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Serena eases into Open Gaz de France quarters
February 05, 2003




Paris, France (Sports Network) - Australian Open champion Serena Williams won her opening match Wednesday at the $585,000 Open Gaz de France tennis event.

The top-seeded Williams blew past young Swiss Myriam Casanova in the first set en route to a 6-0, 6-4 decision at Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

Serena's quarterfinal opponent will be Slovakian Janette Husarova or Slovenian Tina Pisnik.

Williams is fresh off her title in Melbourne, where she captured her fourth straight Grand Slam tournament by once again besting her older sister Venus in a final. Serena also topped Venus in last year's French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open title matches.

Serena captured the Open Gaz de France in 1999 and Venus won last year's edition when she titled via walkover in the final. Yugoslavian Jelena Dokic was unable to compete in the 2002 championship match due to injury.

Venus opted against defending her title here this week, while Dokic is the fourth seed here.

The 21-year-old Serena and her fellow top-four seeds -- Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, France's Amelie Mauresmo and Dokic -- received opening-round byes in this week's 28-player field.

Serena wasn't the only second-round winner on Day 3, as the second-seeded Hantuchova humbled Slovenian Maja Matevzic, 6-3, 6-3, and Spaniard Magui Serna overcame French crowd favorite Stephanie Cohen Aloro, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3. Hantuchova awaits the Rita Grande-Elena Dementieva winner, while Serna will meet the third-seeded Mauresmo or Japan's Ai Sugiyama in the round of eight. Mauresmo will see her first action of any kind since cutting her 2002 season short with a knee injury in November.

In first-round action on Wednesday, Emilie Loit leveled fellow Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano, 6-3, 6-2; Husarova held off German Greta Arn, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0; and another French crowd favorite, Stephanie Foretz, outlasted Aussie Nicole Pratt, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, on the indoor Greenset surface. Loit will have the crowd on her side Thursday when she encounters Dokic in a highly-anticipated second- round affair.

The 2003 Open Gaz de France titlist will claim $93,000.

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Serena breezes past Daniilidou

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PARIS -- Serena Williams beat eighth-seeded Eleni Daniilidou 6-2, 6-0 in 46 minutes Saturday to advance to the final of the Gaz de France Open.

Williams broke serve five times and lost just six points on her serve to advance to the tournament final for the third time. She sealed the victory by coming in behind a serve and hitting a forehand winner.

"I was real comfortable out on court today,'' Williams said. "And I served real well, as I have all week here.''

Williams, who has won all 10 of her matches this season, including the Australian Open title, will face third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo, who beat Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-0 in the other semifinal.

Mauresmo, the 2001 champion, reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year.

Williams won her first career title here in 1999, and lost to France's Nathalie Tauziat in the 2000 final when she was slowed by a knee injury.

"At least I always get to the final here,'' Williams said. "And when I won in 1999, I went on to win the U.S. Open. Maybe I can do that again.''

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Serena Williams, Mauresmo reach Paris Indoors final


February 8, 2003
PARIS (Ticker) - The dominance of world No. 1 Serena Williams and hometown favorite Amelie Mauresmo on Saturday at the Open Gaz de France did not make for exciting matches, but it did set up a dream final.

Williams thrashed eighth seed Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, 6-2, 6-0, in 46 minutes to extend her WTA Tour winning streak to 10 matches. She is 14-0 in 2003 after helping the United States win the Hopman Cup - an exhibition - in January.

"I played very well today," Williams said. "Technically, I played a perfect game and mentally I was full of confidence. My serve, my forehand, all my strokes were good. I'm in the final and I hope to win it."

The 21-year-old Williams captured the Australian Open last month to become only the fifth woman in tennis history to hold all four majors at the same time. It was her 20th career crown.

Williams' first career title came here in 1999 when she defeated Mauresmo, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). She reached the final again the next year.

On Sunday, Williams, who has captured seven titles in her previous nine tournaments, will try to become the first top-ranked player to win this event in its 11-year history. Win or lose, she will be the first placer since the computer ranking average system was abolished in 1996 to accumulate more than 7,000 points.

First prize at this Tier II event is $93,000.

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Serena Williams wins Paris tournament
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PARIS (AP) - Serena Williams defeated France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Gaz de France, her first tournament since she captured the Australian Open.

The world's top-ranked woman withstood a partisan crowd and won in 64 minutes for her second title in this event. This was Williams' second title of the year and the 21st of her career.

With the score 3-3 in the first set, Williams stepped up the pressure against the third-seeded Frenchwoman. She held for 4-3, breaking Mauresmo at love, then served out at love. She unleashed three successive aces to take the set.

Williams broke Mauresmo in the first and third games of the second set to go 4-0 up. She had won seven straight games in one stretch.

Williams wasted her first match point with a double fault but then delivered an ace for the victory.

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Tennis-Williams punishes Mauresmo in Paris Open final


PARIS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Serena Williams punished France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-3 6-2 in the Paris indoor Open final on Sunday to remain unbeaten in 2003.

The American world number one followed up her Australian Open victory with her second title in the Paris Open at the expense of the local favourite.

Williams, who won her first tournament in the same Coubertin sports hall in 1999, repeated the feat in front of the same opponent in 64 minutes.

But in four years the American has come a long way, having become the fifth woman to win four grand slam titles in succession after her Melbourne crowning.

Mauresmo, who had taken Williams to a third set tie-break four years ago, was forced to measure the immense progress made by her opponent.

The Frenchwoman, playing in her first tournament of the year after missing the Australian Open with a knee injury, held her ground at first and even had break points in Williams's first two service games.

But at 3-3 in the first set, Williams moved up a gear, served better and started hitting winners almost at will.

The American took three games in succession and won her last service game to love to take the first set 6-3.

Punishing Mauresmo on her second serves, Williams again broke the local favourite on a double fault in the first game of a one-sided second set.

Despite two consolation games won by Mauresmo in the fifth and seventh of the second set, Williams finished off her rival on the last of 11 aces, winning a title taken by her sister Venus last year.

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Serena Takes Home Another Title, Wins Gaz de France

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PARIS (Feb. 9) -- Serena Williams defeated France's Amelie Mauresmo 6-3, 6-2 Sunday to win the Gaz de France, her first tournament since she captured the Australian Open.

The world's top-ranked woman withstood a partisan crowd and won in 64 minutes for her second title in this event. This was Williams' second title of the year and the 21st of her career.

With the score 3-3 in the first set, Williams stepped up the pressure against the third-seeded Frenchwoman. She held for 4-3, breaking Mauresmo at love, then served out at love. She unleashed three successive aces to take the set.

Williams broke Mauresmo in the first and third games of the second set to go 4-0 up. She had won seven straight games in one stretch.

Williams wasted her first match point with a double fault but then delivered an ace for the victory.

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