! *3 Backflips* GO VEE GO VEE GO VEE *shaking pom poms* :kiss:

1st Round: Venus def. Stanislava Hrozenska 6-2 6-2
2nd Round: Venus def. Katarina Srebotnik 6-4 6-1
3rd Round: Venus def. Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-2
4th Round: Venus def. Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-3
QF: Venus def. Lindsay Davenport 6-2 2-6 6-1
SF: Venus def. Kim Clijsters 4-6 6-3 6-1
ALL WILLIAMS FINAL!!!

Venus Forever
Jun 20th, 2003, 01:43 AM
Susie :wavey:

GO VENUS!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Cariaoke
Jun 20th, 2003, 04:30 AM
:bounce: Go Queenie :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Jun 20th, 2003, 06:52 AM
Go Venus.

No expectations though.

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 20th, 2003, 04:13 PM
Hi, Susie. :wavey:

C'mon Venus! Do your best! I want to see this reaction again! :hearts:

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locks
Jun 20th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Bring the damn title home :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: and one match at a time.

Venus Forever
Jun 22nd, 2003, 04:43 PM
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moon
Jun 23rd, 2003, 01:15 AM
Hey Susie! :wavey:

Good luck tomorrow Vee!

tennisIlove09
Jun 23rd, 2003, 06:44 AM
Come on Vee...Slam #5 in two week

Infiniti2001
Jun 23rd, 2003, 06:50 PM
Venus Williams - Day 1
Monday, June 23, 2003


V. WILLIAMS/S. Hrozenska

6-2, 6-2

MODERATOR: Questions for Venus Williams. Who wants to start?

Q. That seemed quite straightforward for a first match.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it was a really good match out there. I was pretty happy with what was going on. It's always nice to have a good match in the first round.

Q. How is the injury coming along?

VENUS WILLIAMS: So far so good. I just have to not get crazy, especially in practice, not to overdo it, which is easy to do.

Q. This was your first match on grass this season, is that correct?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.

Q. Have you been practicing on grass in the United States or did you come over here early and practice?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, in the States just on hard court. It rained so much where I'm living in Florida, the few grass courts that are, are usually drenched. I get over here early on the grass.

Q. Did you find them any different from last year?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think so, no. I don't think I paid so much attention to that. I think I was just paying attention to the ball and how it bounces, but not really to the court. Plus each court is different, the match courts.

Q. Do you find it quite easy to adjust from clay to grass?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sure, very easy to adjust for me from hard to clay, clay to grass. It's always okay for me.

Q. Is that injury still affecting your serve? What is it specifically now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: What is it specifically?

Q. Yes.

VENUS WILLIAMS: It was an abdominal -- abdominal strain (laughter). Oh, boy, stomach strain, whatever you want to say.

Q. You were saying it was affecting your serve at the French.

VENUS WILLIAMS: It was a tough time at the French. Those times are over. I'm looking forward to a new tournament. It's quite nice to be here, a lot healthier.

Q. Does it affect your serve here at this new tournament?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think it affects my serve, no.

Q. When you're not able to practice the way you'd like to because of the injury, does that affect your confidence in any way?

VENUS WILLIAMS: For sure it affects your confidence. Definitely confidence comes from practice and knowing that you can do it in practice, that you can work on what you need to work on. That's always tough, to know that you can't get out there and do what you need to do to be prepared to even play.

Q. Your dad said he senses that you have your old presence or aura back. I was wondering, do you feel that, too? If so, is it just being back on grass, being healthy? What do you attribute to that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: My dad's always really positive, so he alway says nice things, especially if I'm not playing that well, so that way I can feel good.

What do I think? I just have had a lot more time to prepare, always love grass, I'm having fun.

But I enjoy playing tennis. I enjoy doing what I do. Each time I like to do better. So if there are times I'm not doing well, of course, I find out a way to do better each time.

Q. Do you feel you have kind of like your mojo back, for lack of a better word?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't know if I'd put it that way.

Q. How would you put it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I just feel I'm playing a little bit better. But this is just one match. The next match I'll have to continue to play even better than today. So I'm not exactly focused on what's happened so far.

Q. How would you characterize your reception today by the fans? Was it any different from other years you've played here?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It was real nice. They were very nice. I noticed, at least in the first game, they clapped on my nice shots and they clapped on her nice shots. That's always nice. Really classy crowd today.

Q. Is this your favorite Grand Slam tournament because of the fans, the tradition?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely one of my favorite Grand Slams because of all the good things that have happened to me here, and because also I love the grass. It's quite a lot of fun for me to play on it.

But normally my favorite Grand Slam is the one I'm playing in at that moment.

Q. Or the one you're winning?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Hopefully.

Q. What do you think about the fact that they've done away with the curtsy, the tradition part of it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I think that was one of the best parts of this tournament, was the tradition, and to be a part of it is always very nice. Hopefully they'll reconsider.

Q. What did you like about the curtsying? Is it the fact that it's been going on for so long?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It was just something that was automatic, and that was very nice.

Q. It was a striking outfit you had on court.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Thank you.

Q. Can you tell us about that? Who designed it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Okay. It all started last year in December and November with Reebok and Diane von Furstenberg. We sat down and had a meeting and then there was a partnership between both of us or all of us. And from there on we started having drawings going back and forth. And finally this corset dress came into being. It was kind of a mixture.

What I really wanted was it to be very fashion forward and for it to be just very eye-catching. I think the first designs were really, really nice, but it wasn't -- I was always pushing, pushing, pushing for something more out there. So then once this came to be, it was really nice.

It was a process, just like everything else.

Q. You helped design it yourself?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah. I can't take all the credit, but I'll take half the credit.

Q. Does somebody have to lace you into it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's a pull-on.

Q. It's false?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's easy to get into.

Q. So you don't have to lace that every time?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I don't buy things that you have to lace up.

Q. What was Diane von Furstenberg like?

VENUS WILLIAMS: She's really nice. She's a classy lady. The thing is I learned about her in fashion history at school. I've worn her dresses before I even met her, so that was quite nice.

Q. Did you pick her or they picked her?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Reebok had a new lady in marketing, and she of course brainstormed ideas to get the more creative designs, of course to get Reebok noticed a little bit more than what it already had been with outfits I was wearing.

Q. Was she receptive to it in the beginning? This is not normally what you would think.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Who?

Q. Diane.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I just didn't want to be the person who knew it all. Everywhere I go, of course, I'm new on the scene, and I don't like to tell someone else what to do, especially if they have more experience than me. If I had suggestions, I would gently put them forward.

But the best part was I didn't have to wear anything that I wasn't happy with. So ultimately I think a lot of the design was definitely up to me.

Q. This is not the type thing we know her for.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, in a way it is kind of a thing that you do know her for because with her dresses, they have so much shape, movement and form. That's kind of the same thing that's happening with this dress, too. It's moving so much. It has really a beautiful shape and it's really very classy. That's really what Diane's all about.

Q. The last time you won here, you were reading the latest Harry Potter novel.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Was I?

Q. Did you camp out and get the latest one?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, I didn't. I don't know if I'm going -- I might be a little old now. I'm 23, I've got to really focus on things that are really going to enrich my life a little more (laughter).

Q. You're going to give up the series in the middle?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Is it book number four now?

Q. Number five.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Did I miss the fourth one? I don't know what's happening.

Q. What are you reading?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Right now?

Q. Well, not right now.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Sounds crazy, but I'm reading a textbook. It's called Apparel Manufacturing. Strange cookie.

Q. For pleasure?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I have the Steven King book called the -- the movie that Cathy Bates was in.

Q. Misery?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Dolores Claiborne. But I haven't read any of it yet. It's by the bedside.

Q. Your mother was with you at the French, your father is here. Do you have a preference? Do they take turns?

VENUS WILLIAMS: My mom is here, too. I love having my dad with me also. I like having them both. They both have different methods of teaching.

Q. Who is more technical?

VENUS WILLIAMS: They're both pretty technical.

Q. Are you the type of person that will learn more when things aren't going as well as maybe they had in the past?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think, in my opinion, anyone learns more from mistakes and failures, when you fall. But when you're on the high and you're winning all the time, at least for me, a lot of times you don't really notice your mistakes because things are going well.

Q. Are you saying you've become more introspective because you've had a tougher year?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I would have loved to have had a better year, but it's not so bad. I would have liked to have played more tournaments. That's what I'm going to try doing the second half. I think it helps me be a little more competitive. I had to pull out of a couple because of various reasons, but I'm looking forward to playing a few more tournaments.

Q. What do you think you're going to get out of playing Fed Cup at the end of the month?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I thought you said, "When am I going to get out of it?"

Q. No.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I love working with Billie and Zina. At the last Fed Cup, I think it was - at least for me and maybe the whole team - the most fun yet, Fed Cup. We were at the dinner. Serena had a shoe on, the heel came off. Serena was sliding along. We really just had such a great time at Fed Cup.

