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Aug 19th, 2005 12:37 PM
V.S. Tennis Superstar Serena Williams Visits Ronald McDonald House In Toronto
By Urbanmecca.com Staff
Aug 18, 2005, 09:27

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Tennis pro Serena Williams and Canadian diver Alexandre Despatie show their skills on the air hockey table during a visit to the Toronto Ronald McDonald House. The two Ronald McDonald House Charities' ambassadors came together to meet with and sign autographs for families currently living at the House, including their young air hockey teammates Dale Aganmayo (center) and Megan Wynn (right) during this special private visit.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3), creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most – right in their own communities.
Aug 18th, 2005 12:33 PM
V.S. Rogers Cup casualties mount

Serena Williams pulls out with an injury, continuing a worrying trend for tournament organizers

By BEVERLEY SMITH

Thursday, August 18, 2005 Updated at 4:22 AM EDT

From Thursday's Globe and Mail


Toronto — The $1.3-million (U.S.) Rogers Cup lost yet another of its stars yesterday when Serena Williams pulled out with an injury.

Nobody was surprised. The 23-year-old American was tennis player obviously in distress when she toughed out a win against Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro of France Tuesday.

Williams's withdrawal is the latest in a string of pullouts that has Tennis Canada concerned about its ticket sales for the rest of the week.

"The walk-up is driven by the stars and by the fans and who they want to see," tournament director Stacey Allaster said. "It will have an impact for the diehard Serena Williams fans."

Maria Sharapova of Russia, who will become the world's No. 1 player on Monday, withdrew last weekend with a pectoral muscle injury. She's the star of the moment. Mary Pierce, seeded eighth at this event, withdrew on Monday. Williams pulled out yesterday, and with the withdrawal went one of the big personalities in the sport. Last week's No. 1 player, Lindsay Davenport, isn't playing because of injury.

Several other top-seeded players have struggled through their first matches, but they have held on. After last night's play, 16 players remain in the tournament and among them are six of the top 10 players in the world, including Amélie Mauresmo of France (No. 3), Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (No. 4), Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium (No. 5) and Nadia Petrova of Russia (No. 9). Not all of them have the crowd appeal of Williams or Sharapova, however.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium (No. 10) won her first match last night against Virginie Razzano of France, ranked No. 39 in the world. Razzano hasn't won any tour titles in her career; Clijsters has won five this year, more than any player. The Belgian has won $10-million (all figures U.S.) in her career and is a former No. 1 player.

And there are some promising young players as well: Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic is a tall 16-year-old with immense promise, ranked No. 32 in the world; and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (No. 19) defeated Mauresmo at the French Open this year.

Ivanovic won her match against Marion Bartoli of France yesterday with more difficulty, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).

Vaidisova defeated world No. 15 Nathalie Dechy of France 6-2, 6-4. Two Chinese players remaining in the tournament, Li Na (No. 45) and Zheng Jie (No. 70), will provide interest as China pulls out all the stops to try to leave a good impression at the Beijing Olympics. Zheng became the first Chinese woman to reach a Grand Slam fourth round last year and the first Chinese woman to hit the top 50. She also showed up at the Athens Olympics, perhaps with the Beijing Games in mind.

Even with Williams out of the game, the draw is still balanced with top talent. It's possible that three former Grand Slam winners could make the quarter-finals tomorrow.

On one side, Henin-Hardenne could meet Mauresmo in the quarter-finals, a contest that would be first-rate. Clijsters could meet Kuznetsova, last year's U.S. Open winner, in the other draw.

As for Williams, she said yesterday in a statement that she was unable to continue because of pain in her left knee.

"Because of my ankle injury, I had to take some time off, so my leg isn't as strong as it needs to be," she said. "The pain in my knee is a result of that."

Williams said her therapist did extensive testing on her knee and "the knee just isn't 100 per cent. It's hard to be out there when you know you can't play at your best and could potentially make it worse."

She plans to return to Florida and try to prepare for the U.S. Open, scheduled for Aug. 29 to Sept. 11 in New York.

Allaster said Tennis Canada is disappointed with Williams's withdrawal. Williams fired up the large crowd at Centre Court on Tuesday. "The fans really came out for her," Allaster said. "She's a very exciting player to watch. We were hoping that she'd wake up this morning and that it would be a little bit better, but it's not. It's nowhere near 100 per cent."

