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Old Jan 20th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #1
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Venus thinking positively about ending Major drought

Venus thinking positively about ending Major drought
Posted: Thursday January 20, 2005 1:45PM; Updated: Thursday January 20, 2005 1:45PM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- It's been more than three years since Venus Williams won a Grand Slam title. After not even really contending for one in 2004, she's healthier and hoping to go far at the Australian Open.

And she keeps telling herself she can do just that.


"No matter what happens -- whether you played well, whether you played badly, whether you made good decisions or bad ones -- mentally you always have to feel like it's your turn to win," Williams said. "I think that's the best mind-set."

She moved into the third round by beating China's Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 Thursday.

Last year, she lost in the third round at Melbourne, setting the tone for her season. She was beaten in the quarterfinals at the French Open, the second round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

The most recent of Williams' four major titles came at the 2001 U.S. Open.

But with defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, 2004 runner-up Kim Clijsters and two-time champ Jennifer Capriati out with injuries, Williams figures the title chase is wide open. And she feels she has the answer to winning again: "Just continue the battle -- prepare better, play better, think better, be better."

She had ankle, wrist and leg injuries last season -- and that was after a six-month layoff with a torn abdominal muscle.

"Things happen that you can't control yourself. Sometimes you have to step back," she said.

After a sputtering start Thursday in which Peng broke her serve, Williams took control, breaking back in the next game. She converted six of 13 break-point chances in the match, enough to advance to a match Saturday against Anna Smashnova of Israel.

"You can't expect every match to be perfect," Williams said. "I still had a few errors, and I definitely want to bring those down. But just in general I think my game was very solid. Basically just on the up-and-up."
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Old Jan 20th, 2005, 08:08 PM   #2
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i hope she wins a slam this year

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i hope she wins a slam this year
She will win all four this year.
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want to see the old venus back!
I hate to disappoint you, but you will see a new, improved and undefeated Venus.

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YEAH that´s the spirit Vee all ya need is a slam and the old Vee will rise
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"No matter what happens -- whether you played well, whether you played badly, whether you made good decisions or bad ones -- mentally you always have to feel like it's your turn to win," Williams said. "I think that's the best mind-set."
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