I mean, of course, being on the court with Billie and Zina is really the best part. The weekend of matches is always good, too. People really enjoy it, every time that I've played at least.

Q. What does Billie do for your game?

VENUS WILLIAMS: She's just really positive. She just loves tennis, she really does, more than any other person I've met that's a professional person. She really has a passion for it. She really understands the game.

She'll say some things that my mom and dad probably have said a hundred times, but she'll say it in a different way, and I might get a few things every now and then. So that's nice.

Q. Does she talk about the history, the struggles she went through in her time?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, she's really willing to share. The best part is you can get as much information and help. Billie is willing to help you 24 hours a day, she's a giving person and she's really honest. You don't get that a lot these days. That's the best part. She'll call and check on you, wish you happy birthday. She just wants to know you're okay. That's the best part. She doesn't have any ulterior motives. She doesn't want anything in return.

Q. Security is a bit higher this year than it has been in the past. Do you have any particular concerns, stalkers, any other issues?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. She said I don't have to answer that.

MODERATOR: Tennis questions.

Q. What do you think about no curtsying?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I wish there was a bow and a curtsy. Did you get here late?

Q. As a two-time champion here, do you get impatient? Is there ever a point where you say, "Enough of this, I have to get started again, back to where I was"? Does it make you impatient to get the next one?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I just know that I have to do what it takes to win a Grand Slam, and that isn't always a given. Also I think a lot of times too much emphasis is put on the Grand Slams also. There's a lot of wonderful WTA events that I love playing also.

It's definitely where you put your priorities. I'd love to win here.

Q. But you've not gotten frustrated?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. I think a lot of people would love to be in the position I'm in, to even have a chance to win a Grand Slam. Seeing that I am in that position, I'm not going to get wistful for other things.

Q. Andre Agassi says every day he really believes he can actually play better than he's ever played before. Do you still feel that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely relate to that. I definitely do. He should give me some pointers (laughter).

I definitely understand what he means. I mean, at times I have to slow myself down and say, "Venus, every shot doesn't have to be the greatest and the best. Sometimes it's okay to hit a shot that's regular." I always believe that I can do more than what's normal. But I think that's what you have to believe. That's what I was taught to believe.

Venus Forever
Jun 23rd, 2003, 07:52 PM
GREAT WIN VENUS!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Good Luck against Katarina Srebotnik!! :D

locks
Jun 23rd, 2003, 09:53 PM
Venus Spins Fast and Furious
© Harry Collins

Monday, June 23, 2003


The serve is firing well, the new dress looks good and Venus Williams is back in business. The former champion was in ferocious form as she steamed into the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stanislava Hrozenska of Slovakia.

This was only the second time that Hrozenska had reached the main draw of a tour event this year -- she made a brief appearance in the first round of the Australian Open -- and she even appeared to be out of her depth in the warm-up. Looking a touch tense, she was soon on the back foot as Williams was determined to show who was boss from the very first ball. A barrage of aces from the American settled the first game and put Hrozenska, the world No. 194, firmly in her place.

It was just 22 days ago that Williams was sent packing in the fourth round of the French Open by the rising Russian teenager Vera Zvonareva. Struggling with a strained stomach muscle and looking disillusioned and glum, she was far from her best. But, with a little rest, recuperation and practice, the smile is back and she was obviously enjoying every moment of her time out on the No. 2 Court.

The service was as good as it needed to be -- the 10 double faults took the shine off the seven aces -- but all in all, Williams was back to her old self. As the games progressed, she unwrapped all the shots from her kitbag. The early forehand errors were replaced with clean winners, the returns soon made mince meat of anything Hrozenska could offer, and there was even the occasional foray to the net.

Every shot was aimed low and hard and just beyond the despairing Hrozenska's racquet while a wingspan that would put a jumbo jet to shame ensured there was simply no way to get the ball past the 2000 and 2001 Wimbledon Champion.

There was one brief moment of carelessness when, 5-1 to the good, Williams dropped her service. This was anything but good news for her opponent -- it is never wise to make a former champion angry. Sure enough, Williams gained swift revenge. She did not so much attack Hrozenska's service as bully it into submission, standing two feet inside the baseline to pounce on any hint of weakness. As a ploy, it worked a treat and, breaking straight back, she snuffed out any hint of a challenge from the Slovakian. After just 50 minutes of effort, Williams was into the second round.

Written by Alix Ramsey

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:24 PM
1 down, 6 to go! :bounce:

Thanks for the interview and article! :D

tennisIlove09
Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:31 PM
Go Venus!

I still refuse to get my hopes up

Infiniti2001
Jun 23rd, 2003, 11:28 PM
Why are you raining on our parade ??? :fiery: you're such a pessimist tennisIlove09 :mad:

Infiniti2001
Jun 23rd, 2003, 11:33 PM
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decemberlove
Jun 24th, 2003, 12:30 AM
most of these were already posted... but ive found them a bit bigger, so i figured yawl would appreciate :)

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Jun 24th, 2003, 12:32 AM
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tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2003, 01:31 AM
Why are you raining on our parade ??? :fiery: you're such a pessimist tennisIlove09 :mad:

Sorry...a year of hard losses has taken it's effect on me. I find it easier to cope with the losses if I don't put expectations on Venus.

Chance
Jun 24th, 2003, 06:29 AM
I know how you feel, tennisIlove09.......

thanks DecemberLove & Infiniti for the pics :)

tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2003, 09:56 AM
Venus brings a touch of class
By Richard Williams
June 24 2003
The Guardian

The last time she won the women's singles at Wimbledon, Venus Williams was reading Harry Potter. Yesterday, having eased through the opening round, she was happy to deny rumours that she had been seen at the weekend in a midnight queue for JK Rowling's latest.

"I might be a little old now," she said. "I'm 23. I've got to focus on things that will enrich my life a little more."

For the record, her reading list during the next fortnight will include Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne and a text book called Apparel Manufacturing. The latter is part of her continuing study of fashion and design, which has already led to the launch of her own interior design company and a line of leather accessories.

During yesterday's post-match press conference she was inevitably encouraged to spend more time discussing her latest wardrobe than analysing her dismissal of Stanislava Hrozenska, a qualifier ranked 194 among the world's women players. The match, which occupied 50 minutes, ended 6-2, 6-2. There was quite a lot to say about it, but not much to debate.

Worries have been expressed in recent months about the motivation of the champion of 2000 and 2001, particularly in the light of her sister Serena's run of success. Some feel that their close relationship might lead Venus to step away from the limelight, leaving it all to her more competitive little sister while she gets on with her outside interests.

Venus has also reached the age at which her father, who moulded his daughters into champions, said he wanted them to be out of tennis, and the apparent wavering of her motivation has encouraged some to speculate that her retirement from the circuit will not be long delayed. An abdominal injury has affected her performances in recent weeks, leading Serena to remark that she should not have played the French Open, where she lost to Vera Zvonareva in the round of 16.

As she tackled the enthusiastic 21-year-old Hrozenska, however, there were no signs of any reluctance, physical or mental, to mount a challenge for the title she surrendered to her sister a year ago.

She attacked from the start, sending three aces hissing past her Slovakian opponent at speeds of 100, 106 and 102mph before forcing an error to take the opening game. If that had not answered the questions about the effectiveness of her serve, then in her second service game she increased the muzzle velocity, banging in another hat-trick of aces which climaxed with one that caught the rim of Hrozenska's racket but barely deviated as it slammed into the stop-netting at 114mph.

Doubts about her serve started to be heard a year or so ago. Yesterday she served nine double faults in the course of the match, and it was possible to see that the perceived flaws have not been eradicated. Something is still making her rotate her hips too early, bringing her left shoulder round and opening her body up before the ball is struck, which is why a serve that was once timed at 127mph appears to have been throttled back.

The weapon that functioned outstandingly well yesterday, particularly in the first set, was her backhand, which was constantly fizzing past or across her rival. Williams wobbled only in the seventh game, when three fine forehands gave Hrozenska a glimmer of encouragement.

But there was to be no mercy in the second set, breaks in the fourth and eighth games going unanswered. Only one match-point was needed, after which a smiling Venus danced into the centre of the court and pirouetted for her admirers in her new and rather demure white ****.

This was certainly a different experience from the last time she left the court during a grand slam tournament, when her decision to bypass a French television interviewer at Roland Garros led to an outbreak of the booing also endured by her sister in the semi-final. If they were worried that European crowds had turned against them, then yesterday must have cheered them up considerably.

"It was real nice," Venus said, remarking on the crowd's even-handed treatment of her and her opponent. "I noticed that they clapped on my nice shots and they clapped on her nice shots. Really classy crowd today."

