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Swisscom Challenge 2004

Davenport, Serena Williams pull out of Zurich event

Updated 09:02am (Mla time) Oct 18, 2004
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ZURICH, Switzerland -- Americans Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams have pulled out of the 1.3 million dollars WTA event which begins here Monday, according to the tournament organizers.

Davenport had been the number two seed while Williams had been seeded five.

France's Amelie Mauresmo is the top seed.

Mauresmo last week lost her world number one spot to Davenport, whose reasons for the late pullout are not yet known.





In last year's final Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, who has already brought her season to an end due to fatigue, overwhelmed Jelena Dokic 6-0, 6-4.

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Venus Defeats Sprem
No.7 seed Venus Williams (left) advanced to the second round of the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich Tuesday, defeating Karolina Sprem of Croatia, 62 62. No.8 seed Nadia Petrova and No.9 Ai Sugiyama also advanced to the next round. Meanwhile, top seed Amelie Mauresmo has withdrawn from the $1.3 million event with a leg injury.

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Venus Williams beats Sprem to reach second round





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(10-19) 09:24 PDT ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) --

Venus Williams reached the second round of the Swisscom Challenge with a 6-2, 6-2 victory Tuesday over Karolina Sprem, who upset her in the second round at Wimbledon.

That match -- Williams' earliest exit at the All England Club since her 1997 debut -- was marred by the chair umpire's awarding of an extra point to Sprem.

Williams, the 1999 champion here, is making her fourth appearance at the indoor tournament. She's seeded seventh.

In other action Tuesday, eighth-seeded Nadia Petrova downed Lisa Raymond 6-4, 6-3, No. 9 Ai Sugiyama defeated Shinobu Asgoe 6-2, 6-3, and Paola Suarez beat Jelena Kostanic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo withdrew because of a strained thigh muscle. It's the same injury that forced Mauresmo to pull out of the final of a tournament in Filderstadt, Germany, this month. She also decided not to play at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last week.

Mauresmo's five-week stay at No. 1 in the WTA Tour rankings ended Monday, when she dropped one spot behind Lindsay Davenport.

Davenport pulled out of the Swisscom Challenge with the flu, and Serena Williams withdrew because of lingering pain in her left knee.

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Venus Spanks Sprem in Zurich

By Tennis Week
10/20/2004

Venus Williams settled the score today. The seventh-seeded Williams crushed Croatia's Karolina Sprem, 6-2, 6-2, to avenge her Wimbledon loss and surge into the second round of the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich today.


The match was a rematch of Sprem's shocking 7-6(5), 7-6(6) second-round upset of Williams at Wimbledon in in a meeting marred by a scoring error committed by chair umpire Ted Watts in the second-set tiebreak.

This time, Williams, who was sporting a new shorter hairstyle and a large glittering ring on her left hand, dressed down Sprem with deep drives from the baseline. She broke Sprem's serve twice in each set to wrap up the win in 54 minutes. Williams will play either Tatiana Golovin or Ana Ivanovic in the second round.

The stunning setback to Sprem at Wimbledon marked Williams' earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament since she fell from the second round of Wimbledon in 1997. It snapped her streak of four consecutive appearances in the Wimbledon final and marked the first time since Williams' 1999 quarterfinal loss to Steffi Graf that she succumbed to a woman other than sister Serena.

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In other results, eighth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova beat American wild card Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 6-3; ninth-seeded Ai Sugiyama was a 6-2, 6-3 victor over Shinobu Asagoe in an all-Japanese meeting; Daniela Hantuchova defeated Vera Douchevina, 6-1, 6-4; Nathalie Dechy stopped Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky, 6-1, 6-4; Alicia Molik overcame Silvia Farina Elia, 6-1, 7-6(5); Paola Suarez edged Jelena Kostanic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; and Fabiola Zuluaga handled Mary Pierce, 6-3, 6-2.

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Quotes of Venus Williams (after her victory against Ana Ivanovic)

“She (Ivanovic) played very well, she is a good player. I think I also helped her showing. She had some moments were she was a little bit frustrated but then I missed some balls and brought her back. I played well but I hadn’t the consistency I needed to clear the match to 6:1 6:2. Perhaps you think that this should be not happen to Venus. Such matches are good for me to get to the tie-break and have some practise.”

“I don’t make any changes in my game. My game is my game and I don’t change it for anybody. Definitely I analyse my opponents to know the weaknesses and the strength but I’m an aggressive player and I don’t change it to play more moon balls or to play more slice in a game. The match against Sharapova is just another match and it’s nothing special. It would be great if I would qualify for the Championship but I was so many times there that this would be normal for me. I think I have good chances to win the Championship during the next years before I retire. It would be something special in my career but at the moment it’s not the first thing in my mind.”

“I will never play again if I’m not good prepared or injured or not ready for it. In the past I did this mistakes and it ruined my game. I told Serena not to play, if she isn’t ready, but I can’t decide for her. I just told her what did happen to me as I did and I can’t do anything more.

I think it’s positive if young girls are successful and I think she has a good chance to be one of the best players. She has a good attitude but I can’t predict it because there are so many good players today.”

“It’s a good thing that we play here every day but I have to consider to visit the city I would have to come on vacation.”

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Sharapova drubs Venus in Swisscom quarterfinals


Oct. 22, 2004
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ZURICH, Switzerland -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova needed just more than an hour to defeat Venus Williams 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Swisscom Challenge on Friday.

The seventh-seeded Williams, who won the tournament in 1999, broke the 17-year-old Russian in the match's opening game. The fourth-seeded Sharapova came right back, however, breaking Williams twice on the way to taking the first set.

In the second set, Sharapova broke to lead 4-3 and held on to serve for the match at 5-4. Williams had a break opportunity but couldn't convert it, hitting Sharapova's next two serves into the net to end the match.

Sharapova's victory sets up an all-Russian semifinal, after No. 3 Elena Dementieva beat No. 9 Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.

In the remaining quarterfinals later Friday, No. 8 Nadia Petrova of Russia faces Australia's Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Molik, while home favorite and 2002 champion Patty Schnyder faces Argentina's Paola Suarez.

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