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2005 China Open

19th SEP 14:32 hrs IST Davenport ducks out of Beijing with back strain
- - Beijing: The $585,000 China Open lost one of its four all-star drawcards on Monday when second seed Lindsay Davenport pulled out with a reported lower back strain. According to the WTA Tour, the American winner of the Bali event on Sunday confirmed her withdrawal to Chinese organisers, who can still count on the top-line trio of Maria Sharapova, plus Venus and Serena Williams as headliners.

Serena Williams is already in the Chinese capital with her mother and cousin while Venus and Sharapova were participating in an exhibition match payday in Seoul before travelling--on separate planes--to Beijing.

Davenport will miss a chance this week to duel with Sharapova in hopes of retaking the number 1 ranking which she lost to the Russian teenager a week ago. The Californian, who has suffered back problems off and on in recent months and skipped much of the pre-US Open summer due to fitness problems, lifted her 49th career title in Bali as she beat Italian Francesca Schiavone.

She stands one title away from becoming the ninth woman to win 50 career singles titles, and is only the third woman to win four titles in 2005, after Kim Clijsters (seven) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (four). Her place in the draw will be taken by a lucky loser from qualifying.

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September 19 2005 at 05:54AM

Beijing - The $585 000 (about R4-million) China Open lost one of its four all-star draw cards on Monday when second seed Lindsay Davenport pulled out with a reported lower back strain.

According to the WTA Tour, the American winner of the Bali event on Sunday confirmed her withdrawal to Chinese organisers, who can still count on the top-line trio of Maria Sharapova, plus Venus and Serena Williams as headliners.

Serena Williams is already in the Chinese capital with her mother and cousin while Venus and Sharapova were participating in a Monday exhibition match payday in Seoul before travelling to Beijing.

Davenport will miss a chance of reclaiming the No 1 ranking which she lost to the Sharapova a week ago.

</SPAN>Davenport will miss a chance of reclaiming the No 1 rankingThe Californian, who has suffered with back problems off and on in recent months and skipped much of the pre-US Open summer due to fitness problems, lifted her 49th career title in Bali as she beat Italian Francesca Schiavone.

She stands one title away from becoming the ninth woman to win 50 career singles titles, and is only the third woman to win four titles in 2005, after Kim Clijsters (seven) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (four)

Her place in the draw will be taken by a lucky loser from qualifying. - Sapa-AFP

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Only top spot is good enough for me, says Serena

Beijing: Serena Williams fired a warning to Maria Sharapova on Tuesday, telling her she would only be satisfied when she had snatched her world number one ranking back from the Russian. The American backed herself to rediscover her best form and to dominate women’s tennis as she did for more than a year after seizing the top spot in mid-2002. “Just competing is no fun for me. It’s not satisfying,” Williams, ranked number nine, told reporters ahead of this week’s China Open. “I definitely feel I have the game to be number one and I would not strive for anything less or let it enter my mind.” Williams is on course to meet new world number one Sharapova in the semi-finals in Beijing.

‘Extra motivation’: Williams’s career has been disrupted by injuries over the past two years, despite winning her seventh grand slam singles title at this year’s Australian Open in January. The aura of invincibility she possessed when she won in Melbourne in 2003 to become only the fifth woman to hold all four grand slam singles titles at once no longer exists.

However, the emergence of Sharapova and the return of Belgians Kim Clijsters, the new US Open champion, and French Open winner Justine Henin-Hardenne has sharpened her hunger for the game. “It definitely gives me a lot of extra motivation to get back up there,” said Williams, who turns 24 on Monday. Venus is also in the draw along with Sharapova in a field weakened slightly by the late withdrawal of second seed Lindsay Davenport through injury. Venus, also a former world number one, was more philosophical about her own ambitions. “Quite frankly I would love to be at number one,” said the Wimbledon champion.

Beijing benefits from Williams word of mouth : Good news travels fast in the Williams household, with debutante Venus hyped up about this week’s China Open after glowing reports on the event from her 2004 defending champion sister Serena.

“It’s become a legend in our house, it’s hard to separate myth from reality about this tournament,” said treble Wimbledon winner Venus, who arrived in the Chinese capital from South Korea Tuesday and was immediately taken to the tennis site. “Serena has told me about how great it is here, I’m so excited about playing.” While neither sister can boast the top ranking at the Beijing tennis centre that honour goes to Maria Sharapova the pair seem to be benefiting from a wave of public admiration first felt by Serena when she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova for last year’s inaugural trophy. Serena, who takes the fourth seeding behind her number three elder sister, added: “It’s great to be back in Beijing. I came here last year and just had the time of my life”. “I loved the tournament, I loved the city and I loved the people. It was a long way for me to travel but the people here really made me feel welcome.”

After arriving at the weekend Venus stopped off for some top-up prize money as she won an exhibition in Seoul over Sharapova on Monday Serena and her mother Oracene were taken to the Great Wall. While Serena nipped out for a handful of publicity shots which were flashed around the world, her mum chose to stay in the car at the base of one of the world’s most iconic structures. Venus will begin play in the second round of the 585,000 dollar tournament after the bye awarded to leading seeds as she faces Spain’s Nuria Llagostera Vives, who defeated Russian Alina Jidkova 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5).

