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2007 Acura Classic

Venus joins other stars at Acura Classic


By Jerry Magee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

July 12, 2007

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has entered the Acura Classic, joining sister Serena, at least for now, in an event at the La Costa Resort and Spa that Venus has won the last three times she has played in it.

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Earlier, Serena committed to playing in the $1.34 million Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournament scheduled July 28-Aug. 5, but the thumb injury Serena suffered at Wimbledon would seem to make her participation at La Costa questionable. Venus triumphed at the Acura in 2000, 2001 and 2002, defeating Monica Seles in the finals the first two years, then Jelena Dokic. In 2002, she was presented the tournament's Loyalty Award in recognition of having begun to compete at La Costa in 1995.
“It's been a few years since I've played in San Diego, and I am proud to have won the tournament the last three times I played it,” Venus told tournament officials. “In some way, I feel like I'm returning as defending champion.”
Maria Sharapova won the event in 2006.
“I know this will be the last year for the Acura Classic, and I'd love to win for the fourth time and go down in the books as the tournament's final champion,” Venus said.
Raquel Giscafre, an officer of Promotion Sports Inc., which operates the Acura, welcomed Venus' entry.
“Venus is a huge San Diego favorite, both for our fans and for everyone who has been involved with the tournament over the years,” Giscafre said. . . . “For her to be returning after such an amazing performance at Wimbledon makes it all the more exciting.”
Her conquest of Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon final moved Venus back into the top 20 on the women's tour for the first time in a year. She advanced from No. 23 in the rankings to No. 17.
At La Costa, Venus will be joining an array of stars that includes eight of the 10 top-ranked players – Justine Henin (No. 1), Sharapova (No. 2), Jelena Jankovic (No. 3), Ana Ivanovic (No. 6), Serena Williams (No. 7), Anna Chakvetadze (No. 8), Nadia Petrova (No. 9) and Nicole Vaidisova (No. 10).





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I'm so glad she is finally focusing on Tier I events! Ranking Points!

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Venus maintains form in San DiegoPosted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 06:46

Venus Williams continued her Wimbledon-winning form by thrashing Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-0 in the first round of the San Diego Classic on Monday.
Playing her first WTA tournament since claiming her fourth Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets defeat of France's Marion Bartoli, Williams looked fresh and powerful in polishing off the outclassed Russian.
Not only was her vaunted backhand smooth but she also punished her opponent with hard forehands.
"I was going for a lot," Williams told reporters.
"I just felt really aggressive, like I want to get the ball, move forward and go for it. My forehand has improved the most this year.
"I just don't think about it and I hit it."
After an injury-riddled 2006 and shaky start to this season, Williams found her feet in London, thrashing three top-10 players -- Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic -- before beating Bartoli. Now ranked number 16, the 27-year-old Williams is hoping to emulate the form she showed in 2000 and 2001, when she won back-to-back Wimbledon and US Open titles.
"I'm the anti-Venus," she said.
"I finally have two legs to stand on. I'm playing a lot of matches. I don't want to be injured any more and have to work so hard to be where I want to be.
"I'm at a really wonderful place in my game where I can stay there and keep getting better."
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Williams won the San Diego Classic three times in a row from 2000 and says that she has matured to the point where she can take it easy on herself mentally.
"I'm much calmer now," she said. "I feel calm when I'm down and when I'm up and feel pretty even-keeled."
All the seeds that competed on the day got through.
Ninth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva rebounded from an erratic second set to defeat Catalina Castano 6-4 3-6 6-1.
Number 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who was horrified by her poor play at Stanford last week, turned things around and defeated American Jamea Jackson 6-2 6-1.
Number 14 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine out-fought China's Peng Shuai 3-6 6-3 6-4 and 13th seed Tatiana Golovin of France overcame Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-1 2-6 6-2
Williams and Vania King were the only Americans to post wins as Jackson, Jill Craybas, Laura Granville, Coco Vandeweghe and Brittany Augustine all lost.
On Tuesday, second seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia will face King, who defeated compatriot Asia Muhammed 7-6 6-0, while fourth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia will go up against compatriot Elena Bovina. Bartoli, the fifth seed, will also be in action against Japan's Akiko Nakamura, while seventh seed Martina Hingis of Switzerland will go up against Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands. Top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova starts her campaign on Wednesday.



