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Acura Classic 2004

Venus' status uncertain after wrist injury

Sunday, July 25, 2004

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CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Mary Pierce played solidly en route to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Claudine Schaul in the first round of the Acura Classic on Sunday.

Pierce, the former French Open champion, had little trouble in winning the matchup of unseeded players.

"I was very happy winning my first match," she said. "Those are always the toughest, in terms of getting into it and getting accustomed to the environment."

Pierce may not have much time to get accustomed to the surroundings of the La Costa Resort & Spa. She is scheduled to play the winner of the Venus Williams-Gisela Dulko match, if Williams is still playing.

There was no word on Williams' status to play here after she sprained her right wrist Saturday, forcing her to withdraw from a semifinal match against Lindsay Davenport in the WTA event at Carson.

Williams was advised by a WTA doctor Saturday to rest the wrist and have it re-evaluated Monday.

Acura tournament spokesman Harvey Bolgla said that Williams' first match would have to be played no later than Tuesday. Williams, who finished last season ranked out of the top 10 because she didn't play on the WTA Tour from last July to January with an abdominal muscle injury, loses her injury-protected ranking beginning Monday and is seeded 11th here.

Only two seeded players saw action, including No. 16 seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, who was upset by Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4. Ninth-seeded Paola Suarez of Argentina was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Hungary's Aniko Kapros.

Pierce said it didn't matter whether she played Williams.

"I don't put any expectations on myself," she said. "I would love to win this tournament. I still feel that I'm not exactly where I need to be to be giving myself the chance to beat the top girls and competing against them."

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Venus Williams withdraws from Acura Classic
Posted: Tuesday July 27, 2004 3:19PM; Updated: Tuesday July 27, 2004 3:19PM





CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Venus Williams pulled out of the Acura Classic on Tuesday with a sprained right wrist, an injury that forced her to withdraw from the semifinals of last week's tournament in Carson, Calif.

WTA spokesman Jim Fuhse made the announcement, just a few hours before Williams' opening-round match against Gisela Dulko.



Williams said last week the injury occurred when she pushed off her arms to get up after tying her shoe two hours before Saturday's semifinal against Lindsey Davenport. Williams trailed 7-5, 2-0 when she retired.

Williams has won three straight titles here, from 2000-2002.

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Williams sisters endure tough day at Acura Classic


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(07-27) 20:50 PDT CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) --

Top-seeded Serena Williams overcame a blister on her left foot and an unexpected challenge from Jelena Jankovic, but won her second-round match Tuesday at the Acura Classic.

While Serena took more than two hours to beat her unseeded opponent, older sister Venus had even bigger problems and withdrew from her first-round match against Gisela Dulko with a sprained right wrist. Venus sustained the injury last week and was forced to withdraw during the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Carson, Calif.

"The good news is I'm doing better," Venus told the stadium crowd over the P.A. system moments before her scheduled match. "The bad news is I couldn't get better enough to play today."

Serena's problem became noticeable during the fifth game of the third set of her 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory. She pulled up lame with her left foot after chasing down a ball.

"That one game I just felt it," Serena said of the blister that developed during practice Monday. "I had a lot of pain in my left foot."

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova used a solid service game to overpower qualifier Lilia Osterloh 6-3, 6-3. It was Sharapova's first match since her surprisingly easy victory over Serena at Wimbledon on July 3 for her first Grand Slam title.

Sharapova breezed through the first set in 30 minutes, then held off Osterloh, who had a break point at 4-3. Sharapova held her serve for a 5-3 lead and finished off the match with a hard backhand return down the line.

With Serena holding a 3-2 lead on the changeover in the third set, Jankovic called for the WTA trainer. In an odd twist, both players required medical attention from the trainer that lasted a total of 10 minutes. The trainer worked on stretching Jankovic's back first, then taped the instep of Serena's foot.

Serena played gingerly on her left foot as she won the final three games.

"It was pretty painful," said Serena of the blister on the inside of her foot. "It was really awkward, which was why I was walking (that way)."

Jankovic, ranked 44th in the world, explained that she tired in the final set, as well as suffering from a stiff back.

