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Venus Williams, Roddick Drop in Rankings
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006






(07-11) 05:13 PDT WIMBLEDON, England (AP) --

Venus Williams dropped out of the WTA Tour's top 20, and Andy Roddick slid out of the ATP Tour's top 10 in Monday's rankings after both fell short of past performances at Wimbledon.



Roger Federer's fourth consecutive Wimbledon title allowed him to stay at No. 1, but No. 2 Rafael Nadal closed the gap by reaching his first final at the All England Club.



The first five spots in the women's rankings didn't change: Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo remained at No. 1, followed by semifinalist Kim Clijsters, runner-up Justine Henin-Hardenne, semifinalist Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova.



Both Williams and Roddick have been ranked No. 1 in the past.



Williams was the defending champion at the All England Club but was upset in the third round by Jelena Jankovic, sending the American from No. 12 to No. 23. Williams also won Wimbledon in 2000 and 2001, and reached the final in 2002 and 2003, losing to younger sister Serena each time.



Serena Williams, also once ranked No. 1, skipped this Wimbledon with a left knee injury that's kept her off the tour most of the year, and she's now ranked 140th.



Roddick, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2004 and 2005, was knocked out in the third round this time, a straight-sets loser to Andy Murray. Roddick's ranking went from fifth to 11th, his first time out of the top 10 since the start of 2003.



Federer and Nadal were followed by David Nalbandian, Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko, James Blake, Mario Ancic and Radek Stepanek, who rose five spots to a career-high No. 8 by reaching the quarterfinals last week.



Davydenko, Blake and Ancic also are at their highest rankings.



Tommy Robredo is ninth, and Marcos Baghdatis — the only player from Cyprus ever to compete at a Grand Slam tournament — moved up six places to No. 10, his best ranking, thanks to his run to the semifinals.



Wimbledon quarterfinalist Elena Dementieva jumped two spots to No. 6. French Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova, Patty Schnyder, Mary Pierce and former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport round out the top 10.


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Posted on Sun, Jul. 16, 2006


Pressure squarely on Americans as Open Series begins

By Charles Bricker

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The headlines on the USTA public relations release blared the news:

The U.S. Open Series starts Monday . . . $30 million in prize money . . . $1 million in bonus money for the U.S. Open winners . . . instant replay with electronic line calling . . . HDTV broadcasts . . . six weeks and 10 tournaments.

All that and ESPN2 flip-flopping back and forth between men's and women's matches taking place in different venues. Is this finally strapping the whole tennis landscape together so fans can make sense of it, or what?

It should create a wonderful July and August for tennis watchers, but, in truth, these coming weeks are primarily about two major issues - the near-bankruptcy of American tennis and Andre Agassi mounting up for his trot into the sunset.

After flunking out at the French Open and Wimbledon, both American men and women players have never been under this much pressure to perform.

Paris was more or less expected. American men seldom play brilliantly on clay and Serena Williams, a past winner at Roland Garros, was recovering from a knee injury.

But Wimbledon was the final insult, or at least until the U.S. Open. No American for the first time since 1911 made the quarterfinals in London, and who knows how deep the anxiety is at the USTA with the thought of an American washout in New York.

The prescient, if not politically correct, words of former USTA President Harry Marmion are easily called to mind. ``I'm not looking forward to the day ... when we have an Armenian and a Lithuanian in the U.S. Open final,'' he said in 1997 as he called for a renewed effort to find young American stars.

If there is any good news at the onset of this third U.S. Open Series, it is that Williams, who hasn't played since losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the third round of the Australian Open the first week in February, is scheduled to play the non-series event in Cincinnati, which begins today.

She's going to be dripping rust, perhaps even gasping a bit during this warm summer season. But she's signed to play San Diego and Los Angeles and her hope is that three tournaments will give her the toughness to play well at the Open.

On the men's side, Agassi's intention to slip into retirement after the U.S. Open is a very big piece of news that is going to be depreciated a bit by the failure of the American men in Paris and London.

There is going to be a great deal of attention fixed on James Blake, currently at No. 6, and No. 11 Andy Roddick and No. 17 Robby Ginepri.

With three players in the top 20 one might well ask, it might seem as though there is no crisis, but Roddick is out of the top 10 for the first time since 2002 and Ginepri is holding at 17 only because he has had very few points to defend since the start of the season. He's 6-16 this year.

Roddick, with a very high 605 points to defend during the U.S. Open Series, has outlined an aggressive schedule as he tries to find the game that took him to the top. He'll play Indianapolis, Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati.

Blake put the best face he could on his third-round loss to Max Mirnyi (6-0 in the fifth) at Wimbledon, but he admitted he was disappointed. He's checked in on five tournaments Indianapolis, Washington, Toronto, Cincinnati and New Haven, which seems like a lot. He's playing New Haven, the week before the Open, in part because he has family and friends in Connecticut.

Perhaps no American is playing better now than No. 70 Mardy Fish, who has come back with a high sense of commitment following double wrist surgery in 2005. He was playing well at Wimbledon when he was felled by a five-day flu virus and retired in the third round against Irakli Labadze.

It is surprising, given the fragility of his body, that Agassi has decided to play four tournaments going into the Open: Los Angeles, Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati. He is trying to find a balance between not playing too much so that he is fresh in New York and playing so much he is reinjured.

If there is an x factor it's Lindsay Davenport, a former U.S. Open winner who seems closer to retirement than ever after missing most of this season with another back injury. She's scheduled into Stanford and San Diego, but that doesn't mean she'll be fit enough to play.

