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Old Mar 7th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

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Should dealings with the organizing board crop up, American Venus Williams might be back in for the WTA tournament in Barcelona, to be held June 11.06-03 | 14:08 hs. - Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, director of the trophy, was at the tournament’s opening day, accompanied by the Spanish Real Federation of Tennis (RFET) Pedro Muñoz, and several former tennis players that were present at the meeting held at the Generalitat General Secretary of Sports, such as Sergi Bruguera, Carles Costa, and current Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez-Vicario.

Colombian Catalina Castaño, Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez, French Emilie Loit, Italian Romina Oprandi, and American Meghann Shaughnessy will appear at the WTA Barcelona, to be held there for the first time in 12 years.

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario is working on current first seed Spaniard Anabel Medina’s inclusion, as well as hip figure Venus Williams.

Despite the rules forbidding top ten seeds to take part in a tournament of such characteristics, Arantxa unveiled her objectives: she wants to rally the competition from a current Tier IV to a Tier III, and to a Tier II in 2009.

Moreover, this year’s budget amounts to 500 thousand dollars, 145 devoted to awards. It is expected to increase up to 700 in 2008, to be ballooned to 1 million in 2009.

This is deemed possible due to an extension to the contract sponsored by Kia firm, which was announced at the presentation.

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario pointed out that for the WTA to approve of this tournament, the audience must show a good response to it and the La Teixonera Stadium must be full to its capacity (3.450 sits). The fee, thus, will cost 5 euros.

Pedro Muñoz praised the RFET’s job for women tennis and promised that by 2009 Spain will count on 8 to 9 top 100 players.
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Old Mar 7th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

It would be brilliant, but I'd be stunned to see Venus choosing to play on clay in between Roland Garros and Wimbledon...
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

Barcelona should be in April, make it dual event with Mens Open Seat Godo.
having it on at same time as Birmingham
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

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It would be brilliant, but I'd be stunned to see Venus choosing to play on clay in between Roland Garros and Wimbledon...
Me too. I dont think she's played any warm-up since 98 or 99.
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Barcelona should be in April, make it dual event with Mens Open Seat Godo.
having it on at same time as Birmingham
As it used to be many years ago...

So far Castaño, Loit, Medina Garrigues, Domínguez Lino and Oprandi are confirmed so no harm done to Birmingham. These players would had never played there anyway
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

why pick up an injury before wimbledon,if i am venus i will ask for a hefty amount in appearance fees.i think they saw what venus did in instabul and memphis bringing publicity to an obscure tournament.
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Would be silly for Venus to play a tiny clay court event when she should be getting ready for Wimb. I'm sure after RG clay is the last thing on her mind.
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

well.. an injury can happen anytime
and she can use this Barcelona tournament as a warmup to Wimbledon...
she's a natural grass court player anyway, her
body adapts fast to it...

well... she's really a great sports person and I think that it would take her to reach the 2nd week of Roland Garros for her not to play Barcelona...

and she has great respects for the legends of the game...
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

If this event is on clay,then Venus shouldnot play here.
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Would be silly for Venus to play a tiny clay court event when she should be getting ready for Wimb. I'm sure after RG clay is the last thing on her mind.
No kidding.

There's no way she should be anywhere other than on the grass.
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

Vee probably won't play there. And since when is Arantxa excited by the sisters? Didn't she use to hate them?
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

I dunno, she looks up to ASV, but the scheduling is sketchy. I hope she plays it if they move it back to like a week or two before RG. They really should make this a combined event with the Godo Event in April.
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Re: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona

I don't think it matters to Venus.
We really have no idea how Venus feels when it comes to where she is at this point in her career.
Sanchez Vicario might though.
We know that Venus doesn't like the repetition of the tour, it was just one of the reasons she decided to play Istanbul and was scheduled to play Stockholm.
This is right in the ballpark of something Venus might consider.

For most of the clay season last year, Venus played what I considered a grass court game.
It worked on a clay very well but she went away from it on the grass.
She wasn't as aggressive in her match with Jankovic and lost because of it, some of that due to Jelena's gamestyle, some of it due to Venus.

Because Venus is usually so aggressive on all surfaces,
I don't think playing an extra week of clay is going to hurt.
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Vee probably won't play there. And since when is Arantxa excited by the sisters? Didn't she use to hate them?
nah, just Serena...Venus never tried to hit her
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nah, just Serena...Venus never tried to hit her
Didn't she say in her interview after RG 2000: I beat Venus in the quarterfinals on the same court that I beat her sister after being down a set and 5-3, and im proud of that? or sthing along those lines?
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