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Re: 2008 Bangalore Open

Venus, Serena to meet in semis; Jankovic falls in India

Bangalore, India (Sports Network) - The powerful Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, will clash in the semifinals, while top-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic came up a quarterfinal loser Friday at the $600,000 Bangalore Open tennis event.
The world No. 4 Jankovic gave way to 54th-ranked Chinese Zi Yan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours on the hardcourts at KSLTA Signature - Kingfisher Stadium. Yan is now 2-0 lifetime against Jankovic, with the other victory coming in Bangkok last year.
The veteran Williams sisters, meanwhile, both cruised into the final four, as a second-seeded Venus handled seventh-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-3 and a third-seeded Serena dismissed Russian Anastassia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 on Day 5 here. The reigning Wimbledon champion Venus, currently ranked seventh in the world, and Serena, at No. 11, own 14 Grand Slam singles titles between them and both women are, of course, former world No. 1s stars.
The 27-year-old Venus and 26-year-old Serena have split their first 14 matchups on the WTA Tour. They haven't met since 2005, when Venus prevailed in the fourth round at the U.S. Open. Venus has won their last two meetings, this after Serena rattled off six straight wins in the series.
One other Friday quarterfinal saw fourth-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder come back to beat Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Schnyder will face Yan in the other semi on Saturday. The 2008 Bangalore champion will take home $95,500.

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Re: 2008 Bangalore Open

Williams sisters to clash in semis; Schnyder also through

March 7th, 2008 - 9:06 pm ICT by admin

By Saumojyoti Singha Choudhury
Bangalore, March 7 (IANS) Sisters Venus and Serena Williams scored straight sets wins to set up a family clash in the semi-finals of the $600,000 Bangalore Open here Friday. Also entering the last four stage was Swiss player Patty Schnyder, who was stretched to three sets. Second seed Venus shrugged aside a mid-match rally from Russian Vera Zvonareva to win 6-4, 6-3 in just under 90 minutes, while fourth seed Schnyder survived a scare before knocking off giant-killer Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1) in a thrilling encounter lasting close to two and a half hours.
In the third quarter-finals, Serena Williams beat Russian Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with sister Venus.
Venus was a little disappointed with the prospect of meeting her sister Serena in the last four. “It would have been awesome if we had met in the finals. But (still)at the end of the day one of us will play in the finals,” said Venus, who is the reigning Wimbledon champion.
Venus, who was not in her elements in the second round match against Shuai Peng, peaked at the right time. There was marked improvement in her service, too, as she controlled them better and reduced double faults from 15 in the previous match, to six this time.
In the first set, Venus raced to a 5-1 lead, breaking her opponent in the second and sixth games. But Zvonareva struck back, drawing parity by breaking back in the seventh and ninth. Venus broke Zvonareva again in the 10th game to pocket the set.
Venus seized control of the second set after breaking her opponent twice, in the second and fourth game. Once again Zvonareva fought back to get one break back in the third but it was not enough to save the day for her, ultimately bowing out 6-3.
Venus said that she was more relaxed and focused compared to her match against Peng.
“I am happy to win in two sets. I concentrated on improving my performance. I had strung my rackets more tightly today that helped me a lot to handle the bounce,” Venus said.
In another match, Schnyder raised her game and fought back from one-set down to beat Amanmuradova.
Amanmuradova raised visions of another upset as she broke Schnyder in the very first game of the opening set and then held her serve to go up 2-0. Thereafter, the set went with serve but the tall Uzbek saved two break points - in the sixth and 10th game- to clinch the set.
Bad line judgments in the opening set left Schnyder disappointed on quite a few occasions.
Down one set, the Swiss player came out determined in the second set and broke Amanmuradova’s serve in the second game. However, the Uzbek drew parity in the ninth only to lose her serve in the next that levelled the set.
In the tenth game, Amanmuradova saved three break points and the players reached deuce six times but Schnyder finished the set with a perfect lob from the back of the baseline.
In the decider, both players broke each other twice - Amanmuradova in the first and third games and Schnyder in the second and eighth. The Uzbek saved three match points in the 12th game to force the tie-breaker.
Schnyder showed her superiority in the tie-breaker, by clinching six points at a stretch to finish the set and match 7-1.
“I had a slow start but later I found my serve. Both of us played tough tennis and the match was up and down till the tie-break but I played better in the tie-breaker,” Schnyder said.
“It was very hot out there. I had some difficulty in coping with the heat. So far I had played all my games at night,” she said.
Amanmuradova said she was happy with her performance here and will have many positives to take home from the tournament.
“Up 4-2 in the third set I really had a chance but she (Schnyder) did everything right on time. She played very well.
“I am very satisfied with the performance here, and for the first time in my career I beat a top 10 player here,” she said.

