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Generali Ladies Linz 2004

Serena Williams ready to challenge Mauresmo and Myskina for Linz title
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LINZ, Austria (AP) - Former world No.1 Serena Williams will challenge Amelie Mauresmo and Anastasia Myskina for the title at the US$585,000 (?483,254) Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, the U.S. star said Sunday.

"I have come here to win," Williams said on her arrival at Linz airport for the tournament, which begins Monday.
Williams, 23, called herself a "crossover celebrity, including being an actress, a fashion designer, a model and an athlete."

She is aiming for her 26th WTA title in the Austrian town and hoping to add to her 2004 victories in Miami, Florida, and Beijing.

Williams is seeded third behind Mauresmo and Myskina.

While Myskina had long signed on for Linz, world No.2 Mauresmo only faxed her application one minute from the deadline.

"I decided Linz was a good option to catch up on Lindsay," said Mauresmo, who was given a wild card to try and close the gap of 152 points to world No.1 Lindsay Davenport of the United States.

Russian duo Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova follow Mauresmo, Myskina and Williams in the seedings, while defending champion Ai Sugiyama of Japan is seeded 6th.

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Serena flies to Austria in desperate search for points
Mon 25 October, 2004 12:08



By Robert Woodward

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Desperate to salvage a major title from a disappointing 2004, Serena Williams has flown to Austria to earn points for the end-of-season WTA Championships.

With two weeks of the regular season remaining, Serena and her older sister Venus are in danger of missing out on the eight-woman Championships in Los Angeles for the second year running.

In 2003 injury was the sole reason for the former world number ones' absences. This year, the sisters' inability to stem the Russian tsunami sweeping through women's tennis is why Serena has decided at the last minute to play in Linz this week.

Serena, ranked eighth in the race for the WTA Championships, told Linz organisers seven days ago she wanted to play in the 32-strong singles tournament.

But, stung by her withdrawal from the Linz event in 2003 and 2002, the organisers told her she would have to be on the waiting list like everyone else.

Israel's Anna Smashnova pulled out last week to create space for Williams in the draw but organisers were still not convinced Serena would turn up.

"I'll believe it only when she comes out of the aircraft and steps on Linz soil," said tournament director Sandra Reichel.

Reichel was there to meet Serena off the plane on Sunday morning. The 23-year-old, seeded second behind Amelie Mauresmo of France, has a bye in the first round and is likely to meet a qualifier in the last 16.

Mauresmo, who became the first French player to be ranked number one this year, has already qualified for Los Angeles along with American Lindsay Davenport and three Russians - Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva.

They are almost certain to be joined in the field for the November 10-15 championships -- where the singles winner will earn $1 million -- by another compatriot, Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova, bidding for her third title in three weeks, outplayed Venus in the quarter-finals in Zurich before her shock loss in Sunday's final to Australian Alicia Molik.

The Russian 17-year-old is seventh in the rankings and is taking this week off before contesting the Philadelphia Championship, the final regular season tournament.

Venus, ninth in the rankings for the WTA championships, Serena and fellow American Jennifer Capriati, 10th, will also be in Philadelphia.

Justine Henin-Hardenne is sixth in the Championships ranking but the Belgian will not play again this year due to exhaustion.

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Serena Blames Headache for Linz Upset


Serena Williams Blames Headache for Upset in Second Round of Generali Ladies Open

Serena Williams from the United States receives treatment for a headache during her first round match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, against Russia's Alina Jidkova. Jidkova won the match with 7-6 (5), 6-3. (AP Photo/RUBRA)


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LINZ, Austria Oct 27, 2004
Serena Williams blamed a headache for her poor play in a 7-6 (5), 6-3 upset loss to qualifier Alina Jidkova in the second round of the Generali Ladies Open.

The third-seeded Williams, who got a first-round bye, made 29 unforced errors. She hadn't played in a month because of lingering pain in her left knee.

"My knee was pretty OK, but I suffered from a bad headache," Williams said. "I am really disappointed, but I felt really dizzy and was lacking energy." The six-time major champion was given pain killers by a trainer after falling behind 3-1 in the second set. Williams said the medicine helped her head but slowed her reaction time and made her feel tired.




Jidkova, a 25-year-old Russian, never has won a WTA Tour title and she had lost five straight main-draw matches coming into this tournament.

"It feels so great to have beaten Serena. I was trying to watch the ball and forget whom I am facing," said the 73rd-ranked Jidkova, who's lost seven straight first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.

Asked whether she thought Williams was not at her best, Jidkova said: "What do you mean, 'She was not fit'? She was hitting great, and I don't think she had any pains."

The stunning setback hurt Williams' chances of qualifying for the season-ending tour championship in Los Angeles next month. She didn't sound too upset about that, saying that if she doesn't make the field, "I will go on vacation instead."

Jidkova will now take on ninth-seeded Elena Bovina of Russia, who beat Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-1.

Fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia also made it to the quarterfinals, defeating Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. Petrova, a 2003 Linz finalist, wasted a 5-2 lead and a match point in the second dry. Also, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro eliminated seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-2.

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Tennis: Unwell Serena loses to Russia's Jidkova
Thursday, October 28, 2004 (Linz):

The USA's Serena Williams suffered a shock exit in the second round of the Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria on Wednesday at the hands of Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova.

Williams appeared unwell throughout the match as Jidkova won 7-6 (5), 6-3.

At times the former world number one seemed barely able to lift her racket and, despite calling the trainer on to treat her in the second set, she still went down to a comprehensive defeat.

Serena Williams pulled out of events in Filderstadt and Zurich in recent weeks due to a knee injury.

But on Wednesday she was able to take up her place at the Generali Ladies Open in the Swiss town of Linz, for a second round match against Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova having received a bye in round one.

It turned out to be a miserable day for the former world number one, however, as despite being untroubled by her knee, she appeared to be unwell for much of the match, and in particular the second set.

The pair exchanged breaks in the first set, with Williams at that point displaying a fair amount of her trademark aggression - although there were more unforced errors than we have become accustomed to, and she was continually touching and rubbing her neck after points.

A tie-break ensued, which Jidkova edged 7-5 - the unseeded Russian displaying fine defensive play to grind down her opponent.

Jidkova, a 2004 semi-finalist at Vancouver, broke Williams again in the first game of the following set and was leading 3-1 when the American requested a treatment break.

Williams was tended to by the court doctor and given painkillers after complaining of a headache.

She claimed later that the medication helped ease the headache, but also slowed her reaction time and made her tired - and at times she seemed almost incapable of lifting her racket, let alone running for the ball.

Jidkova duly wrapped up victory in one and a half hours, 7-6 6-2 - undoubtedly the greatest win so far in the career of the 27-year-old, who is ranked 11th in her home country.

Williams, meanwhile, is struggling to book her spot at the prestigious season-ending WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles on November 8th. (AP)

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Serena Williams from the United States returns the ball to Russia's Alina Jidkova, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, during their first round match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria

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Serena Williams from the United States receives treatment for a headache during her first round match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, against Russia's Alina Jidkova. Jidkova won the match with 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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Serena Williams from the United States, leaves the center court after her first round match at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament in Linz, Austria, against Russia's Alina Jidkova, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004. Jidkova won the match with 7-6 (5), 6-3.

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Serena Williams of the USA (R) leaves the tennis court after losing her second round match against Alina Jidkova (L) of Russia in the Linz WTA tournament October 27, 2004. Jidkova won 7-6 6-2.

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LINZ, Austria: Serena Williams chats with representatives of Generali and Raiffeisenlandesbank, the main sponsors of the event.

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