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Venus breezes into R2 at Acura Classic
By: Tom
Date: July 30, 2007, 11:28pm

SAN DIEGO (TICKER) -- Venus Williams was an easy winner Monday at the $1,340,000 Acura Classic.
The 10th-seeded Williams, who recently won her fourth Wimbledon title, overpowered Russia's Anastasia Rodionova, 6-3, 6-0, in her opening-round match.

Needing just 50 minutes to dispatch the Russian, Williams never faced a break point in the match.

Williams, 27, is a three-time winner of this hardcourt event, having taken home the title three straight years from 2000 through 2002. But the American has not participated here since her last triumph five years ago.

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Serena, Ivanovic pull out of San Diego event

Thu 26 Jul 2007, 6:05 GMT

By Matthew Cronin
STANFORD, California (Reuters) - Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic have become the latest leading players to withdraw from next week's tournament in San Diego, the WTA Tour announced on Wednesday.
It was the fourth successive pullout for world number eight Williams, who injured her left thumb in the fourth-round victory over Daniela Hantuchova at Wimbledon earlier this month.

The American fell in the quarter-finals to top-ranked Justine Henin of Belgium, who withdrew from the San Diego Classic last week with a wrist injury.
Since Wimbledon, the eight-times grand slam champion Williams has pulled out of the Fed Cup semi-final against Russia and tournaments in Cincinnati, Stanford and now San Diego.
The fifth ranked Ivanovic, who reached final of the French Open and semi-finals of Wimbledon, is struggling with a left knee injury. The Serbian also pulled out of this week's Stanford Classic in California.
The San Diego Classic, which will be played for the last time this year, still features world number two Maria Sharapova, number three Jelena Jankovic and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.

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Venus makes a winning return


Bhupathi-Henman duo advances with an easy win



CARLSBAD: Wimbledon champion Venus Williams returned to the WTA San Diego Classic tennis for the first time in five years on Monday, picking up from where she left off with a victory.
The 10th seed, who dominated the event from 2000 through 2002 with three trophies on the trot, began her eighth campaign with a 6-3, 6-0 first-round victory over Russian Anastasia Rodionova in just 50 minutes.
Williams was on court for the first time since winning two rubbers in a losing US effort this month in Fed Cup against Russia in Vermont the week after earning her fourth Wimbledon crown.
“I’ve never stopped playing since Wimbledon. I’m healthy and everything is working well in my game,” Williams said.
“I went for my shots a lot and tried to stay aggressive. I feel great going into the summer. When I’m healthy I can keep on building my game. I’m thrilled.”
The fiery Rodionova was on best behaviour after being fined $5,000 as she became only the second woman to be defaulted in WTA history.
Williams earned her 15th victory in succession at the event, being played for the last year after a WTA calendar shake-up. She stands 26-4 at the tournament.
“It’s good to be back,” said the only Williams sister in the field, her younger sibling Serena sidelined by a thumb injury sustained at Wimbledon.
Thai veteran advances

Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn lined up as a second-round opponent for top-seeded holder Maria Sharapova, booking her place over American Laura Granville 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Second-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic will start against Vania King, who beat fellow American youngster Asia Muhammed 7-6(2), 6-0.
Seventh seed Martina Hingis, testing a back injury which led to an early Wimbledon loss, will face off in the second round after a bye against Michaella Krajicek.
Elena Dementieva joined Williams as a winner as she took out Catalina Castano 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 while Patty Schnyder beat Jamea Jackson 6-2, 6-1.
Sweden’s Thomas Johansson and Russian Igor Kunitsyn took the long way into the second round of the Legg Mason Classic with marathon three-set triumphs in Washington on Monday.
Johansson booked a second-round date on Wednesday with defending champion and fourth seed Arnaud Clement of France by defeating Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-4, after two hours and 40 minutes.
Colombia’s Alejandro Falla beat American Robert Kendrick 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
In doubles action, Mahesh Bhupathi and Tim Henman advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Hyung-taik Lee and his partner Michael Russell.
The results (all first round): </B>
At Washington (Legg Mason Classic): Alejandro Falla bt Robert Kendrick 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; Robin Haase bt Alex Bogdanovic 6-4, 6-2; Evgeny Korolev bt Ricardo Mello 6-4, 6-4; Paul Capdeville bt Ilija Bozoljac 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Igor Kunitsyn bt Sebastien Grosjean 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3; Thomas Johansson bt Santiago Giraldo 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-4; Martin Klizan bt Konstantinos Economidis 6-4, 6-3; Jan Hernych bt Nathan Healey 6-3, 1-1 retired.</EM>
At Sopot (Prokom Open): Mariano Zabaleta bt Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5; Albert Montanes bt Diego Hartfield 6-1, 6-3; Jose Acasuso bt Werner Eschauer 6-2, 6-3; Michal Przysiezny bt Filippo Volandri 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Sergio Roitman bt Juan-Ignacio Chela 6-1, 6-2; Florian Mayer bt Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-3; Stefan Koubek bt Agustin Calleri 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
At Carlsbad (San Diego Classic): Tatiana Golovin bt Gisela Dulko 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Maria Kirilenko bt Hana Sromova 6-1, 6-2, Venus Williams bt Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-0; Tamarine Tanasugarn bt Laura Granville 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Eleni Danii lidou bt Jill Craybas 6-4, 6-4; Camille Pin bt Tatiana Poutchek 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Anne Kremer bt Akiko Morigami 5-7, 6-4, 6-2; Patty Schnyder bt Jamea Jackson 6-2, 6-1; Michaella Krajicek bt Yuliana Fedak 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-2; Elena Dementieva bt Catalina Castano 6-4, 3-6, 6-1; Angelique Kerber bt Brittany Augustine 6-0, 6-1; Aiko Nakamura bt Milagros Sequera 7-5, 0-0 retired; Alona Bondarenko bt Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Vania King bt Asia Muhammed 7-6(2), 6-0; Elena Bovina bt Coco Vandeweghe 6-3; 7-5.</EM>
At Stockholm (Nordic Light Open): </B>Youlia Fedossova bt Kaia Kanepi 7-6(10), 3-6, 6-3; Julia Goerges bt Maria Elena Camerin 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-4; Dominika Cibulkova bt Ksenia Milevskaya 5-7, 6-0, 6-3; Marta Domachowska bt Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. — Agencies
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Venus Williams continued her Wimbledon-winning form with a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Anastasia Rodionova in the first round of the San Diego Classic on Monday.
The tenth seed, who dominated the event with three trophies in succession from 2000 to 2002, completed the win in just 50 minutes.
Williams was on court for the first time since winning two rubbers in a losing US effort in the Fed Cup semi-final against Russia in the week after earning her fourth Wimbledon crown.
"I've never stopped playing since Wimbledon," Williams said. "I'm healthy and everything is working well in my game. I went for my shots a lot and tried to stay aggressive. I feel great going into the summer. When I'm healthy I can keep on building my game. I'm thrilled.
"It's good to be back. I won here three times in a row, but then I couldn't come back. I love playing in California in the summer because I'm from here."
The fiery Rodionova was on her best behavior after being fined $5,000 earlier this month after hitting a ball into the crowd during the Cincinnati Open. She became only the second woman to be defaulted in WTA history.
Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn lined up as a second-round opponent for top seeded holder Maria Sharapova, after beating American Laura Granville 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Second-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic will start against America's Vania King and seventh seed Martina Hingis, testing a back injury which led to an early Wimbledon loss, will play Michaella Krajicek after a first-round bye.
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Venus maintains Wimbledon form in San Diego opener
By Matthew Cronin
SAN DIEGO, California, July 30, (Reuters) - Venus Williams continued her Wimbledon-winning form by thrashing Anastasia Rodionova 6-3 6-0 in the first round of the San Diego Classic on Monday.
Playing her first WTA tournament since claiming her fourth Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets defeat of France's Marion Bartoli, Williams looked fresh and powerful in polishing off the outclassed Russian.
Not only was her vaunted backhand smooth but she also punished her opponent with hard forehands.
"I was going for a lot," Williams told reporters.
"I just felt really aggressive, like I want to get the ball, move forward and go for it. My forehand has improved the most this year.
"I just don't think about it and I hit it."
After an injury-riddled 2006 and shaky start to this season, Williams found her feet in London, thrashing three top-10 players -- Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic -- before beating Bartoli.
Now ranked number 16, the 27-year-old Williams is hoping to emulate the form she showed in 2000 and 2001, when she won back-to-back Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.
"I'm the anti-Venus," she said.
"I finally have two legs to stand on. I'm playing a lot of matches. I don't want to be injured any more and have to work so hard to be where I want to be.
"I'm at a really wonderful place in my game where I can stay there and keep getting better."
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Williams won the San Diego Classic three times in a row from 2000 and says that she has matured to the point where she can take it easy on herself mentally.
"I'm much calmer now," she said. "I feel calm when I'm down and when I'm up and feel pretty even-keeled."
All the seeds that competed on the day got through.
Ninth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva rebounded from an erratic second set to defeat Catalina Castano 6-4 3-6 6-1.
Number 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who was horrified by her poor play at Stanford last week, turned things around and defeated American Jamea Jackson 6-2 6-1.
Number 14 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine out-fought China's Peng Shuai 3-6 6-3 6-4 and 13th seed Tatiana Golovin of France overcame Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-1 2-6 6-2
Williams and Vania King were the only Americans to post wins as Jackson, Jill Craybas, Laura Granville, Coco Vandeweghe and Brittany Augustine all lost.
On Tuesday, second seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia will face King, who defeated compatriot Asia Muhammed 7-6 6-0, while fourth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia will go up against compatriot Elena Bovina.
Bartoli, the fifth seed, will also be in action against Japan's Akiko Nakamura, while seventh seed Martina Hingis of Switzerland will go up against Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands.
Top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova starts her campaign on Wednesday.

