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Venus Williams hits the ball on the run during her 7-5, 6-1 win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy during the quarterfinals of the JP Morgan Chase Open on Friday, July 23, 2004, in Carson, Calif.

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Serena WIlliams hits a backhand during her quarterfinal match against Vera Zvonareva of Russia at the JP Morgan Chase Open on Friday, July 23, 2004, in Carson, Calif.

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Serena Williams of celebrates after defeating Vera Zvonareva of Russia during the quarterfinals of the JP Morgan Chase Open on July 23, 2004 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Williams won the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Serena Williams stumbles as she hits hits a ball on the run against Vera Zvonareva of Russia during a quarterfinal match of the JP Morgan Chase Open on Friday, July 23, 2004, in Carson, Calif. Williams won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

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Davenport advances when Venus Williams retires
BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Saturday, July 24, 2004








(07-24) 21:40 PDT CARSON, Calif. (AP) --

A bum wrist cut short the latest chapter in the rivalry between Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport.

Davenport led 7-5, 2-0 in the JPMorgan Chase Open semifinals Saturday when Williams retired because of a right wrist injury. Williams said she tweaked it while pushing off her arms to get up after tying her shoe two hours before the match.

However, a doctor who examined Williams diagnosed it as a sprain and advised her to rest until Monday, when she will be re-evaluated.

"At 3-0, I started to have issues," Williams said. "I just couldn't control my forehand that much and the more she saw that, the more she was hitting there and that didn't help."

Davenport advanced to Sunday's final for the eighth time in nine years, having won three titles. She will play top-seeded Serena Williams, who defeated No. 4 Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-6 (2) in front of 7,963 at Home Depot Center.

"I'm happy to be in the final, but I know the playing conditions weren't level," Davenport said. "You can't have tons of confidence from that."

Davenport hasn't beaten Serena since the 2000 U.S. Open quarterfinals, with Williams winning five in a row since then, including a straight-set victory on clay at Charleston, S.C., in April.

Serena won the Chase Open in 1999 and 2000, when she beat Davenport in three sets.

"That's all in the past," Williams said. "Lindsay has a lot of confidence now and she's playing really well. I can't look at my past record with her. I have to focus on the now."

Serena had 36 winners against Dementieva, and just five fewer unforced errors.

They traded service breaks early in the second set, and then the Russian held to force the tiebreaker. Dementieva led 1-0 when Williams sent up a lob that landed on the line.

"I thought the ball was going out. Next time I'm going to play it for sure no matter how I feel," she said. "It was a good chance for me to have a 2-love or 3-love lead and maybe it would be different."

Tied 2-2, Williams won the final five points. Dementieva's forehand return of Williams' second serve on match point went long.

"She's a weird player. She strikes winners from positions she shouldn't and then hits errors," Williams said. "I'm really rough on the edges, but hopefully by the time the U.S. Open comes I'll be better."

A week ago, Davenport outlasted Venus Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-5 (4) in a riveting final to win the Bank of the West title at Stanford. Their rematch was highly anticipated by fans eager to see Davenport, a Palos Verdes native, and Williams of nearby Compton, who hadn't played in the Chase Open since 1997.

"If I could've been pretty healthy, I, for sure, would have won the match," Williams said. "Last week, I hit a million unforced errors. Today, I didn't go for the gold on every shot and I took my errors down and she couldn't handle my game at that point."

Their rivalry began in 1997, and is tied 12-12. Davenport hadn't beaten Williams in four years until winning last week.

Davenport trailed 5-0 before reeling off seven consecutive games to take the first set. She broke Williams at 40-love for a 6-5 lead and hit a forehand winner into the open court on her first set point in the next game.

"She was playing me a little bit different than last week, hitting a lot more balls to my backhand and more balls up the line," Davenport said. "I had game points in every single service game of hers. I was just a little off."

Williams called for a trainer after double-faulting to trail 5-4. That was when Davenport noticed something was wrong.

"I was trying so hard to get better and get my balls in, I wasn't really thinking about her game," Davenport said. "It was obvious she was having trouble serving and hitting her forehand."

Williams finished the first set and served the first game of the second, losing 15-40 when her backhand sailed long. Williams made two consecutive forehand errors to give Davenport the next game and then called it quits.

"If this had happened yesterday in practice, I would've had a lot more time to get it calmed down, but it came up two hours before the match," Williams said. "I was able to hold it together for quite a few games. I was thinking if I could just get the set, I could take a time-out, but I couldn't get the set."

Davenport said Williams apologized and told her, "It's always something with me."

Williams was off the WTA Tour from last July to January with an abdominal muscle injury that disrupted her playing schedule even before she decided to rest. Her inactivity caused her to finish the year ranked out of the top 10 for the first time since 1997.

Venus, who was No. 13 this week, loses her injury-protected ranking beginning Monday. As a result, she is seeded 11th in the Acura Classic at Carlsbad. She was the No. 2 seed in Carson.