Men's No. 1 Roger Federer is taking a month off after winning Wimbledon and will reappear at Toronto and Cincinnati, where No. 2 Rafael Nadal also will play. That could produce two more Federer-Nadal matches.

Women's Wimbledon winner Amelie Mauresmo will play only two tournaments during the Series Montreal and New Haven.

Points are awarded to top finishers at each of the U.S. Open Series tournaments and the overall winners can double their prize money from the U.S. Open.

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Clijsters' path isn't that easy

Davenport, Venus Williams out, though

- Maggie Thach, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 18, 2006




Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams would have posed big threats to Kim Clijsters' title as the defending champion of the Bank of the West Classic. The three have combined to win the last eight titles. But with Davenport still recovering from a back injury that kept her out of the French Open and Wimbledon, and Williams not registering, Clijsters remains the only one of the trio who can add another title to her resume.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Tier II event, will be held at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium beginning Monday. Qualifying rounds will start Saturday.

Even though Davenport and Williams are out, Clijsters still will have to worry about the five other top-20 players in the tournament: Patty Schnyder, Nicole Vaidisova, Anna-Lena Groenfeld, Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

Schnyder, 27, reached the second round at Wimbledon, and Sugiyama, 31, played in the Bank of the West Classic final in 1995. Vaidisova, Groenfeld and Hantuchova, all under 23, represent the younger generation of the sport.

Jelena Jankovic, who stands at No. 27, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating defending champion Williams earlier this year.

Along with bringing different playing styles to the tournament, some of the players bring a different crowd, tournament director Adam Barrett said.

"If people watch early on and catch (Nicole) Vaidisova, they'll see the future of tennis. She's like the next Maria Sharapova: pretty, tall, athletic, powerful. She's going to draw a liking," Barrett said. "I would expect a large following for Sania Mirza. She's the most successful player to come out of India. It's a harder sell because the names aren't recognizable, but what's important is the future of the sport."

The Bank of the West Classic is the first stop of five tours en route to the U.S. Open. Players in the tournament have an opportunity to earn bonus money by virtue of their performances at each of the five tours.

"Any event that has crowd support and title sponsors, the players are going to enjoy coming to," Barrett said. "They enjoy top-level tennis at a top-level facility. That's what we have here. Kim may be the No. 2 seed but this won't be a walk-through for her. The competition level is extremely high."

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Serena Williams will need wild card for U.S. Open
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Two-time winner Serena Williams has entered the U.S. Open, but will need a wild-card spot for the main draw because she is ranked 139th.


Williams, the U.S. Open winner in 1999 and 2002, had been sidelined with a left knee injury for six months. She made her comeback this week at an Ohio tournament.

If necessary, the USTA said it will give her a wild-card spot. Williams will be one of a record seven former champions in the field, joining sister Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis.

The U.S. Open is Aug. 28-Sept. 10 in New York.
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Posted on Sat, Jul. 22, 2006



Venus Williams gives Freedoms, and the fans, a lift

By Ray Parrillo

Inquirer Staff Writer

The public-address announcer at Cabrini College for last night's World Team Tennis match between the Freedoms and the Delaware Smash was dutifully explaining its significance to the spectators.

Basically, he said, the Freedoms desperately needed a win to keep from seriously jeopardizing their chance to make the playoffs. So, make some noise.

The sellout crowd was making noise, all right, but it could be excused for not paying much attention to the task at hand. It was too busy saluting Venus Williams, who made her lone home appearance for the Freedoms this year.

"I was supposed to play here last year, but I didn't make it," Williams said before the match, when she was being tugged in several directions at once, signing autographs on oversize tennis balls and posing for photographs with wide-eyed youngsters. "So it's nice to be back. Hopefully, I'll play some good tennis."

Williams graciously answered questions from two boys who won a broadcasting contest - Shaquille Vaughn, 13, from Philadelphia, and Dylan Kady, 14, from Langhorne.

For the crowd, the caliber of tennis the 26-year-old played seemed secondary to watching her in an intimate setting, something Williams said she enjoys about the team-tennis format.

"I love it," she said. "It's a great opportunity to have some fun on the court. Not that I don't enjoy myself when I'm playing on the tour, but this is an opportunity to really relax and feel the fans, enjoy the team... . It's an awesome format that really works for the players and the fans."

Williams teamed with Daniel Nestor of Canada in a 5-3 win in mixed doubles, helping the Freedoms take a 10-7 lead by winning both her serves. Even though she struggled with her first serve, Williams defeated Angela Haynes, 5-1, in their singles match.

The Freedoms (6-4) went on to a 23-16 victory to pull within a half-game of the second-place Smash (7-4) in the Eastern Conference with four matches to play. The top two teams in each conference make the playoffs.

Although Williams' play was uneven, she clearly was enjoying herself, smiling at the crowd, bobbing her head to the music that's played between points.

After her third-round loss to Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon, Williams, who has won five grand-slam titles, dropped to No. 23 in the WTA Tour rankings.

"Have I?" she said nonchalantly. "I hadn't dropped out of the top 20 in a long time. I had a lot of points wrapped up in Wimbledon, and not having played a lot of tournaments, so, it's really all about tournament play."

Her critics suspect that Williams doesn't have enough commitment to the game to dominate the way they believe she should, the way she has in the past. Too many outside interests, they say. Williams started an interior design company, and she and her sister, Serena, had a reality television show that was canceled.

But Venus has taken nosedives in the rankings before only to rise again, and she said she's easing back into the game after Wimbledon, presumably with an eye toward the U.S. Open in September.

"I'm just getting back into the swing of things," she said.
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