In light of the injury, Allaster said she appreciated that Williams continued to play on Tuesday, even after losing the first set and appearing distraught at not being able to run after the ball.

"I think it was a Serena we all admired and respected," she said. "It would have been very easy for her to have retired early in that match. But she really worked through it.
Aug 18th, 2005 12:31 PM
V.S. Aug. 18, 2005. 01:00 AM>ADVERTISEMENT<
http://&#91;img]http://ads.thestar.com/i...owad&#91;/img] HARRISON SMITH/TORONTO STARSerena Williams took time out yesterday to visit 4-year-old Dayo Aganmayo at a local Ronald McDonald house. Williams is the latest star to withdraw from the Rogers Cup after suffering a knee injury.Serena limps out of tourney
Hobbled by left knee problems

Latest in long list of withdrawals



DONOVAN VINCENT
SPORTS REPORTER

What more could go wrong at the Rogers Cup?

Organizers were dealt yet another in a series of blows with yesterday's news that No. 5 seed Serena Williams, their most popular remaining player, was pulling out due to left knee problems that hobbled her during a second-round victory on Tuesday night.

Her departure adds to a list of big-name withdrawals that started late last week when sister Venus Williams backed out citing the flu. The trend continued with top seed Maria Sharapova (chest muscle) pulling out Sunday and eighth seed Mary Pierce (quadriceps) on Tuesday.

In all, six of the top-20 players have withdrawn in the past week.

Organizers frankly acknowledged that Serena's departure will hurt ticket sales, especially given she played before a packed and enthusiastic house during her 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France.

"Absolutely. Look, walk-up is driven by the stars," said tournament director Stacey Allaster.

Yesterday, organizers reduced their projected attendance for the week-long tournament to 145,000-150,000. They had hoped to attract 155,000 before Serena pulled out.

Rogers Cup officials began bracing for the worst after watching Serena labour on centre court against Cohen-Aloro.

The younger Williams sister had played only a handful of matches since spraining her left ankle in the spring, an injury that led to the weakening of her left knee.

"This morning I did some extensive testing with my therapist, and again, after my match (Tuesday night) the knee just isn't 100 per cent," she said in a statement. "It's hard to be out there when you know you can't play at your best and could potentially make it worse.''

No. 14 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy, who Williams was due to play next, will advance on a walkover.

Williams said the knee problem was aggravated in the first set against Cohen-Aloro, who forced Williams to move around a lot.

The American, ranked No. 7 in the world, said she plans to go back to Florida to train and strengthen the knee for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29.

As she's been doing all this week, Allaster again found herself announcing "disappointing news.''

"We were hoping that (Serena would) wake up this morning and it would be a little bit better, but it's not, nowhere near 100 per cent,'' Allaster said, adding the tournament appreciates that Williams played her first match in pain.

"It was the Serena we all admire and respect. It would have been easy for her to retire earlier in that match, but she really worked through it.''

This is the first time the women's tournament has been held in the new $30 million Rexall Centre, which opened for the men's tournament last year. Rogers Cup organizers are trying to raise the profile of the Tier I event and were hoping this year's event would be special.

But this week has featured the same difficulties of some prior events, including last year in Montreal when several top names were missing, including the Williams sisters and Lindsay Davenport, who is not in Toronto this year either.
Aug 18th, 2005 02:54 AM
V.S. Serena Williams withdraws from Rogers Cup

WebPosted Wed, 17 Aug 2005 16:31:43 EDT CBC Sports
American Serena Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto on Wednesday with a left knee injury. Williams, the No. 5 seed, defeated Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France in the second round on Tuesday.

In other action on Wednesday, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium made short work of Argentine qualifier Mariana Diaz-Oliva with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Henin-Hardenne, the fourth seed in the tournament and the winner two years ago, played with a bandage on her right hamstring, but it did not prevent her from winning her first match of the WTA tournament.

Also on Wednesday, Nadia Petrova of Russia defeated Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the third round.

And Spain's Conchita Martinez defeated No. 15 seed Dinara Safina of Russia 7-5, 6-2.





Aug 18th, 2005 02:49 AM
V.S. Serena Williams withdraws from Toronto WTA tennis tournament printResizeButton();
Serena Williams' return to action proved brief as she withdrew from the 1.3 million-dollar WTA Tour event Wednesday.

The Australian Open champion had won her opening match at the prestigious Tier 1 tournament on Tuesday night, beating French lucky loser Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in three sets in a second-round clash.