She faces a tough draw, with Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Lindsay Davenport and Kim Clijsters potentially barring her way to a fourth consecutive final, but yesterday, at least, she looked like someone who had found her way home.

tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2003, 09:56 AM
Regal Williams hurries after another coronation
June 24 2003
By Phil Shaw
Independent

"Serves that travel faster than gossip" promised the posters for a new advertising campaign aimed at highlighting the "strength and tenacity, grace and fluidity" of women's tennis. Venus Williams soon hit the 114mph mark yesterday, but for all that she was truly tested she could have been leaning over a garden fence swapping small talk with a neighbour.

Williams, the No 4 seed, took just 50 minutes to overpower Stanislava Hrozenska, of Slovakia, 6-2, 6-2. Her 21-year-old opponent had played at Wimbledon only once, when she did not advance beyond the qualifying rounds, so we must await a more searching examination of the former champion's potential to regain the crown as the week goes by.

Talking of crowns, Williams sported a silver tiara which sparkled in the sun (eat your heart out, David Beckham), adding to her regal aura. To Hrozenska, several inches shorter, it must have seemed at times as if the American was as tall as the giant crane towering over the north of the court from which television shot some of the exchanges. Lobbing her, which the Slovak gamely attempted more than once, merely provoked the most ferocious of smashes.

Williams began as if the match were an inconvenience to be negotiated as swiftly as possible. Each of her first three serves was an ace and all were timed at more than 100mph. So routine did her superiority seem that when she put her fourth serve into the net, the stands groaned on being reminded that she was mortal.

She actually dropped her serve at 5-1 in the first set, having twice broken Hrozenska to love, but immediately broke back to wrap up the set. A similar pattern emerged in the second set, Williams mixing brutal backhand winners, a 100 per cent completion rate on shots at the net and an awesome ability to move around the court with a tendency to double-faults; she served nine in all.

When it was over, she danced to the net and strode from the court beaming broadly, pausing only to sign a scrap of paper thrust into her hand by a member of the London Fire Brigade ("It's not for me," he claimed, in time-honoured fashion, "but for a little girl").

How she would like to inscribe her name on the winner's trophy again. After losing four successive Grand Slam finals to her sister, Serena, and failing to win a major tournament since the United States Open two years ago, Venus badly needs to triumph here. She talks about being happy to take snaps of her sibling collecting trophies, and about shopping being her real passion, yet at 23 she is too young to be settling for second best.

Venus later revealed that it was her first match on grass this season, the green courts on which she usually practises in Florida having been drenched by rain. "It is very easy for me to adjust from hard to clay and clay to grass," she said, oozing self-assurance. "It's always OK for me." She also felt no problems with the abdominal strain that affected her at Roland Garros. "Those times are over. I feel a lot healthier."

Much of her press conference was taken up by discussion of her new outfit, a Diane Von Furstenberg creation she calls "my corset dress", and with her choice of bedside reading matter. When she last won here, she admitted devouring the latest Harry Potter novel. This time, she felt she might be "a little old" for such wizardry. "Sounds crazy but right now I'm reading a textbook, Apparel Manufacturing." Ominously for her opponents, she has also brought along Steven King's grimly compelling Misery.

After the phoney wars of Edgbaston and Eastbourne, with their silly-season sub-plots about grunting and anorexia, Belgium's Kim Clijsters, for one, seemed impatient to get on with the real business. Following her beaten boyfriend, Lleyton Hewitt, on to Centre Court, the No 2 seed gave Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios, of Paraguay, a taste of sporting misery, prevailing 6-0, 6-0 in just 32 minutes.

Clijsters rejected suggestions that she had felt an extra sense of motivation after what happened to Hewitt. "No more, no less," said the 20-year-old. "Of course I'd have loved him to win, but if your opponent is better, all you can do is keep fighting to the finish. It's not nice for him to go through this now, but I'm sure he will get over it."

Despite the nagging knowledge that she has yet to win a Grand Slam, Clijsters applied the same philosophical approach to her own prospects. "I'll work and fight as hard as I can. If it happens, it happens. I won't be able to blame myself for not trying hard enough. But I love playing here, and you play well where you feel good. This Grand Slam event means more to me than any other."

Lindsay Davenport, the 1999 champion and No 5 seed, found the 19-year-old Australian, Samantha Stosur, an altogether feistier proposition. Stosur, in her first Wimbledon match, lost only 7-6, 7-5 and had the satisfaction of rattling the American when she broke to lead 5-4 in the second set. But as another of the new WTA slogans puts it, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scored on", and Davenport duly recovered to win the next three games.

Was it a good day or a bad one? "I was just a kind of day I got through," Davenport shrugged. It had been a "huge struggle" to claw her way back from a succession of injuries to No 5 in the world. "Hopefully," she added, "I've got one last Slam in me."

Fresh from winning at Eastbourne, Chanda Rubin made short work of Iva Majoli, of Croatia, advancing 6-3, 6-0. Rubin, the No 7 seed, has no great Wimbledon pedigree, her best performance in 10 appearances having been to reach the fourth round last year. For the vanquished Croat, the world No 4 after winning the French Open in 1997, her second-set capitulation was in stark contrast with the heroics of her compatriot Ivo Karlovic.

tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2003, 09:57 AM
Venus' new look
June 23 2003
By Karen Crouse, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The Palm Beach Post

WIMBLEDON, England -- It was impossible to watch Venus Williams' hitting session and not notice it.

We don't mean the white bandage taped to the left of her navel, which stuck out only because Williams wore a midriff-baring white top Saturday while practicing against her younger sister, Serena.

The abdomen injury that had reduced Venus to a shell of her competitive self at the French Open was otherwise not perceptible. She was lunging for deep, angled balls and hitting crisp returns. Her form during a volleying drill was so exquisite her father and coach, Richard, could only nod his head and finger a cheroot he had perched behind his ear like a pencil.

Something obviously was different about Venus but it was hard to put one's finger on it. Had she lost weight? Changed her hairstyle?

No. The change wasn't cosmetic. It goes deeper than that. She had a presence about her as ineffable as the queen's.

"You noticed it, too?" Williams said. He broke into a wide grin. "Good! Thank you!"

Richard went on to explain he had told Venus the same thing Saturday night. He penned her a note Sunday to reinforce his professional opinion that Venus has got her groove back.

Grass courts can do that to a person, especially a player of Venus' range and velocity. She won Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001 and was a finalist last year, losing to Serena 7-6 (4), 6-3. The sisters are on a long and winding course to meet again in the final this year.

Venus is seeded No. 4 and Serena No. 1. For both sisters, this is their Statement Slam. Venus is out to prove that she has not "sort of opted out," as 1977 Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade delicately put it after watching Williams' indifferent fourth-round defeat to Vera Zvonareva at Roland Garros.

Serena wants to put the unpleasantness of her French Open semifinal loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne firmly behind her. She is very clear about that.

"I've been very tough on myself since that defeat," she said. "I've been working really hard with my dad and I'm really determined. I want to win again."

The pro-Henin-Hardenne crowd at Roland Garros drove Serena to tears but it was her serve, combined with Henin-Hardenne's brilliant return of service, that led to Serena's loss.

"I couldn't get it right in Paris, so it's something I've been working really hard on," Serena said.

Too hard, perhaps. Richard said Serena has been suffering some discomfort in the chronic hot spots that are her left knee and right wrist. She appeared mildly bothered Saturday, taking occasional breaks between rallies with Venus to stretch out her knees or stare sullenly at her wrist.

If she's hurting, Serena won't tell. She won new fans at the French Open with her gracious exit. She waved to the crowd that had cheered her every mistake in the late going and said Henin-Hardenne deserved to win.

Her agent, Carlos Fleming, said many people have expressed to him that Serena was more likable in defeat than she had been during her yearlong tornado-like tear through the Slams.

Wimbledon is Serena's chance to grow that goodwill and expand her legacy, too. She's not here to make excuses, only restitution.

"I feel like I'm really, really ready for what's to come now," she said. "I just have to make sure I don't get overly anxious to get the job done because then I would lose the focus I need."

Venus' mind-set is harder to deduce. She is by nature as introverted as Serena is outgoing.

And yet, for someone not inclined to wear her emotions on her sleeves, Venus revealed an awful lot last week when she glided down a makeshift catwalk in Knightsbridge in her Wimbledon attire, a 1920s-inspired corseted white dress that Diane von Furstenberg designed with the tennis player's input.

The dress is a knockout. It screams "Look at me" in a way the soft-spoken Venus never could.

"If you don't look good, you don't feel good," Venus said.

And if you don't feel good, it's hard to play well on cue. Look at Tiger Woods; his surgically-repaired knee isn't 100 percent right and he looked out-of-sorts at the Masters and the U.S. Open.