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Sharapova, Williams stay on a collision course

A meeting in Saturday's semifinals appears inevitable with both earning easy second-round victories with their 'A' games.
By Bill Dwyre
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

August 2, 2007

CARLSBAD -- If you are a tennis fan within driving range of the La Costa Resort, you might consider checking your availability for Saturday afternoon. Got a ticket broker? Call him.

Barring something unforeseen, like television worshiping even more at the altar of Barry Bonds, the schedule for the semifinals of the Acura Classic will have Venus Williams playing Maria Sharapova.

If the results of Wednesday's matches involving these two is any indication, plus the manner in which those results were achieved, this is one not to be missed.

Certainly, hamstrings pull and shoulder muscles tear. And certainly these two have played before, often on bigger stages than a Tier I WTA Tour event. But after Williams handled Virginia Razzano of France, 6-2, 6-4, and Sharapova did the same to Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand, 6-1, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at the Acura started to look like something special.

Williams, of course, just won Wimbledon. She also has won here three times in a row, starting in 2000, and hasn't been back since. That puts her winning streak on center court here at 17 matches.

Sharapova won last year's U.S. Open, to go with her 2004 Wimbledon title. Leading up to that U.S. Open title, she won here, going through the field without losing a set.

The history is there. So are the reputations.

The new elements appear to be the level at which each is playing. If there are injuries nagging, or personal distractions intruding, it certainly hasn't shown yet.

Williams batted the veteran Razzano around at will, hitting huge ground strokes when needed and serving her way out of trouble whenever it lurked.

"I feel relaxed, confident," she said. "If I get down a break, I feel like I can just get it back."

Sharapova batted the veteran Tanasugarn around at will, hitting huge ground strokes when needed and serving her way out of trouble whenever it lurked.

"I feel pretty good," she said. "I served well, I thought I was moving well. I felt like the things I've been working on were going well for me tonight."

Williams has been healthy for about the last six months and followed up her Wimbledon title with two wins in the recent Fed Cup competition in Vermont for the U.S. Sharapova hurt her shoulder in January, has struggled with that since and hadn't played since the round of 16 at Wimbledon until Wednesday night.