But William admitted she was struggling with a sore left knee, a side-effect from the left ankle injury she was nursing when she lost in the third round at Wimbledon.

Playing for the first time since her exit from the All-England club, Williams informed tournament organizers on Wednesday that she wouldn't be able to continue.
Aug 17th, 2005 12:49 PM
V.S. Post Match Interview

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Serena, please.

Q. Tell me about toughing out that match.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it was pretty tough for me to be out there today. I don't know, I just played, and now I'm here.

Q. Was it physical? Was it tough getting into the match?

SERENA WILLIAMS: She hit a very weird ball. She had like a lot of spin. When the ball bounced, it was way above my head. It was definitely a little tough physically out there, as well.

Q. What is the status of your knee and ankle?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Ankle's good. But I'm just dealing with some issues with my knee because of my ankle. Since it went bad, my ankle, my knee got a little weak - well, weaker than it has been in the past. So I just don't feel like I'm doing well.

Q. How did you prepare for this tournament?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I prepared really hard actually. I was actually practicing way better than I was playing. I actually practiced for like three weeks every day, which is a lot for me, just on and off the court as well.

Q. Is the achy knee something that might affect you later this week? Is it serious in that regard?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm going to have my therapist look at it because I might have tweaked it a little bit when I sprained my ankle. While I was trying to recover that part of my body, like I said, my knee just got a little weaker than I had expected. In match play it's totally different because I'm doing different things that I can't do in practice, and I'm not playing matches in practice.

Q. It was nothing specific you did? There wasn't a singular play out there tonight where you hurt it?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not at all. It was before.

Q. Is there any concern you might have to withdraw because of the injury from this tournament?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Like I said, I'm going to talk with my therapist and see what the best thing for me to do. The way I felt tonight, I didn't feel very good at all. I wasn't even moving to any balls. I have tomorrow off, so maybe that can help. But I have to see what my therapist says.

Q. I know it might be too early for this, but...

SERENA WILLIAMS: I'm playing.

Q. One set and 2-Love, how did you manage to change the pace and the game?

SERENA WILLIAMS: I don't know (laughter). I was playing so bad. She was playing really good. She was moving very well actually. I played her before. She plays good when she's down. It seems like when she's down, she wants to come back and play good on some points. I don't know. I was down and out, and I just was so angry, I wanted to crack every racquet, but I didn't do it. That's a plus.

Q. Is the knee new since Wimbledon?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No.

Q. You tweaked it and it was bothering you a bit at Wimbledon, as well?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It was a little bit, like just because of the ankle issues, because it all kind of goes into play. It's all in the same leg, so...

Q. Is it about the same now as it was at Wimbledon?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, it's better now.

Q. Does it have any relation to the surgery?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, not at all. It's just because I had surgery on this leg before. After surgery, I got it really, really strong. I was playing well in the beginning of the year. When I injured my ankle, my leg, even after surgery, was still weaker than my right leg. I injured my ankle on my left leg, unfortunately. That happened to be the leg that I had surgery on my knee. When I wasn't moving and working out on my legs, I lost a lot of the strength that I had to build up in that area. So just the muscle tone over there, I just need a little extra strength in it.

Q. Does where you're from and what your background is manifest who you are on the court?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Not tonight. But I must say that sometimes it does. It definitely does. Sometimes I'll think about all the people myself and my sister have an impact on. I always say I'm playing for myself, but in the back of my mind I feel that there's a lot of people that live vicariously through us and never had an opportunity. We were fortunate enough to have great parents just who supported us with our careers. So I think about that every now and then - but not tonight.

Q. You mentioned you were having trouble getting to the ball, with your mobility. Do you attribute that strictly to your knee and ankle problems or is it also because you haven't played a match in a while?

SERENA WILLIAMS: No, I've been actually working really hard off court. I've been doing a lot of different things. It just felt weird. I think maybe I was just tired today. I don't know. Like I said in the beginning, I'm going to have to consult Ms. Brooks.

Q. Monica Seles was in here yesterday talking about how she just isn't ready to come back because she isn't the way she envisions herself. She wants to be the top 10 player. How frustrating is it to you that you can't be who you are on every shot?

SERENA WILLIAMS: That is frustrating. I can understand. She wants to come back?

Q. Not right now. She doesn't want to come back until she's ready, if at all.

SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, uhm, I don't envision -- oh, yeah. I forgot the question.