Sports are no fun when you're hurting. The Williams sisters both left Paris in pain. They don't intend for that to happen again. In singular ways, they've made that perfectly clear.

karen_crouse@pbpost.com

tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2003, 09:59 AM
2nd RD vs. Katarina Srebotnik
Venus leads H2H 1-0
1999-07-26 Stanford Hardcourt R16 Venus Williams (USA) 6-1 7-6(3)

Susie
Jun 24th, 2003, 05:34 PM
:wavey: VeNuS FoReVeR, Danny, Moon, Hey guys how you all been? I missed you guys! :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Thanks everyone for the pics and articles :kiss:

Went Wimbly yesterday, i saw Serena and Richard then later some of Vee's match, had to queue for ages but so worth it!!! Venus looked stunning in her dress and played just great too so i'm happy happy! :) If my pics come out ok i'll show you guys :)

:bounce: GOOD LUCK FOR TOMORROW VEE!!!:bounce:

Bероника
Jun 24th, 2003, 10:07 PM
I love that girl.Her new dress fits her so well.How is she playing? Anybody got the chance to watch her on tv?

moon
Jun 24th, 2003, 10:21 PM
:wavey: hey susie :D That's soo cool!
I'm really gonna try to make my way over the pond next year. :)
Seeing Vee in person is awesome right?
Are you gonna go back?


GOOD LUCK TOMORROW vENUS!!

Venus Forever
Jun 25th, 2003, 01:19 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Jun 25th, 2003, 03:29 PM
Venus wins! 6-4 6-1

Today she was unbelievable, and she proved that she is the best grass court player in the world. Her serve was great, her returns were great, her forehand was great...

She lost last year because of injury. Serena has played 2 good grass matches in her career. One was when the BEST grass courter was injured.

Cariaoke
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:12 PM
Venus Williams - Day 3
Wednesday, June 25, 2003


Q. The backhand cross‑court shot you delivered at 3‑3 seemed to ignite your game. Can you talk about that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: That was just a wonderful shot. I was just trying to run for every ball and go for everything. I just tried to do what it took. That was real, real fun.

But she was really serving well and trying to put the pressure on, so it was real close in that first part of the set.

Q. Did that get you in a groove, get your mind set differently?

VENUS WILLIAMS: That definitely helped. I think that point was 15‑Love or 40‑Love. I don't know. But it helped me definitely break her serve for the first time in the match.

Q. How is your fitness, the stomach, all the various problems you've had? Are you okay now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I'm feeling good, you know. I'm going out for the doubles later. Really what I have to do is just soak myself in ice (laughter), warm up those stiff joints because I'm older than what I used to be at 23.

Q. How much of yourself do you put in ice?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, just depends if it's a good day or a bad day, just like any other player, icing just to make sure that nothing happens or flares up.

Q. After some disappointments coming into this tournament, how are you feeling right now about your game, with two wins behind you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm definitely feeling good about my game. I feel good about myself at all times. That's enough for me.

Q. You seem to show so little emotion out there on the court, until you actually win, then the smiles come out. Can you tell us what's going on inside?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm definitely competing for every point. I'm definitely trying to focus. I understood how she would come out and play me. I've played her before and I've seen her play other top players also. So I knew she'd come out and give it her all, go for broke, so I had to be ready for that.

Q. Is it fair to say that you're not the most emotional player on court?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, nothing really bothers me on court, mistakes or anything else. But I'm just really trying to think my way through the match.

Q. I know this place is special to you. What would getting back on top here mean to you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: That's definitely not my focus at this point. For sure the third round at this point, the doubles first round. I think I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to have to win a title.

I know that I have the ability to win anywhere that I play, so I'll just have to go out there and play better than the next person every single time.

Q. The American tennis innovator Gladys Heldman died the other day. What did you know about her and what are your thoughts about her?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Gladys Heldman, she was definitely part of the beginning of the women's tennis tour. I guess what I know most about her is what I read in books. I think I had a chance to meet her once. I didn't know that she passed away. I'm sorry.

Q. Recent history. The Chris‑Martina era, were you more of a Chrissy person or Martina person?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, that was kind of before my memory started (laughter). I remember them. I don't really remember them ever playing each other.

Q. Do you have any sort of feeling about being more like either one of them?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I definitely consider myself a Martina, just a go‑getter, more aggressive. But also I guess I'm like Chris, too, you know, I'm not really emotional out there on the court. But both are real champs.

What I remember is Chris' last match. That's what I remember of her career. Martina, I guess in the '90s is when I really start remembering stuff. I was eight, nine, six, in the '80s, so it was hard.

Q. Chris had that more of glam image, marriage to another tennis player. Martina did so much about making the game more physically fit. Have those two merged now? Are most players kind of a combination?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I have no idea. I'm just doing my best every day to play good, look good, whatever it takes (laughter).

Q. Is it important for you to do both?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, for sure. For me, it's important. I don't know about anyone else. I think for Serena it's very important.

Q. How come?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think we were taught to try to look good. You know, my mom. If you don't look your best, someone else will.

Q. Can you imagine 20 years from now a young player being in your seat, "When you were growing up, were you in the Venus camp or the Serena camp?" Is that something you can imagine?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think it will happen. It will happen. It's a long time from now. I guess you guys will still be here ‑ I won't (laughter).

Q. What would be the Venus camp and what would be the Serena camp? What traits?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Pretty similar, I think. I think there's a few places where it could be different. I guess whoever would pick who would just have a natural affinity towards myself or Serena just because whatever.

Q. How do you feel about being overtaken by the Belgian girls in the world rankings?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, it's never fun to be No. 4, especially if you've been No. 1 before. I just wasn't able to keep up with the amount of tournaments they played, I guess, to sum it up.

Q. Does it give you extra sort of determination now to get back?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'll do my best to get back in the rankings. I'm not going to significantly ‑‑ I'm not going to play 25 tournaments. I just wouldn't be able to. I think I'd die on the court.

But I do plan on playing consistently year after year, which is extremely important also.

Q. How do you feel about the treatment that Serena got in Paris? I know it's sort of away from today's game.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I didn't see the match, but I heard a whole lot about it, and not just from I guess ‑‑ I guess, mostly from fans also. Everyone who comes up to me tells me how they thought it was terrible. They've been really supportive about just Serena and myself in general also. So that's been nice.

But, you know, I guess I'll have to talk to Serena about it, how to handle those situations. I didn't see the match. I'm sure she handled it well as far as her tennis, but there are probably some things you can do to calm the crowd down.

Q. How has the fitness of the players changed since you've been on tour?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think for sure the fitness changed a lot. I think a lot of it had to do with Serena and I because, you know, I was like 16, I came out hitting these 116 serves, running and jumping like no tomorrow, then everyone else started to realise, too, they had to up the serve and the pace.

Then Serena burst on the scene and did just unbelievable things. This is always a good thing. I'm glad that I was able to be a leader in fitness and in tennis for women. I'm glad that other people have been able to take it to another level, and so will I have to keep taking it to another level to compete.

Q. Why do you feel that you were booed when you left the court at Roland Garros? Some say it was because you turned down an interview with a popular French TV figure.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Probably why, yeah. I don't see how so many people ‑‑ I guess he was there. I wasn't really thinking about an interview at all.

Q. Serena said she felt you shouldn't have played at the French Open. She said it in a very supportive way.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yes.

Q. She wasn't expecting you to play doubles here because she felt you might not have been up to it or ready for it. Is that a fair assessment of your situation?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I still wouldn't change anything that I did. I wanted to play the French Open. I just had to. And as far as doubles here, it's another kind of thing I had to do. I love the doubles, especially at Wimbledon. And I miss the doubles. And I had to play.

You know, for some reason if I can't continue or if it puts me in jeopardy for my singles, I'll have to make that decision at that point. But I just had to play.

Usually I start out serving, so Serena will start out serving, so I'll have to hit less serves.

Q. It will be a change?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It will be a change, but I know she's up to it (smiling).

Q. You mentioned your mother's influence. Was it nice having both your parents in the box today supporting you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, it's definitely nice. I don't look up to the box a lot, but it's nice, especially if I'm down in a match, I can hear them saying, "Come on, Venus. Do better, Venus." Just to have that support, because at times you know how bad you're playing and you feel a little bit down because you know you can do better.

But if you have someone, family, coach, what have you in the box telling you it's okay, it helps a lot.

Q. It's been a while since they've both been there at the same time.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't think since like maybe in Miami. But I didn't stick around long there.

Q. You mentioned when you burst onto the scene, you were hitting the ball hard, running around. Today for six games your opponent could stay with you, then you kind of went away. Do you sense the other girls are kind of still have some ground to make up?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm not even sure. I'm just not super concerned about how the next player's training and hitting and what have you. But I think everyone, for sure, has gotten better as far as the physique and the service pace and athleticism, for sure.

Q. You're a fashion person. If you got an assignment from Women's Wear Daily to compare your lovely white dress you're wearing with Serena's provocative cat suit at the US Open, what would be your key points in your story?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Can I get back to you on that?

