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Mar 17th, 2004 06:38 AM
OxNoj Ah the month of March. Finally the Sisters playing. What a great time. The tennis season can officially begin
Nov 6th, 2003 08:00 PM
Frank Riley
Ya but Justine has won more against Serena this year

How many times did Serena go down to Justine this year, Ya you know.
Venus, Kim, Serena have all been taken out by Justine. Face it Justine is the best this year and after LA I hope number one again.
But you are right next year will be interesting.
Nov 6th, 2003 07:52 PM
V&SGotItGoingOn Like how she did at Wimbledon this year? Oh no wait, the last time they played Serena won that match.
Nov 6th, 2003 07:28 PM
Frank Riley
Let the Williams girls return, Justine is ready.

With all that said Justine is still going to kick Serena's butt again.
Nov 6th, 2003 06:43 PM
V.S. Williams will face tough road upon return

LOS ANGELES: Regaining match toughness - both mental and physical - will be the biggest challenge facing Venus and Serena Williams when they return to tennis in January, players at the elite season-ending WTA Championships predicted Wednesday.

“The most important thing will be to be mentally and physically match tough,” said Jennifer Capriati, who has plenty of experience of returning to the game after a long break from competition. “You can practice all you want, but there’s nothing like the real thing. To get into the frame of mind of dominating and being confident is tough, because at first you’ll probably be losing.”

Both Williams are skipping the $3 million season finale at Staples Center recovering from injuries. But they put in an appearance at a pre-tournament fashion show on Monday night and said they expected to be playing in the Australian Open in January. “It’s been a long road till now, but in general I feel well,” said Venus, who has been nursing an abdominal strain. “I’m obviously disappointed I couldn’t be in the championships, but I guess the way I look at it, some things aren’t always meant to be.”

Williams said her recovery from the injury “took a lot longer than I ever would have imagined.” “At first I thought I would be out for a week,” she said. “But I think it was a constant aggravation. I shouldn’t have played the French Open.

Serena williams had knee surgery on August 1. The last time the sisters played was when they met in the Wimbledon final in July. Capriati said the down time might turn out to be a boon for the sisters. “It’s not like they were losing that much,” Capriati said. “And for the longevity of the sport and they’re careers, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to take a few months off.”

Belgian Kim Clijsters, who beat Serena Williams in the final of the Tour Championships last year admitted the tournament would have a different flavor without either Williams. But she said she believed the round-robin format among the eight singles qualifiers could produce some fireworks. “They’re definitely going to be missed,” Clijsters said. “But also injury is a part of sport. It’s something you have to work on, to make sure you’re fit enough to get through the year.”
Nov 4th, 2003 03:14 PM
V.S. Venus, Serena plan to play Australian Open

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Associated Press


SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Serena and Venus Williams, each sidelined with injuries since July, plan to return to the WTA Tour in January.


Serena is the defending champion at the Australian Open, which begins Jan. 19. She hasn't played since defeating older sister Venus for the Wimbledon title in July.


That's also the last time Venus played because she aggravated an abdominal muscle in the semifinals.


No. 3 Serena and seventh-ranked Venus each will miss the season-ending WTA Championships beginning Wednesday in Los Angeles.


Serena had left knee surgery Aug. 1, and she said her knee is "doing really good."


"I've been staying in pretty good shape. I'm not gaining any weight" she said Monday night after debuting her own fashion line called Aneres at a charity benefit.


Serena said her first event in 2004 will be the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, a mixed team event that begins Jan. 3. She and James Blake won last year's title for the United States.


"I'm pretty much there now," she said, adding that she's resumed practicing. "My mom and dad don't want me to rush anything, so I'm trying to take my time."


Serena had a 38-3 match record and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year. She was a semifinalist at the French Open, then skipped the U.S. Open after having surgery.


Venus also has resumed hitting in preparation for playing an unspecified warmup event before the Australian Open.


"I'm really doing a lot better," she said. "Until a few weeks ago, I was really just in the down and outs with the injury. I just realized one day I'm doing better, but it took a while to get to that point."


Venus first strained her abdominal muscle in late April. The injury flared up in the Wimbledon semifinals, and she was in obvious pain playing her sister in the final.


In hindsight, Venus said she shouldn't have played the French Open in May, where she lost in the fourth round.


"I guess that's what helped me also make that decision not to play the U.S. Open because I realized the damage I had done to myself in previous tournaments," she said. "I'll get a good start next year, 100 percent healthy, hopefully."


Venus lost to Serena in this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon finals.


In addition to Serena's fashion line, Venus debuted a small collection of her leather designs at the WTA Tour charity event Monday night.


One of the charities chosen by the Williams sisters was Stop the Violence, a nonprofit group formed to counteract violence, drugs and crime among youth.


Their half-sister, Yetunde Price, was shot to death Sept. 14 while riding with a companion in a sport utility vehicle in Compton. Price was the sisters' personal assistant.


Neither Serena nor Venus took any questions Monday night about the shooting.
Nov 4th, 2003 01:36 PM
V.S.
Williams sisters plan to return in January

Williams sisters plan to return in January


November 4, 2003
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Serena and Venus Williams plan to return to playing tennis in January, six months after each of them was sidelined with injuries.

They each plan to play in the Australian Open, beginning Jan. 19. Serena is the defending champion, having beaten Venus for the title.

Serena had left knee surgery Aug. 1, and she said Monday night that her knee is ``doing really good.''

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Serena said her first event in 2004 will be the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, a mixed team event that begins Jan. 3. She and James Blake won last year's title for the United States.

Serena had a 38-3 match record and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year. She was a semifinalist at the French Open, then skipped the U.S. Open after having surgery.

Venus also has resumed hitting in preparation for playing an unspecified warmup event before the Australian Open.

Neither sister has played since Wimbledon, where Venus lost to Serena in the final. Venus has been sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle that first bothered her in April.

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