Q. Just your own experience, how frustrating is it that you can't be at the level you had been at? Is that a concern as far as future tournaments?

SERENA WILLIAMS: It is disappointing to go out there and be like, "Gosh, a couple months ago I would have got that shot." That kind of gets a little upsetting. I guess you have to work through it sometimes.

End of FastScripts….
Aug 17th, 2005 12:28 PM
V.S. Serena Williams edges Cohen-Aloro in second round of Rogers Cup
Julie ScottCanadian Press


Wednesday, August 17, 2005



TORONTO (CP) - Serena Williams was so frustrated with how she was playing Tuesday at the Rogers Cup she wanted to "crack every racket."

The American rallied from a rocky start to defeat Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the $1.3-million US women's tennis tournament. The fifth-seeded Williams, who hasn't played since Wimbledon due to an injured left ankle, struggled with her mobility on the court, often failing to get to balls well within her reach.

"I was playing so bad and she was playing so good, she was moving very well, actually," said Williams. "I've played her before and she plays well when she's down.

"I was so angry, I just wanted to crack every racket," she said. "But I didn't do it. That's a plus."

She said the ankle feels pretty good but that the injury has caused her knee to weaken. She planned to have her therapist look at it before deciding if she can continue playing in the tournament.

"I didn't feel very good at all," she said. "I wasn't even moving to any balls. I have tomorrow off so maybe that can help but I'll have to see what my therapist says."

With the U.S. Open less than two weeks away, Williams is using the Toronto event as a much-needed tune-up for the final Grand Slam of the season.

When asked if she would be well enough to play in New York, Williams didn't hesitate.

"I'm playing," she said firmly.

Cohen-Aloro, a 22-year-old ranked 92nd in the world who got into the tournament as a lucky loser, broke Williams to open the match but the American broke back then managed hold serve for a 2-1 lead. Cohen-Aloro then broke Williams again to take a 4-3 lead before breaking Williams a third time to take the set.

"It is disappointing to go out there and be like, 'Gosh, a couple months ago I would have got that shot,"' said Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion. "That kind of gets a little upsetting. I guess you have to work through it sometimes."

After the first set, the crowd tried to give the star player a boost as shouts of "Go Serena!" echoed throughout the Rexall Centre.

It must have worked.

Williams, 23, seemed to gain some confidence after going up a break in the second set, putting a little more pace on her serve and making less unforced errors.

The American broke Cohen-Aloro to open the third set then broke her again to take a 3-0 lead and put the match out of Cohen-Aloro's reach.

There are no Canadians left in the main draw after Antonella Serra Zanetti of Italy ousted Stephanie Dubois Laval, Que., with a 6-3, 6-2 first-round victory.

Earlier in the day, Amelie Mauresmo, the No. 2 seed and defending champion, defeated Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar 6-2, 6-3 while Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No. 3 seed from Russia, rallied from a horrible start to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 over Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.
Aug 17th, 2005 12:26 PM
V.S. Serena Williams Is Creaky in Return



By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: August 17, 2005
TORONTO, Aug. 16 - Serena Williams was clearly in pain during her first match in eight weeks and Stephanie Cohen Aloro, a 22-year-old qualifier from France and ranked No. 92 in the world, took advantage early in a first-round match in the Rogers Cup.

Williams, with a creaky left knee, double-faulted to give Cohen Aloro the first set, but she recovered enough of her old form to win, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Whether Williams, seeded fifth, will recover in time for her next match on Thursday is in doubt.




Afterward, Williams said she would have to consult with a W.T.A. tour trainer, Kerrie Brooks, about her knee. Williams sprained her left ankle in April and again before the French Open in May, and her left knee grew worse as a result, she said.

"Since it went bad, my ankle, my knee got a little weak - weaker than it has been in the past," Williams said. "The way I felt tonight, I didn't feel very good at all. I wasn't even moving to any balls."

Williams said she had been training consistently for three weeks, but match play forced her to move in different ways.

This tournament will be Williams's only warmup before the United States Open. When asked whether the knee would keep her from playing in the tournament, Williams, a two-time champion, smiled and said, "I'm playing."

Williams first sprained the ankle at Amelia Island in April and re-injured it in preparation for the French Open, where she withdrew before the start. At Wimbledon, she was upset in the third round in straight sets by Jill Craybas.
Aug 17th, 2005 02:39 AM
V.S. Venus Williams pulls out of Toronto tournament
Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:40 AM BST



TORONTO, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's WTA tournament in Toronto, the WTA Tour announced.