Q. I'll ask again. Think about it. You're on deadline.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm thinking about it, okay.

Q. When you did first come on tour, you were hitting these serves, you weren't showing as much muscle. Serena has always been more muscular. Jennifer bulked up. People commented on that. Have you seen that kind of become more the norm? Do you think that's a good thing?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think everyone's definitely trying to get more stronger. I don't think necessarily bulkier. I don't think I could bulk up if I wanted to. I don't think I could. I could stay in the gym for the rest of my life, I'd never get bigger.

So for me, my strength is just something natural, something I was born with, something from mom and dad really.

Q. People are used to seeing a lot of the women players now stronger?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, as of recently I've seen a lot of players. Really just the tone and definition has gotten a lot more distinct.

Q. Why do you think British women are performing so badly at the moment?

VENUS WILLIAMS: You know, I've been listening to all the commentary on that. I have no idea. I've just wondered if there's enough playing opportunities because of the weather here and because of the winter, if there's enough indoor courts, what have you.

I heard I think John Felgate, he was doing an interview, saying how a lot of the kids are in school, which is extremely important, but then they don't give enough time also to the tennis. As they get older, they have more time, but then it's maybe late.

I'm not sure of the habits of the youngsters growing up here, so it's hard to comment on it.

Q. Are you surprised at the results?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Am I surprised?

Q. Yes.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I guess, you know, during the first few days, that's all there is on TV, the British tennis, so I've been able to watch the results. I like to watch any match, as long as it's a good match.

Q. In the tournament, who is the one person to beat or is it open?

VENUS WILLIAMS: One person to beat? I don't know if it's open. I think everyone's pretty much performed to a good level, at least on the part of the draw I'm in. I guess the person to beat is whoever I'm playing in the third round.

Q. Is anyone frightening you so far?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not at all. No, nothing to fear on the tennis court.

tennisIlove09
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:21 PM
Graceful Venus coasts into third round

(Adds quotes)
By Paul Majendie

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Twice Wimbledon champion Venus Williams shook off her injury worries on Wednesday, sweeping through to the third round at Wimbledon with a decisive 6-4 6-1 win over Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik.

The fourth seed, who had been plagued by an abdominal injury at the French Open, showed all the power and grace that has made her a firm favourite on Wimbledon's famed Centre Court.

"I just did everything I could," the American said. "I am definitely feeling good about my game. That's enough for me.

"I am definitely competing for every point ... I am focused."

Focused as she may be, as the tournament progresses, the tall and elegant 23-year-old will have to improve her serving, which was at times very wayward in the swirling conditions.

Williams, elegantly attired in a tiara-like headband and a close-fitting dress laced up at the back, moved with agility across the court to dominate proceedings.

But she still lacks match sharpness on the grass surface she so loves and her current form has sparked speculation that she has lost her motivation for the gruelling grind of the tennis circuit.

Venus, winner of four grand slams but overshadowed in the last year by her younger sister Serena, is a notoriously slow starter and Wednesday proved to be no exception.

The Slovenian, who had never advanced beyond the first round before at Wimbledon, level-pegged to 3-3 before Williams effortlessly stepped up a gear to break in the seventh game.

Williams's exquisite cross-court passing shots brought gasps of admiration from the Centre Court crowd, but her first serve kept letting her down on the blustery court.

But the Slovenian, ranked 42 in the world, crumbled in the second set when Williams went into overdrive. In the end, it took just over an hour for her to ease through to a smooth victory.

"I know I have the ability to win any place I play," she said. "I just have to go out and play better than the other player on every day. I am just doing everything I can to do good, to look good every day ... anything it takes."

tennisIlove09
Jun 25th, 2003, 08:22 PM
Venus still on Slam track
Associated Press


WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams overcame a slow start and erratic serving to beat Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday at Wimbledon.


The two-time champion advanced to the third round, where she'll face French Open semifinalist Nadia Petrova. The Russian, seeded 29th, beat Angelique Widjaja 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Looming in the fourth round is a possible rematch with 18-year-old Vera Zvonareva, who beat Conchita Martinez-Granados 6-3, 6-1. Zvonareva, seeded 16th, upset Williams in the fourth round at the French Open.

"I'm definitely feeling good about my game,'' Williams said. "I feel good about myself at all times.''

Playing before a Centre Court crowd that included her sister, defending champion Serena Williams, Venus fell behind 3-2 and then started to find her range.

The No. 4-seeded Williams closed out the first set with an ace and slammed a forehand winner on match point. She missed more than half of her first serves, often badly, but never faced a break point.

Williams, who has reached the final the past three years, is seeking her fifth Grand Slam championship but her first since the 2001 U.S. Open.

"I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to win the title,'' Williams said.

The weather turned cloudy, cool and windy before rain stopped play for 30 minutes, the first delay of the tournament.

Winners on the women's side also included No. 5 Lindsay Davenport and No. 7 Chanda Rubin. Davenport, the 1999 champion, beat Rita Grande 6-3, 6-1. Rubin defeated fellow American Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-4.

Venus Forever
Jun 26th, 2003, 12:24 AM
God, she played BEAUTIFUL today!!

GREAT JOB VENUS!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

DESTROY Nadia!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 26th, 2003, 08:12 AM
Richard Williams says girls will be out of tennis in a few years

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer
June 26, 2003
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Richard Williams figures his two famous daughters will be out of tennis in a few years.

``If I had the chance to, I would get them out of tennis right away,'' he said Wednesday. ``I tried to get Venus to stop playing tennis when she was 9 years old.''

Serena, 21, is the defending Wimbledon champion and has won five Grand Slams events. Venus, 23, has four Grand Slams titles.

``The children in my house must understand finance and investment, and they had to learn there's a life beyond the baseline,'' he said. ``The kids who only do tennis and don't know that, I think it's very sad.''

``It's time for someone else to come along and carry the torch, and it's time for them to move on and set more goals in business. I would think that at 25 or 26, no later than 27, it'll be time for them to move on.''

EDGE OF TEARS

The question brought her to the edge of tears.

Was Wednesday's loss at Wimbledon the biggest disappointment of Daniela Hantuchova's tennis career?

It must have been.

The ninth-seeded Slovak squandered a fast start, blew a 5-2 lead in the final set, failed to convert three match points and lost to Japanese Shinobu Asagoe, 0-6, 6-4, 12-10.

``This tournament means a lot to me, and I really wanted to do well,'' said Hantuchova, who was also near tears as the final set was slipping away. ``I just didn't take my chances.''

Hantuchova was touted as a rising star while reaching the quarterfinals of three consecutive Grand Slam events, including Wimbledon last year. But her past two major tournaments have ended with marathon second-round defeats.

``It's very disappointing to have two in a row like this,'' she said.

Hantuchova's slender physique has raised questions about her diet and fitness.

The WTA Tour media guide lists her at just over 5-foot-11 and 123 pounds. She looks much thinner than in a media guide photo, but she has said repeatedly that her health is fine.

And she said stamina wasn't a factor in her latest defeat.

``Physically I felt I could have gone for another two hours,'' she said. ``It's just the mental side I have to work hard on at the moment.''

Asagoe, ranked 81st, matched her best Grand Slam showing with the victory. She has reached the third round at only one other major event -- the 2000 U.S. Open.

UNSPANISH

Better check Rafael Nadal's passport.

The 17-year-old claims to be Spanish, but he seems to enjoy playing on grass.

``I like the grass a lot,'' said Nadal, who defeated Briton Lee Childs 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a third-round match with Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan.

``It's different and the fact we only play on it four weeks a year makes it better. I like all the surfaces, I'm just better on clay.''

Nadal is the youngest man playing at Wimbledon this season. Widely regarded as a future Grand Slam champion, he missed the French Open with an elbow injury.

This is not just any Spanish clay-court player. Although top Spanish players Alex Corretja, Albert Costa and Carlos Moya withdrew from Wimbledon because they dislike the slippery surface, Nadal relishes the challenge.

``I think the attitude about playing on clay is changing among younger Spanish players. Younger players have started to play on grass and want to play on grass. It helps their overall game.''

About the only thing at Wimbledon he hasn't mastered is English, doing all his interviews in Spanish. He has athletic genes, a difficult-to-handle left-handed game and a famous uncle.

Miguel Angel Nadal, a defender known as the ``Beast of Barcelona,'' was the heart of the Barcelona team of the early 1990s that won the European Champions Cup.

Interestingly, he's a fan of Barca's archrival Real Madrid.

SEX SYMBOL

A female reporter in the back of the press room surprised Andy Roddick with a question on Wednesday.

``You are seen as the new sex symbol of the tennis circuit,'' she said. ``Do you enjoy this status?''

Roddick stayed silent for several seconds, then offered a slow reply: ``Do you want to go to dinner later?''

The woman seemed to want a more concrete answer.

``Sorry,'' said Roddick, ``I didn't hear the question. I was just looking at you.''

