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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 06:05 PM   #1
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Richard Williams Latest Prediction(Three More Wimb.For Vee)

Venus Williams wins 4th Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -Venus Williams giggled as she clutched the championship trophy against her chest, threw back her head and whooped at the sky.

Winning Wimbledon never gets old.

Williams won tennis' most prestigious tournament for the fourth time Saturday, beating surprising finalist Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-1.

It was Williams' sixth Grand Slam title, and her first since winning Wimbledon in 2005. She was also the champion at the All England Club in 2000 and 2001.

At No. 31, Williams became the lowest-ranked women's winner in Wimbledon history. Plagued in recent years by injuries that sent her ranking sliding, she rediscovered her championship form this week on the surface that always seems to inspire her best efforts.

``It has been a long road back,'' Williams said during the trophy ceremony. ``I brought it together here against some of the best players in the world, including Marion.''

She lost 22 games in her final four matches, beating 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Thursday and French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic on Friday.

``She loves the grass,'' said Williams' boyfriend, pro golfer Hank Kuehne. ``And she loves the environment here.''

Her father and coach, Richard, said that when his daughter was about 9, she declared she wanted to win Wimbledon more than anyone else.

``I think she can win three more,'' he said, ``and I would be disappointed if she did not.''

Williams is the fourth woman in the Open era to win four or more Wimbledon singles titles, joining Martina Navratilova (9), Steffi Graf (7) and Billie Jean King (4). King also won Wimbledon singles titles in 1966-67, before the Open era began in 1968.

On Sunday, Roger Federer will seek his fifth successive Wimbledon title against nemesis Rafael Nadal in a rematch of last year's final.

Williams' resurgence was reminiscent of the run to this year's Australian Open title by her sister Serena, who entered that tournament ranked 81st. Venus expressed gratitude to her sister - among others - during the trophy ceremony.

``Serena, she inspires me,'' Venus said. ``The Australian Open champion - I wanted to be like her.''

Serena, eliminated by top-ranked Justine Henin in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, watched from the stands as Venus turned in a workmanlike performance punctuated by occasional brilliance. She chased down shots all over the court, and her varied shotmaking ranged from delicate slices to a fearsome backhand overhead slam.

While the tournament was plagued by rain for much of the past two weeks, the final took place right on schedule - and in warm sunshine, the best weather of the fortnight.

Williams served out the first game at love, then broke serve when Bartoli double-faulted. They played 19 minutes before Bartoli won a game to make it 3-1, prompting cheers of encouragement from a Centre Court crowd eager for a competitive match.

And it was - for a while. The Frenchwoman, playing in her first Grand Slam final, settled down to reach 3-all. But she double-faulted for the fourth time for set point, and Williams converted by charging forward to put away a backhand volley.

She kept up the pressure to start the second set, winning the first three games. Both players then requested medical timeouts - Bartoli to have her left foot retaped, and Williams to have her upper left thigh taped.

Following the 11-minute interruption, the 19th-ranked Bartoli held serve to close to 3-1. She had rallied from a set down in her past three matches, including a shocking win Friday over Henin.

But this time, there would be no comeback.

Williams hit a backhand winner to break serve for 5-1, and closed out the victory with a 124-mph service winner that handcuffed a weary Bartoli.

The crowd roared as Williams raised her arms, grinned and, after shaking hands with her opponent, let out with an exultant ``Woooooo!''

With Wimbledon paying equal prize money to men and women for the first time this year, Williams won $1.407 million. Bartoli received $703,500. Williams has been among the most vocal proponents of equal prize money, and she broached the subject during the trophy ceremony, prompted a roar of delight from the crowd.

``Thank you, All England Club - we're playing under equal terms,'' she said.
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #2
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hope she is healthy ...
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 06:10 PM   #3
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I think she can win three titles at Wimbledon but they won't be Wimbledon titles.

She probably has enough in her to win two Wimbledon titles but I think she really wants to win the Olympics in 2012 at London which will be at Wimbledon and she'll do it.

Two Wimbledons and the 2012 Olympics which she and Sharapova really seem to want.
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When she is healthy and no serious injuries it is possible, definitely.
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That's it?
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I want her to win at least six more, so I can see this face again:

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I want her to win at least six more, so I can see this face again:

Yeah that damn cow didnt want Venus to have the same status as her , King and Graff...guess what baby..she is about to pass your stat..because your ancient ass can FORGET about seeing another Wimbledon single title. You gotta love Richard Williams and his predictions....he is offically my play uncle...lol
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I want her to win at least six more, so I can see this face again:

can i use that as my avatar pleeease?
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Venus could definitely win three more, but serena and her will trade then amongst themselves if they are healthy in coming years.
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Yeah that damn cow didnt want Venus to have the same status as her , King and Graff...guess what baby..she is about to pass your stat..because your ancient ass can FORGET about seeing another Wimbledon single title. You gotta love Richard Williams and his predictions....he is offically my play uncle...lol
Umm. Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova have 18 Wimbledon titles each.
Venus has 6.
It took Martina 25 years to even catch up to Billie Jean King and yet somehow you think Venus can do it and she hasn't even accomplished one boxed set yet.

Keep dreaming.
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Umm. Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova have 18 Wimbledon titles each.
Venus has 7.
It took Martina 25 years to even catch up to Billie Jean King and yet somehow you think Venus can do it and she hasn't even accomplished one boxed set yet.

Keep dreaming.
Well they mentioned something to Venus being in the same league was graff, navitorlova and king..i thought that was it...either way the cookie crumble I still cant stand that cow lol...and I know she didnt want Venus to win lol
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Three more? Why not? If she stays healthy she can definitely do it. I still have not seen any other active player who is as good as Venus on grass.
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Venus could honestly win every Wimbledon she enters in the next few years, just as long as you don't put her on Court 2. More than three wouldn't surprise me.
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Venus could definitely win three more, but serena and her will trade then amongst themselves if they are healthy in coming years.
Not so sure about this statement. Personally I would say Venus is always going to be substantially more likely to win Wimbledon than Serena.
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