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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2003, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Venus to Play German Open

Die German Open der Tennis-Damen vom 5. bis 11. Mai beim LTTC Rot-Weiß in Berlin finden ohne Serena Williams statt. Zwei Tage nach ihrer ersten Saisonniederlage sagte die Weltranglistenerste aus den USA gestern ihre Teilnahme an dem mit 1,224 Millionen Dollar dotierten Sandplatzturnier der höchsten Kategorie nach den Grand-Slam-Wettbewerben ab. "Für Serena kommt nun Venus nach Berlin. Aber die jüngere der Williams-Schwestern hätte ich schon lieber gehabt", sagte Turnierdirektor Eberhard Wensky. Venus Williams rückt nun an Position drei der Setzliste.

"Nachdem ich 2003 schon so viele Matches gespielt habe, möchte ich vor der Saison in Europa eine Woche länger frei nehmen", teilte die Siegerin der letzten vier Grand-Slam-Turniere der Spielerinnen-Vereinigung WTA mit.

Ein Grund könnten Serena Williams' schlechte Erinnerungen an Berlin sein. Im Vorjahr unterlag sie im Endspiel Justine Henin-Hardenne. Die in Berlin nun hinter ihrer Landsfrau Kim Clijsters an Nummer zwei gesetzte Belgierin war es auch, die am vergangenen Sonntag in Charleston die 21 Spiele währende Siegesserie der besten Tennisspielerin der Welt beendete.

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The German open of the tennis ladies from 5 to 11 May with the LTTC red white in Berlin take place without Serena Williams. The world rank list first from the USA its participation in the sand place tournament of the highest category endowed with 1.224 million dollar called two days off after its first season defeat yesterday after the Grand Slam competitions. "for Serena now Venus comes to Berlin. But I would have had, said the younger of the Williams sisters already rather "director of tournament Eberhard Wensky. Venus Williams moves now at position three of the setting list. "after I played already 2003 so many Matches, would like I the season ago in Europe one week longer freely to take", communicated the Siegerin of the last four Grand Slam tournaments of the player interior combination WTA. A reason Serena Williams ' bad memories of Berlin could be. In the previous year it was subject to Justine Henin Hardenne in the final game. The Belgian set in Berlin now behind her land woman Kim Clijsters at number two was it also, on past Sunday the victory series of the best Tennisspielerin of the world lasting in Charleston the 21 plays terminated.

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Venus consolation for Berlin as Serena pulls out

BERLIN, April 16 (Reuters) - Venus Williams confirmed she would be taking part in next month's German Open despite her younger sister Serena pulling out of the tournament.

The WTA Tour announced late on Tuesday that world number one Serena had pulled out of the $1.24 million Berlin tournament, which begins on May 5, to rest and prepare for the rest of the European season.

"Well, at least her sister Venus will be coming," a spokeswoman for the German Open said.

She said tournament director Eberhard Wensky learned of Serena's withdrawal on Tuesday evening but heard of the confirmation of world number three Venus at the same time.

"We naturally would have loved to have had Serena, but it can't be," the spokeswoman said.

Serena's decision to skip the Berlin event means the 21-year-old's next scheduled event is the $1.3 million Telecom Italia Masters, beginning on May 12, in Rome, Italy.

"After playing so many matches at the beginning of 2003, I have decided to take an additional week off to prepare for the European season," said Serena, who holds all four grand slam titles.

She reached the final in Berlin last year but lost in three sets to Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne, who will play in next month's tournament.

Williams also lost to Henin-Hardenne in the final of Charleston's Family Circle Cup last weekend -- the first defeat of the year for the American.

The Berlin event now has confirmation from seven of the women's top 10 players.

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Venus steps in for Serena


BERLIN - Venus Williams will fill in for her younger sister Serena at next month's WTA Berlin Open, organisers announced today.
World number 1 Serena announced she was pulling out of the event so as to recharge her batteries in time for the French Open and Wimbledon.

Her decision was made after suffering her first defeat of the season in Sunday's Charleston Open final which she lost in straight sets to Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Berlin were evidently thrilled to have found such a high profile replacement.

"We're delighted that Venus can make it. She too plays very seductive tennis and in terms of performances she's almost on a par with her sister," said event spokesman Eberhard Wensky.

Serena, explaining her absence, said she wanted to take a week off to prepare herself "mentally and physically" for the summer's key tournaments in Paris and London.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 28th, 2003, 05:20 AM
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Meh the willam sisters rig there matches to suite themselves ...they always venus wont have to play Serena at the semis of this french open cause shell be #2 and thats good news for the william sisters who hate playing each other in fact only play a handfull of tournements together...anyways i think they should stop all of this suspicious not buying it and neither are there other a fan too but come on! lets get some consistency here! Serena made a commitment to play and she broke that commitment...does obviously does not care about her German fans or the fact that its good to follow things through...maybe she should learn to follow things through a little more, than maybe we wouldnt be suspicious!
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