She repeated the question. ``You're being seen as a sex symbol.''

``To be honest, it's humorous to me,'' he replied. ``I don't see myself as that. I don't try to do it. You know, maybe some people go for it a little bit. It's not really my thing. I don't really care. I'd rather win tennis matches.''

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 26th, 2003, 08:14 AM
Thursday, June 26
More aggressive style may be in order
By Cynthia Faulkner
ESPN.com

For Venus Williams, it comes down to commitment and confidence.

Commitment, in this sense, is not about off-court distractions. It's about being aggressive on the court -- and the belief that taking a risk will work.

Serena, left, has gotten the better of her sister Venus recently.

"She's got to go to net more with that wingspan," Billie Jean King said at the Fed Cup in April. "She's a 21st-century Althea Gibson. It's exactly what Althea used to do is blanket the net. That's what Venus should be doing. She's incredible. She's got a really good volley. ... She's got to do it to be the best she can be."

While the rest of the women's tennis tour has worked to step up their games to reach the standard that sister Serena has set, Venus is no longer playing at her best. At the French Open, Venus fell in the quarterfinals with 12 double faults and 75 unforced errors. It was a flashback to how she played in 1999, when she lost in two quarterfinals, a fourth round and one semifinal (at the U.S. Open) in the majors.

Since then, she's won four Grand Slam titles and has been in the finals of three others in 12 tries. But there's hope. Venus' best chance to once again compete with her sister is at Wimbledon, which begins Monday. Her game is especially suited to the serve-volley game of grass. When she's at the net, she can stretch out her arm and literally have half the court covered. It's a huge advantage.

If she remembers to use it.

"I think I should have played smarter," Venus said after losing in Paris. "Looking back, I maybe could have come into the net more, like if I had a lot of floaters, things like that.

"I don't think I was thinking about coming in," she said. "That's bad. I don't really even think I was."

That's not what Fed Cup captain King wants to hear. King and Fed Cup coach Zina Garrison worked hard with Venus -- and Serena -- on making the commitment to come to net in Lowell, Mass., in April.

"I am on Venus, and Zina is on Venus so bad," King said. "With that wingspan, we're going: 'Hello? Are you going to serve-volley because if you don't serve-volley you're kidding yourself. That would make you the best if you go up (to net). Like the best you can be.'"

Venus is struggling to find her best these days. She's dropped to fourth in the world rankings. She hasn't won a title since February. She hasn't won a Grand Slam final since 2001, despite being runner-up in four of the past five.

"I feel like I'm going forward," Venus said. "I always feel like I'm going forward. I feel like there isn't always a time where things can be a hundred percent. And for a couple of years, I had a hundred percent a lot of the times. But when you lose and when you have tougher times, it makes you stronger and moving forward.

"And I still feel that I'm doing those things."

King says Venus is comfortable coming to the net, but doesn't out of habit.

"It's really a mind-set," King said. "It's also being able to take a risk and making the commitment early."

But does Venus have the mind-set she needs to win? Venus' demeanor on court has never been as flamboyant as her sister, but lately she seems to be going through the motions. It's apparant on the court and even in the difference in how each reacted to losing at the French Open. Venus answered questions calmly and flatly answered while Serena, who, granted, had more at stake, broke into tears. That fire is missing in Venus.

SLAM DUNKED
How Serena and Venus Williams have fared in the last 13 Grand Slam events:
Event Serena Venus
Aussie '00 4R DNP
French '00 DNP QF
Wimbledon '00 SF Win
U.S. Open '00 QF Win
Aussie '01 QF SF
French '01 QF 1R
Wimbledon '01 QF Win
U.S. Open '01 F Win
Aussie '02 DNP QF
French '02 Win F
Wimbledon '02 Win F
U.S. Open '02 Win F
Aussie '03 Win F
French '03 SF 4R
Legend: F = Lost in Finals; SF = Semifinals; QF = Quarterfinals; 4R = Fourth Round; 1R = First Round

"This could be true," Venus said. "It's hard to always know what you look like (on court) unless you watch the films. And sometimes others can see and you don't see. So I have to have input from, you know, my coaches, definitely watch my film and see what I'm doing and what I'm like."

Venus' game used to be all about aggression. Often, she went for a second-serve with first-serve strength. During her stretch of four Grand Slam title sin six events, she was 5aking the risk.

Now she struggles from her serve toss to shot placement. She is winless in her last five Grand Slam finals.

She needs to find the game she once had as well as find a new weapon to use, especially against Baby Sis. King thinks she can do it by heading for the net.

"It's about getting this generation of players to make that commitment in their mind before the ball bounces they have to go," King said. "And you live and die with whatever. Great serve-volleyers know that sometimes you're going to make a lousy approach shot, but you've made the commitment -- and you gotta live with it.

"But it's only one point."

Questions about whether she should change coaches are frequently thrown at Venus in news conferences and she often reacts as if they are an insult to her father, Richard. However, might she benefit from hearing perhaps the same thing in a different way.

"It's very, very helpful to hear it, hear someone say the same thing but in a different way," Venus said referring to her week at Fed Cup with King and Garrison. "Because I've been working with my coaches for years and years, and sometimes it can just go in one ear and out the other ear, you don't really hear what they're saying."

Venus enjoyed the entire Fed Cup experience so much she has committed to playing at Washington, D.C., in July. And Venus seemed, for the first time in a while, to have fun playing whether it was because of the team atmosphere or playing with her sister instead of competing against her.

And despite Serena's success -- three straight Grand Slam titles to end last year -- while she's struggled, Venus says she's fine with the relationship.

"I feel really good that she's doing well, to be honest," Venus said. "It's really encouraging for me. I would like her to do well, and hopefully be the victor at (the French Open).

"That would be nice."

"Venus and Serena are first and foremost sisters, and very loving sisters," King said. "Also Venus, being the older one, has always taken care of Serena. I think the most important thing that Venus needs to remember is that she needs to take care of her tennis and herself, too. Not to say don't always take care of your baby sister, but I think it's important for Venus to always have tennis in her life, as well, and sometimes I think it's harder for the older one to remember."

Despite the constant comparisons, when it comes down to it, Venus is different from her sister. Serena has admitted she'd like to make her mark in tennis history; Venus seems to think it's less important.

"I don't exactly think of my legacy too much," she said. "I'm a Jehovah's Witness and I'm a Christian. I don't really think that this life is the only thing that happens. So I want to be a good person, live up to God's standards, do my best in my career, whatever I do. How people remember me is not as important to me."

Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis editor at ESPN.com.

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 26th, 2003, 08:16 AM
Thursday, June 26
Venus still on Slam track
Associated Press


WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams overcame a slow start and erratic serving to beat Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday at Wimbledon.

The two-time champion advanced to the third round, where she'll face French Open semifinalist Nadia Petrova. The Russian, seeded 29th, beat Angelique Widjaja 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Looming in the fourth round is a possible rematch with 18-year-old Vera Zvonareva, who beat Conchita Martinez-Granados 6-3, 6-1. Zvonareva, seeded 16th, upset Williams in the fourth round at the French Open.

"I'm definitely feeling good about my game,'' Williams said. "I feel good about myself at all times.''

Playing before a Centre Court crowd that included her sister, defending champion Serena Williams, Venus fell behind 3-2 and then started to find her range.

The No. 4-seeded Williams closed out the first set with an ace and slammed a forehand winner on match point. She missed more than half of her first serves, often badly, but never faced a break point.

Williams, who has reached the final the past three years, is seeking her fifth Grand Slam championship but her first since the 2001 U.S. Open.

"I'm not going to put any pressure on myself to win the title,'' Williams said.

The weather turned cloudy, cool and windy before rain stopped play for 30 minutes, the first delay of the tournament.

Also advancing were No. 2 Kim Clijsters, No. 5 Lindsay Davenport and No. 7 Chanda Rubin. Clijsters eliminated Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-3. Davenport, the 1999 champion, beat Rita Grande 6-3, 6-1. Rubin defeated fellow American Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-4.

No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova squandered a fast start and lost to Shinobu Asagoe 0-6, 6-4, 12-10.

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 26th, 2003, 08:16 AM
Venus Soars Past Srebotnik

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Another day, another simple win - if only all grand slam events were this easy. Venus Williams eased into the third round with the minimum of fuss, beating Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-1. It took a whisker over an hour, just enough time for the former champion to reacquaint herself with the Centre Court and polish the finer points of her game.

At this stage in the tournament Williams is still very much a work in progress. Any of the players on the tour will recount tales of both Venus and her sister, Serena, and how they can look a little shaky in the early rounds, but get them into the second week and they are a different prospect entirely. So far, then, so good.

