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Feb 10th, 2004 09:38 PM
V.S. Tough road back to No. 1 for Serena?




PARIS (AP) — Kim Clijsters, herself shaking off an ankle injury, says Serena Williams will have a tough time recovering from a knee operation that has sidelined the former world No.1.

"I feel it's a problem getting back into the rhythm after just a couple of days off. Just imagine being off for several months!" said Clijsters, current world No.2 and the top seed in Paris this week.

"You need your matches. The Williams (sisters) are human after all," Clijsters said Tuesday.

Serena Williams is not defending her title at this week's US$585,000 Gaz de France tournament and has not played since winning her sixth Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon.

Her left knee was operated Aug. 1. The 22-year-old is penciled in to play at the Qatar Doha Open in March.

Jelena Dokic, fourth seed in Paris, agreed that Williams faces a tough return.

"She's been out before and come back and even won Grand Slams," said Dokic. "But I think this time will be more difficult."

"She hasn't played for a long time and other players have found a lot of confidence," Dokic said. "This time it will be interesting to see. I think now Kim (Clijsters) and Justine (Henin-Hardenne) are playing as well as her."

Russia's Elena Dementieva, seeded second here, said tennis is better off with both Williams sisters playing at their peak.

"Most people miss them," said Dementieva. "With the Williams sisters there, tennis is more spectacular. We all enjoy watching them. No question. We hope they'll be back."

Clijsters agreed. "For everyone it's just a thrill to have all the best players out there," she said. "And also for the crowd, all the people who've paid for their tickets, the tournament directors. They want to see as many great players as possible." "And everyone gets better, plays better, when that happens," she added.
Feb 10th, 2004 09:36 PM
V.S. Top players in Paris hope Serena Williams gets back on track
ALAN PAGE Canadian Press


Tuesday, February 10, 2004
PARIS (AP) - Kim Clijsters, herself shaking off an ankle injury, says Serena Williams will have a tough time recovering from a knee operation that has sidelined the American tennis star.

"I feel it's a problem getting back into the rhythm after just a couple of days off. Just imagine being off for several months!" said Clijsters, the current world No. 2 from Belgium and the top seed in Paris this week. "You need your matches. The Williams (sisters) are human after all," Clijsters said Tuesday.

Serena Williams, a former world No. 1, is not defending her title at this week's $585,000 US Gaz de France tournament. She has not played since winning her sixth Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon. Williams had left knee surgery last August.

The 22-year-old is pencilled in to play at the Qatar Doha Open in March.

Jelena Dokic of Serbia and Montenegro, the No. 4 seed in Paris, agreed that Williams faces a tough return.

"She's been out before and come back and even won Grand Slams," said Dokic. "But I think this time will be more difficult."

"She hasn't played for a long time
Feb 9th, 2004 02:05 PM
V.S.
Open Gaz de France 2004

Serena Withdraws from Gaz de France

2/6/04 6:22 PM


More disappointing news for fans of Serena as she announced today that she will not compete in the Gaz de France, scheduled to begin on Monday, February 9, 2004.

"I am continuing to train, and I feel that I’m just about where I want to be. My knee feels great and I look forward to coming back in championship form," said Serena upon making her decision.

Tennis fans eagerly await the next event on Serena's schedule - the Qatar Total Open the week of March 1, 2004.

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