"I thought I was going to collapse at the end," she said.

Serena said she would be ready for her match on Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's match between Eleni Daniilidou and Elena Bovina.

Serena, routed by Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's final at Carson, appeared intent on making quick work of Jankovic. When Serena took a 4-1 lead, it looked like it wouldn't take her long.

But Jankovic came back, broke Serena's serve three straight times and tied the match. Jankovic began to match ground strokes with Serena, who also started committing numerous unforced errors. Jankovic won the tiebreaker on two consecutive hitting errors by Serena.

"I think I could have won in straight sets, but I made too many errors," Serena said. "It boiled down to missing some key shots. It's a little disgusting on myself. I know if I made those shots, it would be a completely different story."

Serena came back and won the second set, although it was not as easy as the score indicated. She then took a 3-2 lead in the third set before finishing off the match winning three straight games.

"I came to win the match," Jankovic said. "I believed it to the end. Then Serena raised her level and I couldn't keep up with her." No. 10 Nadia Petrova was the only seeded player to lose, dropping a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 first-round decision to Elena Likhovtseva. In other second-round matches involving seeded players, No. 3 Anastasia Myskina beat Barbara Schett 6-3, 6-4, and No. 12 Vera Zvonareva was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Maria Sanchez Lorenzo.

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American Serena Williams returns volley to Yugoslavia's Jelena Jankovic during her opening match at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, California, July 27, 2004. Williams, the number one seed, won 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-2 to advance .

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Number one seed Serena Williams takes off her shoe to deal with a painful blister on her left foot during the third set of her opening round match against Yugoslavia's Jelena Jankovic at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, California July 27, 2004. Williams won 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-2 to advance. Both Williams and Jankovic took injury time-outs at the same time during the match, Jankovic with a sore back.

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Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro during the second round of the Acura Classic on July 27, 2004 at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. Williams won the match 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2

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Venus Williams waits at courtside before pulling out of her second-round match against Gisela Dulko of Argentina at the Acura Tennis Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., Tuesday, July 27, 2004. Williams pulled out of the tournament with a strained right wrist

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San Diego: Serena is interviewed by San Diego's KNBC-TV after her match.

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Tennis: Serena Williams Overcomes Injury, Jankovic
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28 Jul 2004, 11:45 UTC


Top-seeded American Serena Williams overcame a foot injury and a surprise challenge from Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro, to advance to the third round of the Acura Classic tennis tournament near San Diego, California.



Williams took more than two hours to beat her unseeded opponent Tuesday, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. But her older sister Venus withdrew from her first-round match against Gisela Dulko of Argentina with a sprained right wrist.

Other second-round seeded winners included four Russians -- number-three Anastasia Myskina, fifth-seed Elena Dementieva, number-six Maria Sharapova and 12th-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

Number-10 Nadia Petrova of Russia was the only seeded player to lose, dropping her first-round match to countrywoman Elena Likhovtseva in three sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-4).






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Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals with sweep

By: RYAN FINLEY - Staff Writer LA COSTA ---- Serena Williams overcame a slow start with strong service play and defeated Russian Elena Bovina, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday night in the third round of the Acura Classic at La Costa Resort and Spa.

Williams notched five aces to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals, which start this morning at 10. Williams will take on Vera Zvonareva at 1 p.m.

"The key to the match boiled down to who could hold serve," Williams said. "I felt my serve carried me today through the match."



Williams seemed to snap out of an early-match funk while serving and ahead 3-2 in the first. Trailing love-40, Williams battled to force deuce and win the game.

She broke Bovina's serve in the ensuing game to make it 5-2 and, after losing the next two games, put her opponent away with a 110-mph ace.

Bovina took a 2-1 lead in the second set thanks to steady rally play, but eventually fell victim to Williams' overwhelming serve and tough ground strokes. Williams broke Bovina's serve to take a 3-2 lead, then took the final three games and the match.

Williams, who made the finals at Wimbledon and last week's JPMorgan Chase Open, said she's finally hitting her stride on the court.

"I feel this is the best I've played in the past few weeks," Williams said. "Baby steps, but I'll get there."

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