She managed to tidy up the service action - the double faults numbered just three - and was leaning into her groundstrokes. On both sides they were fast, low and ferocious. In fact, if Williams has a weakness it is that she is too strong for light work. There were times when she leathered the ball into the middle distance when a simple put-away would have sufficed. It cost her a few points but not so many as to cause her problems. Poor Srebotnik could not muster anything like a consistent challenge - not that she was not game to try.

Trying to mix it up a little, she came forward only to face a barrage of bombs from Williams. From the service line, the No. 4 seed tried to drill the ball past Srebotnik, over her and finally through her, but still Slovenia's finest held firm. Grown men may have fainted or simply run away but Srebotnik doesn't scare that easily. It did not do her any good, mind you, but at least she had showed bravery above and beyond the call of duty.

After a few games to warm up, Williams decided to move up a gear. Once the first set had been wrapped up, she had no intention of hanging around and, accelerating towards the finish line, she left Srebotnik to eat her dust.

Susie
Jun 27th, 2003, 12:46 AM
:wavey: hey susie :D That's soo cool!
I'm really gonna try to make my way over the pond next year. :)
Seeing Vee in person is awesome right?
Are you gonna go back?


GOOD LUCK TOMORROW vENUS!!

:wavey: Moon :) You should come over next year! You'll love the queuing hehe! You'll have so much fun! :D
Yep yep seeing them in person is fab! I saw them playing doubles last year which was the bestest! Didn't think it could get better but it did :)
I went back yesterday and saw Serena and Richard, he loved the attention hehe, he was waving to everyone :D Serena just wanted to get away fast cos everyone was after her poor girl! :)


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decemberlove
Jun 27th, 2003, 12:49 AM
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Venus Forever
Jun 27th, 2003, 12:50 AM
Good Lucka against Nadia, Venus!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

CanIGetAWhat
Jun 27th, 2003, 01:08 AM
Shit, that picture of the Goddess is huge! :eek: Thanks!

locks
Jun 27th, 2003, 04:27 PM
Fabulous :bounce: Show em who's da woman :kiss:

Venus Forever
Jun 27th, 2003, 04:57 PM
GREAT WIN, VENUS!!

REVENGE ON VERA IS IN ORDER!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Jun 27th, 2003, 07:53 PM
Wow! I haven't seen Venus play this aggressive off her return in a LONG time. GO VEE!!

Venus Forever
Jun 27th, 2003, 09:56 PM
Venus Williams - Day 5
Friday, June 27, 2003


Q. You looked very assured, very comfortable out there. How do you feel it went today?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I feel it went really well. I really felt that I could have put maybe some more pace on the ball. But I definitely was trying to stick to my game plan.

I knew I was also up against a really good player. I know she's been out injured for the last year, so that makes her even more eager to do well at a tournament like this.

Q. She also did quite well at the French. Were you surprised she didn't perhaps offer more problems for you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't think it was any of her fault at all, I don't think. I think I just had a really good day out there. I just had all the right shots. I guess there will be other times when she'll definitely do better against me.

Q. When is the last time you felt like you just had all the right shots, and from the very beginning you were just making it impossible for your opponent to do anything?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I guess Wednesday (smiling).

Q. You must be delighted that you've come back after a little bit of a break after the French, seem to be right into top form?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, I'm a professional tennis player. There are no excuses for me. I have to perform. If I have a bad day, it's a bad day, but I come back stronger.

Q. You said your form today was just as good as it was Wednesday, but a different kind of opponent today: more dangerous, reached the semis at Roland Garros.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely a different kind of opponent, but I felt they have the same game: very flat hitters, both of them had nothing to lose against me and both were going to come out against me and go for broke.

I do realize that when I play against certain kinds of players, whereas other players may think they have a chance, so they might not go for as much.

Q. Was your rhythm as good as it was before the injury now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think better. I really definitely focused on my game, worked really hard. I guess I'm just doing a lot better, to sum it up.

Q. Do you find your other interests, with your interior design business, that it helps you when you've had a shock result, had to take time out with injury?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. Definitely I work a lot harder when I haven't had the results that I wanted. I don't know if it has anything to do with my interests. I think it has something to do with I really want to play, and I want to play well, and I want to be my best. And also that, I really realise I'm extremely fortunate and extremely blessed. I'm 23 years old, travelling the world. It just doesn't happen. It just happens to a handful of players.

Q. Do you feel much more comfortable on grass than you do on clay?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really. The grass definitely has a shorter point and less of a chance for my opponent. I think with the clay courts, if someone has less skill, then they have more of a chance to do better on that surface.

But for me, I feel I have a very good chance on any surface.

Q. Sorry to ask you, but could you possibly enlighten us at all on newspaper reports about a possible stalker?

VENUS WILLIAMS: First thing, I just do not read the newspapers. I don't even look at the headlines or the pictures. I haven't seen anything this week. Keeps my mind clear from any nonsense and gossip and hearsay, what have you. So I don't really know anything about that.

My agent called me last night about something, but I was quite tired by then, it was 10 or 11 after that doubles match. I don't think I heard it all.

Q. You're not aware of a stalker at all?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not really.

Q. What are you going to do on your day off?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely rest. I really have been working hard the last two weeks, just before the tournament and at this tournament. I really have to make sure I stay healthy.

Q. No sight‑seeing?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I wish. I'd love to hit a few museums, but that's not what I'm here for.

Q. Do you keep in touch with the design business on a daily basis or do you talk to Bonnie?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I haven't called this week. I've been meaning to. I'm at the point now where I really don't have to call every day. If I go in the office, there isn't really a lot for me to do any more. I just whittle my fingers when I'm there. Now I'm at the point where I just kind of do a review and a monitoring, looking at the design projects; and when I'm at home, contributing to design projects as far as the design.

But now it's kind of I don't have to really do very much because it's being done. So that's nice. But I want to call today (smiling).

Q. How is this fourth round match‑up different to the French, other than the surface?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think it's a lot different. Definitely the circumstances are a lot different. It's nice for her to have the win at the French Open. Obviously, it wasn't nice for me. Even if I had won that match, I don't see where I would have been able to do very much at the French, to be honest. I tried to do what I could do, but I just wasn't ready.

Q. How much better prepared are you now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely better prepared. But, you know, every match is different, and I'm still going to have to play my best tennis no matter who it is or what surface.

Q. What's the explanation and the message behind the fact that the top prize money leaders amongst women have earned more this year than the top prize money amongst men, which is Juan Carlos Ferrero?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't even know because I didn't know that fact at all. I don't look at all of that. I guess I look at the results more or less, my results. I don't look at the ranking points at all or the prize money or anything.

Q. Is there room in tennis for a week‑in and week‑out atmosphere like Fed Cup, where instead of these very respectful, rather quiet crowds, you have a more rowdy crowd that's more like what you see in other sports? Do you think that would help you guys as entertainers? What are your thoughts on that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I really don't think so because people who like tennis will like tennis whether it's rowdy or not. Also I think there's a certain feeling when it's quiet ‑ especially on an important point, you hear the ball going back and forth. That's really enjoyable to hear.

But I think people like tennis because they like tennis.

Q. Clearly the crowds are getting a little more rowdy, you're starting to see some people applaud double‑faults and such. Can you talk about when you see that happening, how you feel?>

VENUS WILLIAMS: I don't give it much thought on the court, especially if I won the match. I move right on. But obviously in tennis it's considered rude to applaud double‑faults.

Q. Is there certain edge when you play a player who has beaten you last time...

VENUS WILLIAMS: Is there a certain?

Q. Is there an edge, a more sense of occasion perhaps than normal?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Could be, could be. But I wasn't even really upset with myself at the French Open, to be honest. I didn't even consider what she had done. I made like 70 unforced errors. I don't think I'll do that on the next round. That was definitely the death of me. I wasn't really upset. I definitely gave it my all, did what I could do, had a fairly decent showing, I guess.

Q. She said this morning that she's going to go into this match with a decent amount of confidence. She understands it's a different surface, but she feels like she can play with you nonetheless. Talk about her game, her strengths and weaknesses, all of that.

VENUS WILLIAMS: I think she has a solid, all‑around game, just does everything pretty well.

Q. Is she just kind of a basic, average player to you, or do you think she's really someone to look out for?>

VENUS WILLIAMS: Look out for as far as?

Q. She's ranked No. 16 now. Maybe someone who can come into the Top 10, make a real impact.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Oh, definitely, it could happen. I haven't seen her play enough to like really understand what she could be. Definitely not analysing that every day.

But it's really all up to any player to maximize on their full potential. Anyone could be in the Top 10 or No. 1 or win Grand Slams, you just have to do it.

Q. So you weren't necessarily overwhelmed by her shot‑making in Paris. You feel it was pretty much you making errors?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely. It was very hard for me at the French Open. I really wasn't prepared. It was just a real fight against myself. I think she definitely, maybe towards the end, ran down a few balls, and I made even more errors. But it was good for me also, the way she stuck in there, even when she was down. She definitely displayed some good qualities out there at the French.