And who beat her in that match? Venus Williams, in a 6-1, 6-3 rout.

Perhaps most significant in Sharapova's win in the night feature Wednesday was the first game of the second set. After waltzing through the first set, 6-1, she hit two double faults and a wide forehand for love-40. The double faults were significant because serving has, at times, been Sharapova's Achilles' heel.

Not this time. On a night in which she hit nine aces and won the point 79&#37; of the time when she got her first serve in, her high toss screamer, consistently clicking in the range of 105-110 mph, and a big-kicking second serve, were her friends.

At love 40, she hit a 98-mph ace; at 30-40 a 101-mph service winner, and on game point, a 104-mph ace.

Williams and Sharapova each have two more matches to win before getting to that dream semifinal.

"I want to get back to being No. 1," said Williams, ranked 16th.

"Motivation is always there for me," said Sharapova, who is seeded first here and is No. 2, but hasn't won a tournament this year.

Williams is the lone American left in singles. Meghann Shaughnessy lost to third-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia, 6-4, 6-4. . . . Barry Gordy, creator of the Motown sound and longtime ticket-holder for this event, was honored with the tournament's Loyalty Award, with Sharapova presenting him with a giant blowup of the first ticket he bought more than 20 years ago. . . . All 6,500 tickets for the night session were sold.
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Chakvetadze beats Venus Williams

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Venus Williams failed to capitalize on a match point and lost her Acura Classic quarter-final to Anna Chakvetadze as the No. 3 seed earned a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory on Friday.
Chakvetadze squandered the first set after leading 5-2. The Russian double-faulted eight times in the match, three times giving games to Williams in the set. Included in that span was a set point that No. 10 seed Williams saved before going on to win the set in a tiebreak.
Chakvetadze trailed 5-3 in the second set before bouncing back. Williams held a match point at 5-4 before Chakvetadze broke serve. Both players held serve to force the tiebreak, which was won by Chakvetadze as she took advantage of several errors by the US player.
The 20-year-old Russian handled Williams easily in the final set to beat the Wimbledon champion.
"It was the biggest win in my career, but I am already thinking about tomorrow," Chakvetadze said. "I was fighting until the end. I think that was why I won."
Chakvetadze will face No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals after her compatriot defeated India's Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-1.

