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Old Dec 27th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #16
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Best of luck, Venus! Your name needs to be added to that list of champions!!
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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 09:11 AM   #17
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Go Vee

Shouldn't there be some photos by now?
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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #18
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Re: 2013 New Beginnings: Hop on the Hopman Cup Express

Venus Williams teams up with John Isner for the Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 – Tennis News

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Former world number one, Venus Williams, will team up with the 6ft 9in tall lad, John Isner, to participate in the Hyundai Hopman Cup, scheduled to be contested at the Perth Arena from December 29 to January 5. It will be an exciting event considering the line up that looks terrific from the bird eye view. Some mind-startling performers from the world of tennis will team up with their compatriots to stage at the season opening tournament in Australia.

Williams stated in an interview, “I've never been to Perth – I've never played the Hopman Cup, so for me it's going to be a wonderful experience. I've watched it literally every year on TV so now I get to play, I'm very excited.”

Isner commented about the participation in the tournament, “For me it's the perfect way to start the year. It has the pressure of matches but then it's not exactly an ATP tournament. My previous two partners have been very small. But Venus is a little bit taller so I'm not going to look like such a giant out there. She's obviously one of the greatest players ever so I think our team has a good shot to do well.”

The overall line-up for the contest is as follows:
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Serbia
Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic
USA
John Isner and Venus Williams
Italy
Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone
Spain
Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
Germany
Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic
South Africa
Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers
France
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson
Australia
Bernard Tomic and Casey Dellacqua

It is going to be a mouth-watering event especially with the inclusion of the 2011 edition finalist, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, who is considered to be the best mix-doubles team considering their mammoth experience and talented play. Both players are 25 years old and achieved the height of world ranks. Ivanovic was ranked the best player in the world after her conquest of the French Open in 2008 whilst Djokovic has ended the two successive years as the number one player in the world including the current season.

Williams and Isner will be a team to beat as well who will be utilizing all their experience just like the Serb squad. The 32-year-old Williams had a very successful doubles season in 2012 as well; won the Gold Medal at London Olympics along with her majestic sister, Serena Williams, who ended the season with seven titles.
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Re: 2013 New Beginnings: Hop on the Hopman Cup Express

Why is not Vee in Perth yet? She should be there preparing for the tournament. Please, post pictures when she arrives in Perth. Great thread Maddy. Let it be a start of a great year for Vee and her fans. :-)
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Venus plays tonight on livestream
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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #21
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Tonight? I thought USA started on Sunday?

Regardless, good luck Vee!
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Re: 2013 New Beginnings: Hop on the Hopman Cup Express

Nope. Venus is going to play on Sunday

http://hopmancup.com/schedules-draws/order-of-play
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No, tomorrow night.

But she should be arriving there within the next few hours if she hasn't already.
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Sunday Perth time 10am .... Saturday 9pm EST US time

Finally see the Goddess in action!

And Isner.
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Damn, I just realized that South Africa and Spain are getting screwed by this scheduling. Spain plays Saturday/Sunday/Thursday and South Africa plays Saturday/Sunday/Friday. Scheepers and AMG should have entered in Auckland and flown there to play a few matches Monday-Wednesday.

They were incredibly kind to Vee by giving her Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday and a day off before the Saturday final too.
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Good luck Vee!

As a New Year's resolution, this year will be about enjoying the ride. Of course, I always say that and I know I end up screaming in front of the TV Whatever, I will not rest until that 8th Slam comes by!
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Spain vs. South Africa is down to the Mixed.

Venus vs. Scheepers tomorrow will be on first. BUT Venus-Johansson and Venus-AMG is second/after Isner's matches on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Happy Christmas Venus, I hope you have had an enjoyable off season, what have you been upto?

Venus:- Merry Christmas Neil, it has been a really enjoyable but challenging 8 weeks, there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t had something to do. I was in New York for the fashion week with my fashion line Eleven, and I have been also doing photo shoots in order to promote the line. This has been a real passion for me, and it is brilliant that everyone can now buy the line. It will also be very strange seeing other players out there wearing it as well. It was just nice to get home, settle into a routine, and not worry about travelling to the next place, it was a peaceful rest with friends, family and my team.

Will we be seeing any new people on the Eleven Fashion Line, in terms of players on the circuit.

Venus:- Well currently there is myself, Johanna Konta and Varvara Lepchenko . There will be two new additions to the line also. A young up and coming player will be wearing it, her name is Madison Keys who won the America wildcard to play in Australia. I invited her to come down to Florida as her agent is friendly with my father. She is such a brilliant athlete and has a great future ahead of her. She will be wearing the line for a limited period, as she has a deal with Nike, however this is a trial basis. Also I got talking to Kirsten Flipkens at the recent farewell exhibition for Kim Clijsters, and she has stated that she wants to wear the line this season. It is great that people are now becoming familiar with my work.