Q. How much do you notice the real rush of young Russian players coming in in the locker room, draw sheet? How much does that get into your consciousness?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Not really in the consciousness, but I do realize there are a lot of players here I don't even know just coming through. So I have to get familiar with them all. After a while, even learn how to pronounce some of their names, especially the ones with the consonants together, like the girl in the first round. I couldn't pronounce her name.

But they're very good. They're very good players. They're very eager. That's nice to see. It reminds me when I first came on tour, I was ready to, you know, the world was ahead of me.

Q. There's a feeling, some of them have said it's a good way, not to get out, but things aren't so easy where they're from. It's a good way to sort of make something of yourself. Is that something you can relate to? Does that make sense to you?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely makes sense to me. I don't think I can relate to where they come from, for sure. I don't think I could come to understand unless maybe they explained it to me. But just for anyone, any young person coming up in the world, unless your parents finance you and hold your hand all the way, it's pretty rough.

Q. There's been another report which you may not have seen where your father was quoted in the New York Times saying he can't wait for you and Serena to get out of the game. Do you know what he may have meant by that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. Are you aware of the comments?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. Are you looking forward to a day when you aren't playing tennis?>

VENUS WILLIAMS: No (laughter).

Q. A year ago I asked you how you rewarded yourself for a good day on court. You said you would have to come back for an answer when I thought of one. Have you got one yet?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I guess I don't really award myself. The win is award enough.

tennisIlove09
Jun 28th, 2003, 03:40 AM
I just love Venus. She's just knows what's going on around her...and she's not disrespectful.

TM
Jun 28th, 2003, 05:13 AM
decemberlove, can you please post all the 1024x768 images of venus you find this fortnight here so i can save it quicker.. thanks! ;)

decemberlove
Jun 28th, 2003, 05:44 AM
decemberlove, can you please post all the 1024x768 images of venus you find this fortnight here so i can save it quicker.. thanks! ;)

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decemberlove
Jun 28th, 2003, 05:56 AM
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decemberlove
Jun 28th, 2003, 06:02 AM
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decemberlove
Jun 28th, 2003, 06:05 AM
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decemberlove
Jun 28th, 2003, 06:13 AM
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locks
Jun 28th, 2003, 04:16 PM
Great Pictures :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :lick: :lick: :drool:

TM
Jun 28th, 2003, 07:46 PM
:worship: merci decemberlove :worship:

tennisIlove09
Jun 29th, 2003, 09:01 PM
Great pictures! So regal!

Come on Vee! Beat Vera like she stole something!

Susie
Jun 30th, 2003, 01:18 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: GOOOOOO QUEEN VEE VEE!!! REVENGE BABY REVENGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *giggling* :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Ain't no-one beat our girl and don't get beat back! :D

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 30th, 2003, 02:32 AM
GO Venus GO!!!!!!

Great pics December!!!thanks!

Venus Forever
Jun 30th, 2003, 01:52 PM
Venus got her SWEEEEEEET revenge!! :D

6-1 6-3 over Vera!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Now, SLAM down Lindsay. :D

tennisIlove09
Jun 30th, 2003, 08:46 PM
Yea Venus!!

Go get Lindsay!

Susie
Jul 1st, 2003, 02:15 AM
:bounce: GOOD LUCK AGAINST LINDSAY VEE!!! :bounce:


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Venus Forever
Jul 1st, 2003, 06:08 PM
Venus def. Lindsay 6-2 2-6 6-1

Great Job Venus!!

Beat Kim!! :bounce:

tennisIlove09
Jul 2nd, 2003, 12:23 AM
Venus is looking good! 33 winners; 16 Errors against Lindsay!

Beat Kim Vee!

Infiniti2001
Jul 2nd, 2003, 01:31 AM
Good job Vee :bounce: :worship: :yippee:
I believe :kiss: :hearts:
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jean_genie
Jul 2nd, 2003, 02:27 AM
Go Venus!!! Take this title and send all the pretenders to your throne home (even if you share it with 'em :D ) Roll through the semi's and into the final.!!!

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 2nd, 2003, 03:29 AM
Come on Venus win it all! Kick that Belgian's ass!

TM
Jul 2nd, 2003, 03:43 AM
:kiss: :drool: :drool: :drool: :bounce: :lol: :worship: :worship: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: WITHOUT A DOUBT!~

OH FO SHO!@@!!!

:bounce: :bounce:

CanIGetAWhat
Jul 2nd, 2003, 01:30 PM
Good job, Venus! :)

Now beat Kim and grab those juicy bonus points!

tennisIlove09
Jul 2nd, 2003, 08:40 PM
Go Vee!

WilliamzX2
Jul 3rd, 2003, 12:46 AM
Venus,

for the love of you...we your loyal fans are here in support of you..win or lose...but we know you have all it takes to win and you have shown us this past 2 weeks that you have regained the desire... I now expect no one else to be holding up the trophy but you...good luck the rest of the....you are a phenomenal person!!

Susie
Jul 3rd, 2003, 12:50 AM
:kiss: GOOD LUCK VEE!!! :kiss:

We're getting close, oh yeah!!! :)


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tennisIlove09
Jul 3rd, 2003, 08:16 PM
Venus battled! 4-6 6-3 6-1

but she's injured again :sad: :sad:

Susie
Jul 4th, 2003, 01:42 AM
CONGRATS QUEEN VEE!!! :worship:

Omg was that hard to watch or what? I didn't feel good as soon as i saw Vee was in pain, omg that killed me so much :sad: But today Vee showed that even at less than 100% she was able to win even against Kim who was playing really well too! :)

She's a fighter and a true champion! She did us so proud today (even though we're already so proud!) And even after everything she's put me through over the years (the blood, the sweat, the tears and a million heart attacks :D) i'm still there with ya Vee! :bounce:

I hope she wins it now, it's been too long! Though if Serena wins it's ok too, they're already winners, getting to the final is winning cos it's not nice that they gotta fight it out (omg i'm gonna be in a state again argh!) :)

GOOD LUCK IN THE FINAL VEE! :bounce:

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Chance
Jul 4th, 2003, 10:11 AM
I'm Stunned... in awe

I was sad to see her in pain the first set but to see her fight back was freaking AWESOME.
Venus is AWESOME!
:D

Couver
Jul 4th, 2003, 11:58 PM
YAY Venus played such a good match, she really showed everyone what a true champion she is.

But her injury :sad:

Well go Venus take it too Serena on Saturday, Wimbledon #3 :devil:

CanIGetAWhat
Jul 5th, 2003, 02:15 AM
C'mon, Venus, win the title! :bounce: I'm soooo happy you're playing with that inner fire again. :D

Susie, as an administrator, please, please, pleeeeease suspend ban selesrules and some of the Williams haters who continually write nasty and inflammatory things about Venus and Serena. :angel: Lol.

tennisIlove09
Jul 5th, 2003, 08:10 AM
Please Lord, give Venus the strength to compete and play her best in the finals. Give her will to win her 3rd title in London.


GO VEE...

if she loses, I'll be so depressed

locks
Jul 5th, 2003, 07:13 PM
Your the BEST Venus :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

¤CharlDa¤
Jul 5th, 2003, 09:20 PM
Sadly Venus lost :sad:

But she showed one again how great and classy she was and played through injury! Congrats for that Venus! A healthy Venus would ahve beaten Serena in two, I can promise that!

tennisIlove09
Jul 6th, 2003, 09:16 AM
slowly I'm losing interest in tennis

:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Chance
Jul 6th, 2003, 09:51 AM
I bet when the USOPEN starts, your interest will return ;)

That's the best thing about tennis... it's not like you have to wait every 4 years like the Olympics, there's always another tournament another GS just around the corner.

I was sad at the end of the match but her game throughout Wimbly was very good, something I couldn't say in the last year..... so that gives me hope.

All I want now is for Venus to recover from that injury 100%.

Take Care Venus :worship:

Susie
Jul 10th, 2003, 01:07 AM
C'mon, Venus, win the title! :bounce: I'm soooo happy you're playing with that inner fire again. :D

Susie, as an administrator, please, please, pleeeeease suspend ban selesrules and some of the Williams haters who continually write nasty and inflammatory things about Venus and Serena. :angel: Lol.

Tbh i can't keep up with everything that goes on on the board all the time, what with all the comments here and there. It's never ending, as soon as one post gets deleted there's another gazillion about Vee and Serena.

I know it's a problem, it annoys the hell out of me too but right now if you just report the posts they get looked at and action taken as appropriate. Either that or you simply use the ignore feature that is available :)

Susie
Jul 10th, 2003, 01:17 AM
:bounce: GET WELL SOON VEE!!! YOU DID US PROUD!!! ALWAYS A CHAMPION IN OUR EYES :bounce:

At least it was Serena ya lost to, helps ease the pain a bit hehe :)