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Amelia Island 2005

Venus, Davenport start down path toward quarterfinal meeting


April 5, 2005
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AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport won their second-round matches Tuesday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, and appeared headed for a showdown in the quarterfinals.

Williams overmatched Martina Sucha in 46 minutes 6-0, 6-1, and Davenport, the No. 1 player in the world, shrugged off some first-set struggles to open defense of her Bausch & Lomb title with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Kristina Brandi.

In her first win of the year on clay, Williams lost only five points in her first five service games before Sucha broke through for four consecutive points in the 12th game of the match.

"Has it been that long since I've been here?" she replied when asked about her return to the green clay-court event. "I don't know why I've been gone so long. This is the nicest time ever up here.

"In fact I told Serena, I think we should invest in a place up here. I just love it here, it's so serene."

After struggling in the first set, Davenport finished the second with nine consecutive points. She trailed love-40 in the eighth game before claiming the next five points, three of them on aces. She hit 111 and 108 mph on the final two serves to win the game, and then broke Brandi at love in the ninth game to wrap up the match.

"I feel like when I'm serving well it kind of translates to the rest of my game," Davenport said. "Tonight I felt like my baseline game wasn't 100 percent. But I was really able to serve well at crucial times. I think that probably saved me."

Williams played the match with her right thigh heavily wrapped, but attributed it to "the quick surface change. That was only my second or third day on clay yesterday when I hit quite a bit. When I woke this morning, I had a sore groin. It was nice that today's match was so quick."

Williams, ranked No. 8 in the world, said she likes the clay surface, though it forces her to be more patient than on hard surfaces.

"Balls that might be a winner on the hard court may come back at me," she said. "I've got to be more willing to move forward. These defensive shots are easier taken care of at the net than at the base line."

Davenport and Williams were among five seeded winners to win Tuesday. No. 9 seed Elena Likhovtseva beat Anna Smashnova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2; No. 12 seed Silvia Farina Elia turned back Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-2; and No. 13 Ai Sugiyama needed three sets to beat Barbora Strycova, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-1.

The only seeded player to lose a first-round match was Karolina Sprem of Croatia who dropped a three-setter to Virginia Ruano Pascual, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.


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Serena Williams Impresses in Florida, Molik Out
Wed Apr 6, 2005 09:59 PM ET


AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (Reuters) - Serena Williams made an impressive start to the clay-court season Wednesday, easing past Dally Randriantefy of Madagscar 6-3, 6-1 to reach the third round of the Amelia Island Championship.



French Open champion Anastasia Myskina recovered after a self-confessed bout of boredom to beat Israeli teen-ager Shahar Peer 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

But Australian Alicia Molik, the fourth seed, was less fortunate as she went down 6-4, 6-4 to Virginie Razzano of France.

Williams, who won her seventh grand slam title at the Australian Open in January, took time to find her feet on the clay.

Randriantefy matched the second seed in the early stages before the American broke for 4-2 in the opening set. After that, Williams was always in control.

In round three, she'll meet former champion Mary Pierce of France, who crushed Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-0, 6-2.

"I'll definitely have to play better in my next match," Williams said.

"I played (Mary) here last year and she gave me a tough time and then went on to have a great season, and a good Olympics. I know Mary's no pushover and she always plays well against the big players."

Third seed Myskina was her own worst enemy as she allowed the 17-year-old Peer, who received a wildcard into the event, back into their match.

Peer, who gave Serena Williams a tougher-than-expected test in the third round at Miami last week, looked like she would be blown away as Myskina cruised through the first set.

But as the Russian's concentration wavered, the mistakes flowed and Peer took the second set 6-3. "I played really well in the first set," said Myskina, who won her first grand slam title at Roland Garros last year.

Then I got a little bored because everything was going so well, and I was thinking 'When is this match going to finish?' Then I was 4-0 down in five minutes and it was hard to come back."


She added: "But in the third set I started playing a little bit smarter."

Myskina next plays 15th seed Shinobu Asagoe of Japan.

Molik, who reached her first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open in January, made too many unforced errors in her match with Razzano, who had won just two matches in 2005 before arriving at Amelia Island.

The 21-year-old, ranked number 54, took full advantage to seal her second victory over a top-10 player.

"I think it's one of those matches where, if I'd executed my shots, the match would have been mine," Molik said.

"Virginie played really well but I had some chances and just didn't make the shots at critical times."

Sixth seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia scraped past Peng Shuai of China 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 on her fourth match point. Another Russian, ninth seed Elena Likhovtseva, edged out Argentine Gisela Dulko in three sets. Eighth seed Patty Schnyder from Switzerland, Serbian Jelena Jankovic, the 11th seed, and number 12 Silvia Farina Elia of Italy were among the other players to advance.

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Top-ranked Davenport, fourth seed Venus advance with ease

Thu Apr 14, 2:42 AM ET






CHARLESTON, United States (AFP) - World number one Lindsay Davenport and fourth seed Venus Williams advanced with ease at the WTA Family Circle Cup but Russian third seed Anastasia Myskina was ousted.




Davenport eliminated Canadian qualifier Marie-Eve Pelletier 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) at the 1.3 million-dollar clay court event. The 28-year-old American has won two titles in 2004, including her 47th career crown last week at Amelia Island.



Davenport, 25-3 this season, plays for a quarter-final berth Thursday against Ukrainian qualifier Viktoriya Kutuzova, who eliminated Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open tuneup event.



Defending champion Williams fired 31 winners to bounce Czech Denisa Chladkova 7-6 (7/1), 6-2. The American will next meet France's Tatiana Golovin in a third-round match.



Anastasia Myskina's slump continued as Czech Nicole Vaidisova defeated the third seed 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, dropping Myskina to 8-8 for the year after a 55-18 season last year.



Vaidisova next faces Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, who advanced in a walkover due to a lower back injury to American Meghann Shaughnessy.



Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne outlasted China's Shuai Peng 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to also reach the round of 16. Henin-Hardenne next faces Czech Iveta Benesova with a potential quarter-final spot opposite American Davenport awaiting her.



Second seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, who advanced Tuesday, will next face Nuria Llagostera Vives after the Spaniard defeated France's Mary Pierce 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).




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Venus advance with ease
From correspondents in Charleston, South Carolina
April 14, 2005

FOURTH seed Venus Williams advanced with ease at the WTA Family Circle Cup today as she continues her defence of the crown.

Defending champion Williams fired 31 winners to bounce Czech Denisa Chladkova 7-6 6-2. The American will next meet France's Tatiana Golovin in a third-round match.

Anastasia Myskina's slump continued, however, as Czech Nicole Vaidisova defeated the third seed 6-3 5-7, 6-4, dropping Myskina to 8-8 for the year after a 55-18 season last year.

Vaidisova next faces Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, who advanced in a walkover due to a lower back injury to American Meghann Shaughnessy.

Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne outlasted China's Shuai Peng 6-2 4-6 6-4 to also reach the round of 16. Henin-Hardenne next faces Czech Iveta Benesova with a potential quarter-final spot opposite American Davenport awaiting her. Second seed Elena Dementieva of Russia will next face Nuria Llagostera Vives after the Spaniard defeated France's Mary Pierce 6-4, 7-6.

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