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Williams sisters to meet in Bangalore


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BANGALORE, India, March 7 (UPI) -- Serena and Venus Williams each advanced Friday and are paired against each other in the semifinals of the $600,000 Bangalore Open tennis tournament.

Whichever sister wins Saturday's semifinal, she'll be the highest seeded player in the finals because top-seeded Jelena Jankovic was upset Friday in a grueling three-set match with Zi Yan. The fourth semifinalist will be fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

Both Williams sisters were solid in straight-set quarterfinal victories. Second-seeded Venus Williams stopped No. 7 Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 6-3, and the third-seeded Serena Williams defeated Anastassia Rodionova, 6-1, 6-4.

The sisters have split their 14 WTA meetings, with Serena taking the last three, including the most recent pairing -- a fourth-round match in the 2005 U.S. Open.

Schnyder topped Akgul Amanmuradova, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), to make the semis against Yan, who was 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Jankovic. Schnyder and Yan have never met with WTA play.

Saturday's winners move into the title match Sunday with the Bangalore Open champion taking home $95,500.

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Williams sisters to meet in Bangalore semis

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Updated: March 7, 2008, 2:56 PM EST

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Williams v Williams in Bangalore


It will be an all-Williams semi-final at the Bangalore Open as both second-seeded Venus Williams and number three seed Serena Williams claimed quarter-final victories at the the hardcourt event on Friday to book their first head-to-head meeting in more than two years.
The American sisters have have split 14 previous meetings, though Serena holds a 6-2 edge in championship match encounters.
"I'm really excited about playing Venus in the semis," Serena Williams said. "She's a really tough opponent, but it's going to be fun playing her. It's just a shame it couldn't be in the final."
Twenty-seven-year-old Venus advanced on Friday with a 6-4 6-3 victory over seventh-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva while Serena, 26, had few problems in a 6-1 6-4 triumph over Anastasia Rodionova of Russia.
Both former number one players, the Williams sisters have combined for 64 WTA championships during their career including 14 grand slam titles.
There was a stunning upset in the top of the draw as China's Zi Yan claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over top-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic.
Ranked 54th in the world and 2-5 this season heading into the event, Yan is now one victory away from reaching her first final since winning Guangzhou in 2005.
Awaiting her in the semi-finals is fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who moved into the last four with a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/1) victory over Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan.
There is certain to be a new face hoisting the trophy at this Tier II hardcourt tournament, now in its third year. Defending champion Yaroslava Shvedova lost in the first round and the 2006 winner, Mara Santangelo, is not participating.

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Serena Williams Wins Bangalore Open

By SATHISH PAUL
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3:55 PM EDT, March 9, 2008
BANGALORE, India

Serena Williams won her first title in 11 months, defeating Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-3 Sunday in the Bangalore Open final.

Williams dominated the final with powerful serves and groundstrokes. Schnyder committed several unforced errors in trying to hit deep and keep Williams at the baseline.

"It's good to be a champ here, it always feels good to win," said Williams, who won her 29th career title and first since last April at Miami. "I did not want to make too many errors. That was my game plan, but I did not stick to it."