Williams had pulled out of this week's event in Stockholm with the flu.

Top seed and soon to be number one Maria Sharapova said on Friday that she was also doubtful for the Toronto tournament due to a chest injury.

Russia's Elena Bovina, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Likhovtseva also pulled out of the event, as did Australia's Alicia Molik.

However, second seed Amelie Mauresmo, third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne and fourth seed Serena Williams are expected to play.

Over the past three weeks, seven of the WTA Tour's top 11 players have withdrawn from tournaments or retired from matches.
Aug 17th, 2005 02:37 AM
V.S. TennisTue, Aug 16, 2005 Serena returns to the court Tuesday at Rogers Cup Associated Press



TORONTO - American Serena Williams plays her first match since Wimbledon on Tuesday night when she faces French lucky loser Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the second round at the $1.3 million Rogers Cup.

The 2005 Australian Open champion and the fifth seed here, Williams has not played since getting stunned by fellow American Jill Craybas in the third round at Wimbledon due to a left ankle injury. More Stories• Querrey wins first-round matchMauresmo says she was rustyHewitt, Safin advance in comebacksMauresmo advances to third roundLipsky beats Norman in Bronx opener

While Williams was one of eight seeds to receive a first-round bye, Cohen-Aloro beat qualifier Selima Sfar of Tunisia, 6-2, 7-5, on Monday.

In the only other second-round matches Tuesday, two-time champion and second seed Amelie Mauresmo of France plays Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar and No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia opposes Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

Kuznetsova, the reigning U.S. Open champion, is just 1-2 since Wimbledon, losing her last two matches.

Top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia pulled out of this Tier I hardcourt event Sunday after suffering a right pectoral strain at last week`s JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles. The 19-year-old, who withdrew from that event prior to her quarterfinal against Daniela Hantuchova on Friday, will take over the world No. 1 ranking from American Lindsay Davenport on August 22, becoming the first Russian to hold the distinction.

Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, the reigning French Open champion and the 2003 winner here, is the fourth seed and awaits Russian Evgenia Linetskaya or Argentine qualifier Mariana Diaz-Oliva. Henin-Hardenne is 27-2 with four titles in 2005, losing only in the quarterfinals of her season debut at Miami to Sharapova and to Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the first round at Wimbledon.

Two of the hottest players on tour, Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Mary Pierce of France, are seeded seventh and eighth, respectively. Clijsters won the JPMorgan Chase Open final over Hantuchova on Sunday, while the Canadian-born Pierce won the Acura Classic two weeks ago.

In an early first-round result, No. 10 Nathalie Dechy of France defeated Colombian Fabiola Zuluaga, 6-2, 6-4.

A pair of seeded Serbians were in action Tuesday as No. 11 Jelena Jankovic was playing Na Li of China and No. 12 Ana Ivanovic defeated Italian Tathiana Garbin, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Also, 13th-seeded Hantuchova of Slovakia plays Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova; No. 14 Flavia Pennetta of Italy opposes qualifier Maria Sanchez Lorenzo of Spain; and No. 15 Dinara Safina of Russia meets Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives.

In all, winners of 12 of the last 14 Grand Slams are in the draw of the event, which alternates between Montreal and Toronto on a yearly basis. This year, the new Rexall Centre hosts the tournament. First prize is $189,000.
Aug 16th, 2005 06:43 PM
V.S. TIGER MOVES SERENA
Williams says the world's best golfer motivates her to play at a higher level

By BILL HARRIS, TORONTO SUN

SERENA WILLIAMS gave a surprising answer when asked what motivates her at this stage of life.

"Tiger Woods motivates me," Williams said yesterday.

"He's what, 27 or 28? And I'm 23. I have seven Grand Slam victories and he has 10. So that motivates me."

Actually, Tiger is 29.

And he's a golfer, not a tennis player.


"I have an unofficial competition with him," Williams said.

Does Tiger know about this?

"No," Williams said with a smile.

"He's ahead of me, but I'm a little younger. I root for him all the time. I love him. I think he's incredible."

Well, Williams won't add to her Grand Slam list this week if she wins the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre at York University. But Williams can hone her game for the U.S. Open, which takes place in New York later this month.

Williams is making only her third appearance in Toronto for a pro tennis tournament, and her first since 2001, when she won the event. Her first match this year is scheduled for tonight at 7:30 p.m., against Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France.