In another early first-round match on a day of occasional drizzle, Aiko Nakamura became the second Japanese player through with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Italian Flavia Pennetta. It was a good day for China, with national number one Shuei Peng pacing Tiantain Sun into the second round. Peng, ranked 33rd, gained revenge for a US Open first-round defeat three weeks ago as she crushed Finnish qualifier Emma Laine 6-1, 6-1, producing 28

Winners and ending with an ace after 64 minutes. Earlier, Sun, one-half of China’s Athens Olympic champion doubles team, reached a Wednesday match-up against holder Serena Williams, beating Russian Tatiana Panova 6-3, 6-4. American Jill Craybas handed China its only loss of a drizzly day, coming from behind to oust Na Li 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. Venus said that she is hoping to build upon the momentum she picked up by completing her Wimbledon trophy hat-trick last summer. But her pace was slowed at the US Open where she lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Kim Clijsters after beating a sluggish Serena in the fourth round. “It takes a lot of hard work to win titles,” said Venus. Thanks to the luck of the draw, if the sister act were to meet, it could only come in the Sunday final. Venus is due to open against the winner from China’s Sun Tiantian and Russian Tatiana Panova. reuters/afp

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Sun Tiantian advances at China Open tennis, Serena Williams next
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005



http://&#91;img]http://ad.ca.doubleclick...3290&#91;/img]BEIJING (AP) - China's Sun Tiantian advanced to the second round of the China Open on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Russia's Tatiana Panova.

Sun will next face American Serena Williams, who won this tournament last year.

"Playing against a player among the world top 10 is a good opportunity for me to learn from her," Sun said.

Another Chinese player, Peng Shuai, breezed past Finland's Emma Laine 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the second round.

Top seeds Venus and Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova take to the court later this week. All three have first-round byes, putting them into the second round.

World No. 2 Lindsay Davenport of the U.S. withdrew with a back strain before the tournament began.

Also Tuesday, qualifier Aiko Nakamura of Japan upset eighth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives rallied to beat Russia's Alina Jidkova 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5). Another Russian, Maria Kirilenko, eased past Jamea Jackson of the United States 7-5, 7-5, and American Jill Craybas defeated China's Li Na 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

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Williams wary of Chinese threat

The Chinese are coming, says Serena

Alastair Himmer Beijing
Wednesday September 21, 2005


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The title-holder Serena Williams will face the wild card Sun Tiantian in the second round of the China Open after the Olympic doubles champion won her opening match yesterday. The home favourite, who won the gold in Athens with Li Ting last year, beat the Russian qualifier Tatiana Panova 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.



The fourth seed Williams, along with her sister Venus and the world No1 Maria Sharapova, all received first-round byes. "People talk about the Russians and the Belgians but you've got to watch out for the Chinese next," said Serena. "They're everywhere in the locker room these days."

Sun, ranked 118 places below Serena Williams at 127th in the world, was realistic about her chances of springing a shock. "I will do what I can. You can only raise your ranking by playing against players above you," she said.

Lindsay Davenport, who was seeded second, withdrew from the tournament with a back injury after winning her 49th career title in Bali at the weekend. And the third seed Venus's draw was further simplified by the No5 seed Alicia Molik's surprise 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 defeat by Argentina's Mariana Diaz-Oliva late on Monday.

Venus, the Wimbledon champion, will now play Nuria Llagostera Vives in the second round after the Spaniard's 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 victory over Russia's Alina Jidkova. "A lot of hard work goes into winning titles," said Venus. "I'm looking forward to many more titles and I want to start in Beijing." Sharapova , looking for an 11th career title, starts against Israel's Shahar Peer or a fellow Russian Vera Douchevina.

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Ailing Serena upset by 127th-ranked player in the world





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September 22, 2005

Serena Williams was upset in the second round of the China Open in Beijing yesterday, losing to unheralded Sun Tiantian 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).

Sun, ranked 127th in the world and fourth among Chinese players, took advantage of numerous errors by Williams, who said she was bothered by an ailing left knee.

Advertisement Williams, No. 9 in the world rankings, won last year's event and is very popular in China. However, the crowd cheered as Sun pulled off a surprise victory – the first of her career against a player ranked in the top 40. Top seeds Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova had first-round byes and open play today. Also, Zheng Jie of China upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a first-round match, and Peng Shuai beat Maria Diaz-Oliva 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) in a second-round match.

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Serena Williams loses in second round of China Open



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Thursday, September 22, 2005



Serena Williams was upset in the second round of the China Open on Wednesday, losing to unheralded Sun Tiantian, 6-2, 7-6 (7).

Sun, ranked 127th in the world and fourth among Chinese players, took advantage of numerous errors by Williams, who said she was bothered by an ailing left knee. Also, Zheng Jie of China upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, in a first-round match, and Peng Shuai beat Maria Diaz-Oliva, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0), in a second-round match.