The 11th-ranked Williams was warned for a court violation after she cursed and smashed her racket when she faced two break points in the fifth game of the first set.

"I'm passionate about what I do. I got too passionate, my grip was wet and that's what happened," said Williams, who managed to hold her serve.

She the broke Schnyder in the sixth game, but dropped her own serve in the seventh.

Williams wasted two set points in the 10th game when she failed to break Schnyder, who stayed even at 5-5. In the 12th game, Williams again let go two set points, but won the third when Schnyder sent a return into the net.

"The first set could have gone either way," Schnyder said. "Serena was really focused, she played tough and it was difficult for me to play my game even when I was 5-5. I was tired the way she made me run around."

They traded service breaks in the first three games of the second set with Schnyder breaking Williams in the first and third games. Williams surged ahead by breaking Schnyder in the sixth and eighth games.

Serving for the match in the 12th game, Williams saved two break points and won on the first match point.

"When you're playing a champion like Serena, you've got to be at your best," said the 12th-ranked Schnyder, whose career record in finals dropped to 10-13.

In the doubles final, third-seeded Peng Shuai and Sun Tiantian of China defeated top-seeded Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung of Taiwan 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.
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Serena Wins Battle of Williams Sisters


BANGALORE, India (AP) — Third-seeded Serena Williams defeated older sister Venus Williams 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) Saturday to reach the final of the Bangalore Open.
"It was a close match, although we both weren't at our best," said Serena Williams, who will play fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder in the final Sunday.
Schnyder defeated Yan Zi 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
In the deciding set, Serena Williams broke her sister in the seventh game and had match point in the 10th but wasted it and went on to drop the service point.
"My serve let me down on match point," she said.
In the 12th game, it was Venus Williams' turn to squander a match point, allowing her sister to draw even and take the contest in the tiebreaker.
Serena Williams forced three service breaks in winning the first set before her second-seeded sister struck back to take the second set.
In the other semifinal, Schnyder dominated from the start, forcing three service breaks while conceding one point on her own serve in the first set.
"I struggled with my first serve, but my second serve was fine," Schnyder said. "I kept hitting the ball deep, which she found difficult to return."



US player Serena Williams returns a ball to sister Venus Williams during their semifinal match at the Bangalore Open 2008 tournament in Bangalore, India, Saturday, March 8, 2008. Serena Williams won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6


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Serena downs Venus, will meet Schnyder in Bangalore final


Bangalore, India (Sports Network) - Serena Williams got the best of sister Venus on Saturday in India, capturing a three-set victory to join Patty Schnyder in the final at the $600,000 Bangalore Open tennis event.
The third-seeded Serena bettered her second-seeded sister 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). That victory gave Serena an 8-7 edge in the all-time series between the siblings on the WTA Tour. They hadn't meet since 2005, when Venus prevailed in the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
"I think I played really well; she always plays really tough too and it was really entertaining for the fans," Venus Williams said.
The Williams sisters own 14 Grand Slam singles titles between them and both women are, of course, former world No. 1 stars.
Serena flirted with danger in the first set, saving all seven of Venus' break opportunities, and took advantage of Venus' struggling first serve to break twice and seize the opening set.
She appeared well on her way after an early break in the second, but she won just 1-of-17 points on her second serve, was broken three times and dropped the second set. Venus took that momentum into the more traditional third set, where each player held to 3-3 without a break opportunity.
Serena then swept through her sister's next service game, breaking Venus at love for a 4-3 edge. She held with a relatively clean service game then Venus held serve for 5-4. Serving for the match, Serena's first double fault of the set came at deuce, and Venus broke moments later to square the set. She held for a 6-5 advantage, but Serena returned the favor to force a tiebreak.
Venus won the first two points, but Williams won seven of the next nine points for the victory.
"It was a great atmosphere; there were lots of people in the crowd and lots of kids, and I think it was a great match," Serena Williams said. "I didn't take the first match point but I'm glad I was able to close it out. I don't think we were playing our best out there but we competed hard and it was a tough one. I just hope I can have a quick turnaround now and be ready for the final tomorrow."
With the buzz surrounding the battle of siblings, the Swiss Schnyder quietly cruised into the championship match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 54th-ranked Chinese Zi Yan, who was just a day removed from ousting world No. 4 Jelena Jankovic on the hardcourts at KSLTA Signature - Kingfisher Stadium.
Schnyder broke Yan in the fifth and ninth games of the opening set, then after Yan squared the second set at 3-3, the southpaw broke twice more to take the two-set victory. The 2008 Bangalore champion will take home $95,500.

