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Venus Williams, Davenport reach JPMorgan Chase Open semifinals
BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Friday, July 23, 2004








(07-23) 17:59 PDT CARSON, Calif. (AP) --

Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport advanced to the JPMorgan Chase Open semifinals with easy victories Friday, setting up a rematch of last week's final at Stanford.

Williams defeated 11th-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-5, 6-1, and No. 3 Davenport beat seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Serena Williams was to play No. 8 Vera Zvonareva of Russia in a night match at the Home Depot Center. The winner will play fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Williams is playing the Chase Open for the first time since 1997, even though it's located near her childhood home of Compton. She improved to 4-0 against Schiavone, who reached the semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

Davenport beat Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) for the first time in four years to win last week's Bank of the West tournament at Stanford. Williams has a 12-11 career edge over Davenport, who has reached the Chase Open final seven of the last eight years and won three times.

"My whole goal is to make less errors. I had a ton of errors and that didn't help my cause at all," Williams said. "My serve was a little better last week, but I feel I can pick it up when I need to. I'm pretty focused on what I'm doing."

They played nearly three hours in 95-degree heat before Davenport ended a six-match losing streak against Williams.

"I had a really good win last week and I'm doing well so far," Davenport said. "Right now I cannot be anything but really happy with where I'm at and what I've been able to do the last few weeks. Wimbledon was a huge step because I finally feel I started to play good tennis."

Davenport lost a three-set semifinal at Wimbledon to eventual champion Maria Sharapova, while Williams was upset in the second round.

Davenport closed out the 48-minute victory over Petrova with a second-serve ace, one of nine she had in the match. She connected on 60 percent of her first serves and hit 23 winners to Petrova's six.

"I really wanted to get off to a good start, an aggressive start, and I was able to do that," she said. "It carried through the rest of the match. I was helped out quite a bit by her level of play."

Schiavone tried to blunt Williams' power with topspin, and the strategy kept her close in the first set when Williams' forehand broke down. Williams needed two deuces before breaking Schiavone on a backhand winner up the line off a second serve to close out the first set in 50 minutes. Williams won the match on a backhand volley.

"She was benefiting from my errors, but she plays well," Williams said.

Dementieva was unusually motivated to beat the fifth-seeded Kuznetsova in honor of her mother's birthday.

"I was doing everything possible to win this match and make her happy because she's not with me," she said. "I just wanted to call her after the match and tell her that's my present to her."

Dementieva lost her only other meeting against Kuznetsova, a three-setter on clay at Berlin in May.

"I don't like to play against Russian players because I know them very well and we have a good relationship. It's kind of difficult mentally for me," Dementieva said. Four of the top eight seeds in Carson were Russian, and all of them reached the quarterfinals. "I'm very proud that we have so many," said Dementieva, who turned pro in 1998. "I remember when there was maybe one or two of us playing and losing first round."

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Venus Williams gets a rematch with Davenport



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CARSON, Calif. - Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport advanced to the JPMorgan Chase Open semifinals with easy victories Friday, setting up a rematch of last week's final at Stanford.

Williams defeated 11th-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-5, 6-1, and No. 3 Davenport beat seventh-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Serena Williams needed nearly two hours to get by No. 8 Vera Zvonareva of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in front of 7,749 at Home Depot Center - the largest outdoor crowd to watch a women's pro tennis match in the Los Angeles area. A giveaway of 5,000 Serena bobblehead dolls was part of the evening.

"I loved the crowd," Williams said. "I promise I'll keep coming back here forever because I've never had so much support."

Serena advanced to play fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Serena trailed in the third set until breaking Zvonareva at 4-3 when the Russian double-faulted. Williams fired two aces at more than 100 mph to hold for a 5-3 lead. She won on her second match point when Zvonareva's lob sailed long.

"It was really tough to keep concentration," Zvonareva said. "Maybe that's why I made a few mistakes. She was playing really great. Her serve was really good and it was really tough to return it."

Zvonareva matched Williams with deep groundstrokes, often keeping the American on the run.

"My technique is a little better than what it was at Wimbledon. That's one of the things I've been working on," Williams said. "My groundstrokes were pretty solid."