This week, Williams will be getting most of the attention from casual tennis fans in Toronto, since her sister Venus (flu) and current 'It' girl Maria Sharapova (strained right pectoral muscle) pulled out of the Rogers Cup over the past few days.

Serena insisted yesterday that tennis -- Grand Slam events in particular -- still is her top priority. But noticeably, she became most animated when discussing her current TV reality show, which also features Venus.

"Last week it was hilarious, because I actually broke up with someone on the show," Serena said. "Honestly, I thought that was so funny, because here I am in the stands, talking, and it was really very awkward how it went on.

"I forgot the cameras were on me and I was saying, 'I can't do this, I need more time.' It totally was very, very weird. I mean, I realized the cameras were on me, but I just thought they were recording Venus' match, because this all was going on while Venus was playing."

Speaking of playing, Serena hasn't played since Wimbledon, partially because of an ankle injury that subsequently affected her knee, but also because, well, she often takes a lot of time off after Wimbledon. The Williams sisters have been criticized in recent years for being merely part-time athletes, but Serena bristled at that suggestion.

"No, that isn't the case at all," she said.

"I have a great guy who looks over my (fashion) company, so all I do is sketch in my room and send them in, that's it. And as for acting, I haven't gotten any roles lately because I keep turning them down to train and play tournaments."

Williams said she hopes her reality show will make it clear to everyone just how focused she is on tennis. If Serena recognized the potential contradiction in her statement, she failed to indicate as much.

"We do have other interests, and we love each other, yada yada yada," Serena said of herself and her sister. "But at the end of the day, we're really tennis players."

Serena may be a tennis player, but her main rival apparently is a golfer. Even if that golfer is unaware of it.

"I'm a little behind Tiger," Serena said. "I have some catch-up work to do."
Aug 16th, 2005 06:42 PM
Staticbeef
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miching~Mallecho
What?!
Serena....me no likey this idea.
Me no likey this idea at all...

_________________________________________________
*edit*
Well...the more I think about it, the more I think Rena is making the right decision. She can use this tournament to gauge her level of play. She knows that she's not yet 100%. This will give her an opportunity to know what she needs to work on.
I see her reasons now…
GOOOOOOOOOOO RENA!!!
....me no likey this idea.
Me no likey this idea at all...

_________________________________________________

I feel you on this Miching, guess we all will know tonight.
Aug 16th, 2005 02:53 PM
ampers&
Quote:
Originally Posted by V.S.
"This tournament [in Toronto] is going to be my only one before the U.S. Open," she said. "This is a really big tournament for me. It would be great to actually play some matches before I go because I'm not playing anything else."
What?!
Serena....me no likey this idea.
Me no likey this idea at all...
_________________________________________________
*edit*
Well...the more I think about it, the more I think Rena is making the right decision. She can use this tournament to gauge her level of play. She knows that she's not yet 100%. This will give her an opportunity to know what she needs to work on.
I see her reasons now…
GOOOOOOOOOOO RENA!!!
Aug 16th, 2005 12:24 PM
V.S.
Rogers Cup 2005

TENNIS NOTEBOOK

Injury still nags Serena Williams


By BEVERLEY SMITH

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 Page S3


Serena Williams has played little since injuring herself at the Italian Open in May. At the Rogers Cup in Toronto yesterday, she said she's still not where she wants to be.

"I definitely feel better than I was in the past," she said of the left ankle injury that also caused her knee to flare up.

Williams had undergone surgery in August, 2003, to repair a partial tear in her left knee, forcing her out of a string of tournaments.

In the meantime, she's been working "on some things in my game," she said. "I always come to a tournament trying to go the distance. That's why I'm here. I would love to be still training somewhere. But I'm trying to take it one day at a time, one match at a time."



Her sister, Venus, withdrew from the Rogers Cup with an injury.

Serena has played only three matches at Wimbledon since the injury, and was lacklustre. She did win the Australian Open this year and is ranked seventh in the world.

"This tournament [in Toronto] is going to be my only one before the U.S. Open," she said. "This is a really big tournament for me. It would be great to actually play some matches before I go because I'm not playing anything else."

Both Venus and Serena have activities other than tennis to occupy them. Serena sketches fashion designs.

They are also filming a new reality show called Venus and Serena: For Real, airing on the ABC Family network. Yesterday, Williams giggled when she talked about her oddest moment: breaking up with a guy during the show. She said she didn't realize the cameras were on her.

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