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Serena Williams moves into quarterfinals of Bangalore Open

By Sathish Paul
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9:03 a.m. March 5, 2008

BANGALORE, India – Serena Williams overcame a shaky start to defeat Tzipora Obziler 7-5, 6-0 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Bangalore Open. Playing in her first match since the Australian Open, Williams defeated Obziler despite being broken twice in the first set.
“I did not feel 100 percent,” said the 11th-ranked Williams, who noted the long layoff. “I made too many errors today. There were a lot of bad calls out there.”
Fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder rallied to defeat Aiko Nakamura 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2.
“A win is a win. I was not comfortable for the first hour or so, but I kept firing myself up,” Schnyder said.
In other second-round matches, Akgul Amanmuradova defeated Agnes Szavay of Hungary 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, and Anastasia Rodionova stopped Sybille Bammer 7-6 (5), 6-2.




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BANGALORE, India - Serena Williams won the 600,000-dollar WTA Bangalore Open on Sunday, giving the world number 11 her first title of the year on her maiden visit to India.
Williams defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 7-5, 6-3 in a final lasting an hour and 25 minutes to pocket the winner’s purse of 95,000 dollars and 275 points with her 29th career title.
The 12th-ranked Schnyder, who tasted defeat after winning three of her last four matches against Williams, took home 51,000 dollars and 190 points from India’s richest tennis event.
‘It was so nice being in India and winning the title made it even better,’ said the third-seeded American, who had beaten elder sister Venus in the semi-finals on Saturday.
‘A week back I was not even sure I will be able to play, so to win my first title of the year makes it a very special visit.’
Schnyder, seeded fourth, admitted Williams was too strong on the day.
‘I tried my best but lost it in the second set,’ the Swiss said. ‘Hopefully we will meet again this year and I will be able to beat her.
‘This was my first visit to India and I loved it. I am sure I will be back next year.’
The final of the tier-two event, watched by 1,000 fans, was marked by erratic serving by both players.
They traded a break each in the sixth and seventh games before Williams broke once again in the 12th to wrap up the first set in 45 minutes.
The second set saw breaks in the first three games as both players struggled with their serves before Schnyder held her own in the fourth to lead 3-1.
Williams broke back in the sixth to level the scores at 3-3, broke again in the eighth to make it 5-3 and then held her own serve in the ninth to win the match.
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BANGALORE, India (Reuters) - Former world number one Serena Williams flexed her muscles on the big points to shut out Swiss world number 12 Patty Schnyder in the final of the Bangalore Open on Sunday.
American world number 11 Williams was inconsistent for the most part but drew from her wealth of experience to edge out fourth seed Schnyder 7-5 6-3 in 83 minutes for her first title of the season.
Third seed Williams, who beat older sister and world number seven Venus in the semi-finals on Saturday, was stretched by left-handed Schnyder, who subtly varied her angles to tire her opponent.
But the American, playing her first tournament since the Australian Open quarter-final in January, was up to the task and to every trick thrown at her by her opponent.
Williams, who skipped tournaments in February to recover from dental surgery, broke her opponent in the sixth game of the opening set, but lost her serve immediately and admonished herself.
But Williams, who ended on the wrong side of the result in both of their meetings last year, broke Schnyder in the 12th to win the opening set.
Schnyder went up 3-1 in the second set against an inconsistent Serena, but the multiple grand slam winner came back strongly, winning the next five games to wrap up the match.