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Defending champion Serena Williams upset in opening match at China Open
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http://&#91;img]http://ad.ca.doubleclick...2282&#91;/img]BEIJING (AP) - Defending champion Serena Williams lost her opening match at the China Open on Wednesday, falling to 127th-ranked Chinese wild card Sun Tiantian by 6-2, 7-6 (7).

It's the first time 9th-ranked Williams, winner of seven Grand Slams, has lost to anyone outside the top 100 in a main draw. It was Sun's first win over anyone in the top 40. Williams hasn't reached a final since winning the Australian Open in February, and has been bothered by shoulder, ankle and knee problems.

"I would say the main reason for my loss today is my left knee," said Williams, who had a first-round bye. "I just played terrible.

"Sun played very well and was ready for the match. I'm disappointed I couldn't perform better today."

Sun startled the home crowd by jumping ahead 2-0 and easily taking the first set. In the error-filled match, Williams frequently sprayed balls long, hit drop shots short, and double-faulted. She was broken to trail 4-5 in the second set, broke Sun back in the next game, but Sun prevailed in the tiebreaker 9-7.

"Before the match I was just saying don't be nervous," said Sun, through to only her second career quarter-finals.

"I had an opportunity today and I grabbed it. I just hope I can keep improving. My goal for this year is to crack the top 100."

Williams, whose injuries forced her to miss the French Open and didn't help in her earliest defeats at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open since 1998, said she was keen to rest and recover.

"I definitely think I'm going to get well before I perform again, for sure," she said.

Sun's victory capped a great for China: wild card Zheng Jie upset No. 6-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia-Montenegro 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a first-round match, and Peng Shuai beat Maria Diaz-Oliva of Argentina 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0) in a second-round encounter.

Seventh-seeded Tatiana Golovin of France also lost, to Japan's Shinobu Asagoe 6-3, 6-4.

In other first-round action, Israel's Shahar Peer breezed past Russia's Vera Douchevina 6-2, 6-0 and will next face another Russian - world No. 1 Maria Sharapova, and Poland's Marta Domachowska cruised past Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States 6-3, 6-3.

Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld defeated Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-3, and will meet Peng in the quarter-finals.

Sharapova and third-seeded Venus Williams, after first-round byes, make their opening appearances on Thursday.

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Serena upset at China Open



Stephanie Hoo
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Sept. 21, 2005 01:00 PM

BEIJING - Serena Williams was upset in the second round of the China Open on Wednesday, losing to unheralded Sun Tiantian 6-2, 7-6 (7).

Sun, ranked 127th in the world and fourth among Chinese players, took advantage of numerous errors by Williams, who said she was bothered by an ailing left knee.

"I just played terrible," Williams said. "Sun played very well and was ready for the match. I'm disappointed I couldn't perform better today." advertisementOAS_AD('BoxAd')

Williams, No. 9 in the world rankings, won last year's event and is very popular in China. However, the crowd cheered as Sun pulled off a surprise victory - the first of her career against a player ranked in the top 40.

"Before the match I was just saying don't be nervous," said Sun, who made the quarterfinals in a tournament for the second time in her career. "I had an opportunity today and I grabbed it. I just hope I can keep improving. My goal for this year is to crack the top 100."

Sun broke Williams' serve and moved to a 2-0 lead before wrapping up the first set.

"I'm definitely disappointed," Williams said. "But there was nothing I could do out there today."

It was an error-filled match, with Williams spraying balls long, hitting drop shots short and double-faulting to fall to 4-5 in the second set. She managed to break Sun's service in the next game, but lost in the tiebreak.

"I definitely think I'm going to get well before I perform again, for sure," Williams said.

Top seeds Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova had first-round byes and open play Thursday.

Also, Zheng Jie of China upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in a first-round match, and Peng Shuai beat Maria Diaz-Oliva 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0) in a second-round match.

In other matches, Japan's Shinobu Asagoe beat Tatiana Golovin of France 6-3, 6-4; Israel's Shahar Peer topped Russia's Vera Douchevina 6-2, 6-0; Poland's Marta Domachowska defeated Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States 6-3, 6-3; and Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-3.

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Venus Williams Withdraws From China Open
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(09-23) 02:33 PDT BEIJING, China (AP) --

Venus Williams withdrew from the China Open before her quarterfinal match with Marta Domachowska on Friday because of an injured left knee.



Williams hurt her knee during her last match, a win over Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives on Thursday. After the match, Williams said she would ice and massage her leg overnight before deciding whether she could continue.



"It is a new injury," she said. "I decided to withdraw this morning."



Williams still plans to attend the WTA tournament in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, which begins Monday.



"So far, I think I will go to Guangzhou," she said.



Domachowska automatically advances to the semifinals because of Williams' withdrawal.



The China Open has been beset by injuries. Serena Williams cited an existing knee injury as a factor in her second-round defeat Wednesday to China's Sun Tiantian.



Second-ranked Lindsay Davenport withdrew before the tournament began, saying she had a lower back strain

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