Trailing 3-2 in the final set, Williams had the chair umpire call for bobby pins to be brought out. She secured two of them in her hair on the changeover.

"My hair kept getting in my face and my eye," she said.

Venus Williams is playing the Chase Open for the first time since 1997, even though it's located near her childhood home of Compton. She improved to 4-0 against Schiavone, who reached the semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.

Davenport beat Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) for the first time in four years to win last week's Bank of the West tournament at Stanford. Williams has a 12-11 career edge over Davenport, who has reached the Chase Open final seven of the last eight years and won three times.

"My whole goal is to make less errors. I had a ton of errors and that didn't help my cause at all," Williams said. "My serve was a little better last week, but I feel I can pick it up when I need to. I'm pretty focused on what I'm doing."

They played nearly three hours in 95-degree heat before Davenport ended a six-match losing streak against Williams.

"I had a really good win last week and I'm doing well so far," Davenport said. "Right now I cannot be anything but really happy with where I'm at and what I've been able to do the last few weeks. Wimbledon was a huge step because I finally feel I started to play good tennis."

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INDIANAPOLIS - There will be no rematch of last year's title match in the RCA Championships.

Defending champion Andy Roddick did his job Friday night by defeating sixth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty in their quarterfinal match. But 12th-seeded Nicolas Kiefer ousted 2003 runner-up Paradon Srichaphan in the other quarter.

Roddick defeated Hrbaty 6-2, 6-3, and Kiefer saved five break points in a tiebreaker before defeating fourth-seeded Srichaphan 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) in a match that lasted 2 hours, 33 minutes and included 131 points.

The first set lasted nearly 90 minutes, including a pair of 20-point games and another that took 22 points before it was completed. Srichaphan opened a 6-2 lead in the first tiebreaker before he double faulted to give Kiefer life and the German eventually tied the breaker at six with another double fault by his opponent.

Earlier, Ivan Ljubicic overcame an on-court bee sting and upset third-seeded Sebastien Grosjean. He'll meet Roddick in one semifinal Saturdaty and Gregory Carraz will play Kiefer for the second spot in Sunday's title match.

Ljubicic took a medical timeout in the 12th game of the opening set after a bee stung him in the buttocks. He then returned to beat Grosjean 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.

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Tennis: Davenport, Venus Williams Face Off at JP Morgan Chase Open
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24 Jul 2004, 18:35 UTC


APVenus WilliamsAmericans Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams square off today in the semifinals of the J.P. Morgan Chase Open hard court tennis tournament in Carson, California.



Williams beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1 and Davenport ousted Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-1, 6-1.

Williams and Davenport met in the finals of last week's Bank of the West Classic with Davenport winning in three sets. Top-seed Serena Williams will take on Elena Dementieva of Russia in the other semifinal. Serena Williams beat Russian Vera Zvonareva Friday 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Dementieva ousted countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.


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Top seed Serena Williams waves to the crowd after her 6-0, 6-3 win over Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain in their third-round match at the JP Morgan Chase Open Thursday, July 22, 2004, in Carson, Calif.

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Serena Williams reacts to losing a point during her match against Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain at the JP Morgan Chase Open on July 22, 2004 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Williams won the match 6-0, 6-3

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Serena Williams serves the ball during her 6-0, 6-3 win over Arantxa Parra Santonja, of Spain, during their third-round match of the JP Morgan Chase Open Thursday, July 22, 2004, at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif

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Venus Williams hits a backhand in the first set of her third-round match against Elena Likhovtseva at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Carson, Calif. on Thursday, July 22, 2004

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Venus Williams reacts to winning her third-round match against Elena Likhovtseva of Russia at the JP Morgan Chase Open in Carson, Calif., on Thursday, July 22, 2004. Williams won 6-1, 6-1.

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Venus Williams smiles after winning her JPMorgan Chase Open third-round match against Elena Likhovtseva in Carson, Calif. on Thursday, July 22, 2004. Williams won the match 6-1, 6-1

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Venus Williams hits a forehand during her 7-5, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy at the JP Morgan Chase Open on Friday, July 23, 2004, in Carson, Calif

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