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Jul 30th, 2004 09:21 PM
V.S. Williams withdraws from Acura Classic with swelling in left knee
By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
July 30, 2004

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Acura Classic on Friday because of swelling in her left knee, almost exactly a year after surgery on that knee.

Williams, who hasn't won a tournament since March, was scheduled to play 12th-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the quarterfinals.

She said her knee began acting up after she chased a drop shot in the first set of her third-round victory over Elena Bovina on Thursday night.

``I said, 'Ooh, that really hurts,''' the top-seeded Williams said. ``I figured it would go away. I really just stopped running the rest of the match. I must have tweaked it somewhere down the line.''

She and older sister Venus are scheduled to play in the Athens Olympics, where tennis begins Aug. 15, and the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 30.

``I really want to go ahead and go to the Olympics,'' said Serena Williams, scheduled to leave for Athens with the U.S. team Aug. 10. ``I don't want to take that chance and miss out on the Olympics and the U.S. Open.''

She was up until 2 a.m. Friday receiving treatment.

``I was trying to get it calmed down,'' she said.

The WTA Tour injury report classified the injury as a recurrence. On Aug. 1, 2003, Williams had surgery to repair a partial tear in the same knee, then missed eight months.

``It is ironic, huh?'' she said.

Williams returned in March and won her first tournament at Miami, but she hasn't won in seven tournaments since then. She lost to Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon final July 3 and to Lindsay Davenport in last week's final at Carson.

Williams, 28-5 this year, planned to have an MRI exam in Los Angeles later Friday.

It's been an unlucky few weeks in California for the Williams sisters.

Venus withdrew from the Acura Classic on Tuesday with a sprained right wrist, an injury she got before the semifinals at Carson. She withdrew while trailing Davenport 7-5, 2-0 in that match. A week earlier, Venus lost a riveting three-set final to Davenport at Stanford.

Serena also is entered in next week's tournament in Toronto. Asked why she would risk possible further injury by playing there, she said, ``I think the WTA would hate if I answered honestly.''

Pressed for an explanation, Williams said she was being deliberately vague, but alluded to Tour-imposed fines for players who don't honor their commitments.

``It's hard because you got these things going on and if you don't play, then things can happen,'' she said. ``It's almost as if people don't care that you're really hurt or not. Everything is about making the dollar. I'm trying to make a dollar. That's what it's all about these days.''

Asked whether it would be worse for the Tour for her to miss several weeks instead of skipping one event, Williams said, ``I would think so, but apparently that's not how the money is made.''

Is Williams being forced to play in Toronto?

``I think I should leave on that note because I don't like to lie,'' she said, smiling.

Williams appeared on court in tight hot pink Capri pants, a white T-shirt and a white headband to tell the crowd she couldn't play. She was making her first singles appearance at the tournament that Venus won from 2000-02.

``I'll give you the dramatic version as I'm an actress,'' Serena said before launching into an account of how she ran at top speed (``probably 20 miles an hour'') and lunged for the drop shot. ``It's been a hard 12 months for me, but I'm really on the comeback,'' she told the crowd. ``I'm so sorry. I promise to be here next year in the finals.''
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Serena Williams of the U.S. announces that she would be pulling out of the tournament with a strained knee, cancelling her scheduled quarterfinal match against Russian Vera Zvonareva, at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, California July 30, 2004
Jul 30th, 2004 08:12 PM
V.S. Serena Williams withdraws from Acura Classic with knee injury
July 30, 2004

CARLSBAD, California (Ticker) - Now, there are no Williams' sisters left in the Acura Classic.

Top seed Serena Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal match against Russia's Vera Zvonareva on Friday with a left knee injury and joined sister Venus on the sidelines.

Venus Williams pulled out earlier in the week with a sprained right knee.

Zvonareva received a walkover into Saturday's semifinals and was joined in the final four by No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, who routed American Amy Frazier, 6-2, 6-1. The top American left is No. 4 seed Lindsay Davenport, who takes on No. 8 Ai Sugiyama of Japan in one of two remaining quarterfinal contests. In the other quarterfinal, French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, the third seed, faces No. 6 Maria Sharapova in a battle of Russians.
Jul 30th, 2004 12:58 PM

Serena Williams, of the U.S., looks out at the crowd before the start of her match against Russian Elena Bovina at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, California July 29, 2004.
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Serena Williams of the U.S., returns a volley to Russian Elena Bovina during their match at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, California July 29, 2004
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Serena Williams hits a forehand shot during her match against Elena Bovina of Russia at the Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., Thursday, July 29, 2004.
Jul 30th, 2004 12:53 PM
V.S. Williams, Sharapova, Davenport, Myskina advance in Acura ClassicBy BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
July 30, 2004

AP - Jul 29, 11:29 pm EDT
More PhotosCARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova led four Russians into the Acura Classic quarterfinals Thursday with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gisela Dulko.

Sharapova, the sixth seed, needed all of 44 minutes to win her third-round match in the first tournament she's played since surprising Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this month.

Her countrywomen were nearly as quick. French Open champion Anastasia Myskina defeated Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-2 in 61 minutes; No. 5 Elena Dementieva got by Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 7-6 (2) in 75 minutes; and No. 12 Vera Zvonareva beat seventh-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 in 60 minutes.