"I'd rather take these matches than be playing 7-6 in the third set out in the heat," Sharapova said.
"From the beginning of the match, I played my game," said the world No. 2. "I did a really good job of serving well and stepping it up when I had to."
Patty Schnyder of Switzerland claimed another upset with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova to advance to the other semi-final.
"She's a dangerous opponent with her big serve and her powerful groundstroke," the 11th-seeded Schnyder said. "For me, it was still a great win. I never expected to win it that easily."
No. 9 seed Elena Dementieva defeated fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-4 for a semi-final berth against Schnyder. Dementieva, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, lost to Schnyder in straight sets here last year in the semi-finals.
"I've never played against Maria before so I got a little bit nervous in the beginning," Dementieva said. "It was a quite difficult match even though the score was easy."
Schnyder was confident of making her first appearance in a final in more than a year.
"I'm feeling great out on the court," she said. "The last three days I know where my shots are going. Everything seems to be working. I just want to keep it up for the weekend."
Andy Roddick didn't need much of a scouting report before winning his spot in the semi-finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic by beating Lee Hyung-taik.
It was the second straight week he has defeated the South Korean in a quarter-final and the 7-6 (6) 6-2 victory took his career record against Lee to 10-1.
"He gets into a groove and sometimes you kind of just have to stay the course, wait for your opportunities," Roddick said. "I felt like I did a good job of that."
Roddick, who won here in 2001 and 2005, broke Lee twice in the second set after nearly losing the first.
In the tiebreaker, Roddick fell behind 5-4 but some unforced errors by Lee gave the opening set to the US player.
Roddick's semi-final opponent will be No. 7 Ivo Karlovic, who had 29 aces in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Paul Capdeville.
It's a match Roddick said could take a while.
"It's not going to be a lot of rallies. It's probably going to come down to a tiebreaker or two, a couple of points here and there," Roddick said. "With him it's difficult, sometimes you can play well and lose and sometimes you can play badly and win."
The biggest surprise in the semi-finals is John Isner, a 2.06m US player in just his second ATP Tour event.
He served 30 aces to upset second-seeded Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5). Haas was playing in his first tournament since pulling out of Wimbledon because of a torn stomach muscle.
In the final tiebreaker, Isner took a 6-4 lead when a forehand from Haas sailed wide. He closed the match when Haas couldn't handle a serve to his backhand.
Isner's semi-final opponent will be No. 9 Gael Monfils, who beat third-seeded Marat Safin 6-3, 7-5.
It is the second time this year the Frenchman has reached a semi-final and the first time this year on hardcourts.
Monfils broke Safin in the second set to take a 6-5 lead and finished off the match with one of his 14 aces.
Tommy Robredo rallied to beat Stefan Koubek 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 on Friday and advance to the Prokom Open semi-finals. However, it was the news that an investigation was opened on suspicious betting patterns for a second-round match at the clay-court event that dominated attention.
Robredo, the 2001 champion and sole seeded player remaining at No. 2, trailed 3-0 in the second set before finding his range against the 30-year-old Austrian.
Jose Acasuso, the 2002 champion, beat seventh-seeded Florian Mayer of German 7-6 (4), 6-3.
But the quarter-finals were overshadowed by tennis officials planning to investigate betting patterns on Thursday's match between top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and the 87th-ranked Martin Vassallo Arguello.
In an unprecedented move, British online gambling company ******* voided all bets on Friday placed on the match after the Russian retired after aggravating a left foot injury while trailing 2-6, 6-3, 2-1.
******* said it received about US$7 million in bets on the match -- 10 times the usual amount.
Eighth-seeded Vera Dushevina of Russia beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 on Friday to advance to the Nordic Light Open semi-finals. The other three quarter-finals -- pitting No. 3 Emilie Loit against Julia Georges, Caroline Wozniacki against No. 2 Angieszka Radwanska and Tsvetana Pironkova against Stephanie Cohen-Aloro -- were postponed until yesterday because of rain.
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Re: 2007 Acura Classic

Venus fails on match point, Chakvetadze into semis

Carlsbad (California), Aug. 4 (AP): Venus Williams failed to capitalize on a match point and lost her quarterfinal of the Acura Classic to Anna Chakvetadze as the No. 3 seed earned a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory on Friday.
Chakvetadze squandered the first set after leading 5-2. The Russian double-faulted eight times in the match, three times giving games to Williams in the set. Included in that span was a set point that number 10 seed Williams saved before going on to win the set in a tiebreak.
Chakvetadze trailed 5-3 in the second set before bouncing back. Williams held a match point at 5-4 before Chakvetadze broke serve. Both players held serve to force the tiebreak, won by Chakvetadze as she took advantage of several errors by the American.
The 20-year-old Russian handled Williams easily in the final set to beat the Wimbledon champion.
Chakvetadze will face top-seed Maria Sharapova in the semifinals after her compatriot defeated India's Sania Mirza 6-2, 6-1.
``I'd rather take these matches than be playing 7-6 in the third set out in the heat,'' said Sharapova, who has not won a title since October.
``From the beginning of the match, I played my game,'' said the world number two. ``I did a really good job of serving well and stepping it up when I had to.''
Patty Schnyder of Switzerland claimed another upset with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova to advance to the other semifinal.
``She's a dangerous opponent with her big serve and her powerful groundstroke,'' the 11th-seeded Schnyder said. ``For me, it was still a great win. I never expected to win it that easily.''
No. 9 seed Elena Dementieva defeated fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-4 for a semifinal berth against Schnyder. Dementieva, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, lost to Schnyder in straight sets here last year in the semifinals.
``I've never played against Maria before so I got a little bit nervous in the beginning,'' Dementieva said. ``It was a quite difficult match even though the score was easy.''
Schnyder was confident of making her first appearance in a final in more than a year. ``I'm feeling great out on the court,'' she said. ``The last three days I know where my shots are going. Everything seems to be working. I just want to keep it up for the weekend.''

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