That is brilliant Venus, I was particularly impressed with your fall collection, it was stunning. Now back to the tennis, how has the off season training been going.

Venus:- INTENSE! I actually don’t think I have worked harder during the off season. Since coming back I had lost some muscle, I am still leaner than I was back in 2010, however I have regained some of that muscle which I had lost due to the syndrome. There was a lot of bench pressing and really working on my core strength and core movement. I had some issues with my back last year, and me and my team wanted to make sure my body was in the best shape possible, for Australia. As you know I have Larry on my team now, he has added some new dimensions to my fitness. I have been doing some kick boxing, to help with my movement and reflexes. It has really helped to strengthen by thigh muscles. He also introduced the dreaded sand hill drills, they make me shiver thinking about them. David and I every morning, and late evening run up them, it is painful but once they are done its worthwhile.

Has Larry rejuvenated your love for tennis and training Venus?

Venus- Tennis is my life Neil, that love and drive for winning never left me, the last two years have been really unfortunate. As in 2010 I was beginning to dominate again, that year I wanted to win the French Open so badly, I was doing well in the clay events, I won Acapulco, Final Of Madrid and Quarters of Stuttgart. Then I got to the 4th Round and lost to Nadia Petrova, I was shattered, I felt really low, so I would say Larry is helping me overcome these mental demons, the love for tennis was always there, maybe sometimes you can want something to much. In terms of training, he is probably making it more fun and yet more challenging at the same time. Im 32, my body is obviously more fragile, and it is important that I am at my complete physical peak when competing, to help reduce the chance of injury. In that area he has really helped me.

So what key aspects have you been working on during the off season?

Venus:-I can truly say all aspects have been worked on, I have tried to give focus to all areas, especially ensuring my movement is very good. These girls are getting stronger and faster, it is vital that you keep improving to keep up with them. However I have been really trying to improve my second serve this year, with my back injury I learned that placement is so important, power maybe isn’t always best. Off course my serve is always going to be powerful, it is my money shot, however diversity is vital. I want to play more doubles as well, I feel it helped me improve so much since my time away. It helped my net play, I love at the net, I will be trying to get there as much as I can, its where I feel most comfortable.

You mentioned that Larry helped you with your mental game, in what way?

Venus:-My father always talked to me about mental lapses which I took on court, I sometimes can begin to back off, and lose the winning position which I had. I have analysed a lot of matches which I have lost, right back from 2000, it was important to see what I was doing wrong, and I noticed that actually I was doing similar things in these matches. In order for me to win more grand slams I need to off course me in top physical shape but I have to stay in these matches mentally, I have to do that for 7 matches, over a best of 3 set scenario. My team and I are really trying to work on that, I have done it 7 times before I want to do it again so badly, the drive and enthusiasm is possibly even stronger than it has ever been.

Is the Slam’s your main focus this year then Venus ?

Venus:-My main focus this year is to be prepared both physically and mentally for each tournament I enter. In tennis you never know which year is going to be your last, and since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, I have learned to be blessed with the gift I have been given and the job I have. My main focus is to enjoy every match, and feel that I gave 100%, and have no regrets. However my real goal is to win both The Australian and French Open, however im not picky I will take any slam, it would be nice to complete the career slam though. Serena always said she wanted everything I had, maybe it’s time for the Big Sis to snatch a few of Serena’s awards (laughs).

Are you looking forward to the 2013 season and what is your main goal ?

Venus:-I look forward to every season, as they all bring different challenges and new endeavours. This season will be different as there has been some changes, however I looked forward to what it will bring. My immediate goal is to get inside the world’s top 20, I’m at 24 and have no points to defend in Australia. I think that could be achievable, and I would love to get back into the top 10 this year, however I have to start winning more titles, and having deep runs in the slams, I am focused and ready to do what is necessary. If it means staying out for 4 hours on court fighting to win a match, it has to be done. Each year is a new chapter in your life and it gives you another chance to rewrite some history books. Let’s see what 2013 will bring (massive smile)

Thank you Venus, it has been a pleasure. Good luck for the new season, all the tennis fans are rooting for you.

Venus:- Thanks for the support, I look forward to talking to you soon, and have a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous new year.
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Venus has never talked so openly about her tennis practice! This interview makes me so positive!
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