No. 4 Lindsay Davenport, winner of titles at Stanford and Carson in the last two weeks, routed Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-2 in 47 minutes.

Williams, the top seed who hasn't won a title since March, defeated another Russian, Elena Bovina, 6-4, 6-2 in 68 minutes.

Trailing 3-2 in the first set, Bovina had triple break point against Williams, but Williams came up with two winners and Bovina sent a forehand long on a second serve as Williams held. Bovina double-faulted to drop her serve and trail 5-2.

Bovina won the next two games to get to 5-4, but Williams closed out the set with a 110 mph serve that the Russian barely got her racket on. In the second set, Bovina fought off triple break point to hold for a 2-1 lead, but Williams ran off the final five games, including two service breaks, and won on her third match point when Bovina's backhand went wide.

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Other third-round winners Thursday were: No. 8 Ai Sugiyama, 6-3, 6-2 over Marion Bartoli; and Amy Frazier, who beat Alicia Molik 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Molik was coming off an upset of second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo.

Sharapova will play the third-seeded Myskina in Friday's quarterfinals at La Costa Resort and Spa.

``It's going to be very tough for me. Now she's playing much better,'' Myskina said of Sharapova. ``I want to prove that French is not only one tournament I was playing good.''

Myskina, the top-ranked player in Russia, is 2-0 against Sharapova this year. She beat her in three sets at the Australian Open and in straight sets at Indian Wells in March -- both on hardcourts.

``I haven't beaten her yet and I like these kind of challenges,'' Sharapova said. ``She's very consistent, she moves very well and she gets everything back. You have to stay patient. Indian Wells was a terrible day for me. I've become such a more experienced player.''

Myskina and Sharapova won their first Grand Slam titles this year. But they couldn't be more different. Myskina is in her eighth year on the WTA Tour, and frequently mentions being homesick for Russia.

Sharapova came to the United States when she was 7 to pursue her tennis, and is the most Americanized of all the talented Russians who have become a major force in women's tennis.

AP - Jul 29, 11:25 pm EDT
More Photos``I think she's more comfortable here,'' Myskina said. ``Her mentality is more American, but she still speaks good Russian. She's still a nice girl. She handles pressure very good.''

But Sharapova sharply rejected a suggestion that she feels American, even though she spends only a few weeks a year in her native country.

``We've had totally different ways of growing up and developing our careers,'' she said. ``Even though I've trained in America, my blood is Russian and no one is going to tell me where I'm from.''

Sharapova raced through the first set in 18 minutes against the overmatched Dulko, who was to play Venus Williams in the first round. But Williams withdrew because of a right wrist injury before their match, and Dulko beat Tamarine Tanasugarn and Mary Pierce to reach the third round.

``I just made it quick,'' Sharapova said. ``I played very solid and I was on a roll even though she served very well. I was able to make some returns and put pressure on her.''

Davenport trails Martinez 8-7 in their career meetings, and the Spaniard won their previous meeting at last year's French Open when Davenport retired with a left foot injury that later required surgery.

Martinez held serve to open the match, then lost seven straight games to fall behind 6-1, 1-0. At 2-2 in the second, Davenport won the final four games, breaking Martinez twice.

``You always have to be more prepared and ready to go against someone you don't have a great record against,'' Davenport said. ``I thought it was going to be tougher than it was. She gave me a lot more errors than she typically does. She never dictated play.'' Davenport has defeated both Serena and Venus Williams in the last two weeks for the first time in four years. She is trying to complete a sweep of the California summer hardcourt tournaments for the first time since 1998, when she went on to win her only U.S. Open title. ``Physically, I feel better now,'' she said. ``The 3-hour match in Stanford (over Venus in the final) was harder to recover from than last week (a straight-set win over Serena in the final). I'm on a good roll. I know this is the best I've played in a long time.''
Jul 30th, 2004 12:52 PM
V.S. Williams, Russian quartet advance in San 2004-07-30 15:15:49
WASHINGTON, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- American top seed Serena Williams powered past Russia's Elena Bovina 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the 1.3 million U.S. dollars Acura Classic in San Diego, California on Thursday.

But Russian players were in the limelight of the day as French Open champion Anastasia Myskina demolished American Chanda Rubin 6-1, 6-2 and was joined in the last eight by fellow countrywomen Sharapova, Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva.

Wimbledon champion Sharapova crushed Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-0, 6-1 while fifth seed Dementieva eased past compatriot Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 7-6. Number 12 seed Zvonareva put out Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

Zvonareva earned a rematch of last week's quarter-final in nearby Carson against top seed Serena Williams, who has not won a title since March and has struggled on hard courts this year.

Myskina and Sharapova will face off against each other on Friday for the third time this year but it will be the first occasion they have played each other since winning grand slam
titles. Myskina beat the red-hot 17-year-old in the Australian Open and at Indian Wells.

Dementieva will take on unseeded American Amy Frazier, who defeated Australian Alicia Molik 6-3, 6-4.

Third seed Lindsay Davenport overwhelmed Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-1, 6-2 in 46 minutes.

The American, who is coming off back-to-back title triumphs at nearby Stanford and Carson, now meets ninth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan.
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