"My goal this summer was to get in the top 10," she said. "I just want to be healthy and play good tennis and get in the top 10. I'm not so happy when I don't reach my goals."

After Carlsbad, Venus is scheduled to play in the Athens Olympics Aug. 16-22 and the U.S. Open begins Aug. 30. She said the latest injury is new and not related to the right wrist tendinitis that has plagued her in the past.

Asked why she plans to play next week instead of resting, a laughing Williams replied, "Because I'm just not smart enough." Younger sister Serena was out from August to January after having left knee surgery. The sisters were making a rare joint appearance in a non-Grand Slam event this week in an effort to boost their rankings. Serena is the top seed in Carlsbad. She was ranked 16th coming into the Chase Open.

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Sports News »Lindsay Davenport Time is GMT + 8 hours
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Tennis: Davenport advances as right wrist injury foils Venus Williams


LOS ANGELES : Lindsay Davenport advanced to the finals of a 585,000-dollar WTA hardcourt event after Venus Williams was forced to retire with an injured right wrist.

Third seed Davenport won 7-5, 2-0, when second seed Williams retired due to a wrist injury she said she caused Saturday morning before a practice session when she pushed off the ground with her wrists after tying her shoes.

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"I kind of tweaked it there," Williams said. "I'm hoping this will clear up in a few days and I'll play next week. I don't know. It just happened."

Williams won the first five games of the match, then lost the final nine as fellow American Davenport advanced to Sunday's championship match.

Davenport will face the winner of a later semi-final between top seed Serena Williams and Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva.

Williams had her wrist taped and was rolling past Davenport before the pain began and ruined her game.

"The tape was really holding up," Williams said. "Maybe at 3-0 I started to have issues. I just couldn't control my forehand too much. She saw that and starting hitting there more."

Williams has struggled with ankle and leg injuries earlier this season after missing six months with an abdominal strain. The extent of the wrist injury was not known but she could miss next week's event at San Diego as a result.

"(The WTA trainer) thinks I just sprained it or something," Williams said. "It happened so quickly before the match, it was just trying to have it taped to help me play more than figuring out what it was."

The injury ensured Williams will not face her younger sister in the final. The two have met in six Grand Slam finals with Venus winning only in their first such meeting, at the 2001 US Open.

Davenport was barely on the court before she was being blasted away, then just as suddenly was overpowering Williams.

"I definitely didn't start off the match that well, a lot of errors, but I slowly started getting back into the match," Davenport said.

"I noticed in the latter stages of the match that something was wrong with her. She has been through a lot of injuries. It's unfortunate.

"Every service game she had I thought I could have broken. It was important to hang in there, just to get a couple games.

"I was trying to get some momentum going into the second set. I never imagined I would win so many games in a row. The last few games were ridiculous. Everyone knew she was hurting so much."

Davenport, who beat Venus Williams last week in a three-set thriller final at Sanford, California, evened her career rivalry with the elder Williams at 12-12. Davenport makes her eighth finals trip in nine appearances here. She has won this event three times.

"The last few weeks have been such a step forward," Davenport said. "It has been a long time since I have felt so in control and positive about my game. The next Grand Slam (US Open) means a lot to me and I feel I'm on the right road to doing well there."

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Serena Williams to face Davenport in JPMorgan final
[img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img][img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img][img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img]07/25/2004[img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img][img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img][img]http://www.**********/images/spacer.gif[/img]Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated fourth- seeded Elena Dementieva in straight sets in Saturday's semifinal action at the $585,000 JPMorgan Chase Open. Williams advances to face third-seeded Lindsay Davenport, who advanced when Williams' sister, Venus Williams, retired due to injury.

http://&#91;img]http://bannerads.zwire.c...=378&#91;/img] The top-seeded Williams got past Dementieva, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Williams began the second-set tiebreaker with a double fault, just her second of the match. Dementieva put away a forehand later in the tiebreaker to knot it at two points apiece, but Williams rallied to win the last five points to clinch the victory. The end came when Dementieva hit a forehand long. Davenport, meanwhile, advanced after Venus Williams, the second seed, was forced to retire because of a wrist injury. Apparently Williams was injured getting up from tying her shoe. Davenport was ahead 7-5, 2-0, at the time of the injury. Serena has won five in a row against Davenport and holds a 9-2 career mark against her.


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Serena Williams defeats Elena Dementieva

CARSON, CA, Jul. 25 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in semifinal action Saturday at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Cason, Calif.

http://&#91;img]http://ad.doubleclick.ne...img]Click HereWilliams began the second-set tiebreaker with a double fault -- her second of the match. Dementieva put away a forehand later in the tiebreaker to knot it at two points apiece, but Williams rallied and won the last five points.

Williams advanced to face third-seeded Lindsay Davenport. Second-seeded Venus Williams was forced to retire because of a wrist injury she suffered while getting up from tying her shoe.



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