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Serena Williams defeats Patty Schnyder in straight sets in Bangalore for 1st win in 11 months

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BANGALORE, India: Serena Williams won her first title in 11 months, defeating Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-3 Sunday in the Bangalore Open final.
Williams dominated the final with powerful serves and groundstrokes. Schnyder committed several unforced errors in trying to hit deep and keep Williams at the baseline.
"It's good to be a champ here, it always feels good to win," said Williams, who won her 29th career title and first since last April at Miami. "I did not want to make too many errors. That was my game plan, but I did not stick to it."
The 11th-ranked Williams was warned for a court violation after she cursed and smashed her racket when she faced two break points in the fifth game of the first set.
"I'm passionate about what I do. I got too passionate, my grip was wet and that's what happened," said Williams, who managed to hold her serve.
She the broke Schnyder in the sixth game, but dropped her own serve in the seventh.
Williams wasted two set points in the 10th game when she failed to break Schnyder, who stayed even at 5-5. In the 12th game, Williams again let go two set points, but won the third when Schnyder sent a return into the net.
"The first set could have gone either way," Schnyder said. "Serena was really focused, she played tough and it was difficult for me to play my game even when I was 5-5. I was tired the way she made me run around."
They traded service breaks in the first three games of the second set with Schnyder breaking Williams in the first and third games. Williams surged ahead by breaking Schnyder in the sixth and eighth games.
Serving for the match in the 12th game, Williams saved two break points and won on the first match point.
"When you're playing a champion like Serena, you've got to be at your best," said the 12th-ranked Schnyder, whose career record in finals dropped to 10-13.
In the doubles final, third-seeded Peng Shuai and Sun Tiantian of China defeated top-seeded Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung of Taiwan 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.

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Serena downs Schnyder to win Bangalore

By SATHISH PAULAssociated Press Writer

last updated: March 09, 2008 02:06:46 PM
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US tennis player Serena Williams, left, holds the winner's trophy and Swiss Patty Schnyder the runner up trophy after their final match of the Bangalore Open 2008 tournament in Bangalore, India, Sunday, March 9, 2008. Williams won 7-5, 6-3. - AP Photo - Aijaz Rahi

Serena Williams won her first title in 11 months, defeating Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-3 Sunday in the Bangalore Open final.
Williams dominated the final with powerful serves and groundstrokes. Schnyder committed several unforced errors in trying to hit deep and keep Williams at the baseline.
"It's good to be a champ here, it always feels good to win," said Williams, who won her 29th career title and first since last April at Miami. "I did not want to make too many errors. That was my game plan, but I did not stick to it."
The 11th-ranked Williams was warned for a court violation after she cursed and smashed her racket when she faced two break points in the fifth game of the first set.
"I'm passionate about what I do. I got too passionate, my grip was wet and that's what happened," said Williams, who managed to hold her serve.
She the broke Schnyder in the sixth game, but dropped her own serve in the seventh.
Williams wasted two set points in the 10th game when she failed to break Schnyder, who stayed even at 5-5. In the 12th game, Williams again let go two set points, but won the third when Schnyder sent a return into the net.
"The first set could have gone either way," Schnyder said. "Serena was really focused, she played tough and it was difficult for me to play my game even when I was 5-5. I was tired the way she made me run around."
They traded service breaks in the first three games of the second set with Schnyder breaking Williams in the first and third games. Williams surged ahead by breaking Schnyder in the sixth and eighth games.
Serving for the match in the 12th game, Williams saved two break points and won on the first match point.
"When you're playing a champion like Serena, you've got to be at your best," said the 12th-ranked Schnyder, whose career record in finals dropped to 10-13.
In the doubles final, third-seeded Peng Shuai and Sun Tiantian of China defeated top-seeded Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung of Taiwan 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.

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