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<font size=4 color=lime> Tournament Summary for Day 8, The Semifinals</font>

<font size=4 color=fuchsia> Venus Williams vs Mary Pierce</font>



<br />Venus Williams won her first round match handily over Chanda Rubin, but it was in her second round match against Croatia's Iva Majoli that Williams faultered badly after dominating the first set 6-1. Majoli upped her play and held several matchpoints in the third set, but this is when Williams found her game and surged ahead full throttle snatching the victory from Majoli's grasp with blistering groundstrokes. I mentioned the above because since that moment, Venus Williams has been on fire. Williams handily beat Seles 6-4, 6-1 in the quaterfinals, and then clobbered Mary Pierce 6-0 in the first set. Williams had the lead for the majority of the second set until a momentary lapse in concentration let Pierce pull even at 5-5. Venus then won the next two games at love, seizing the match 6-0, 7-5. Pierce did not play badly, neither did Seles, Venus is just in the zone right now and she is in the final ... looking hungry!

<font size=4 color=fuchsia> Lindsay Davenport vs Serena Williams</font>



From many a fans point of view, this was arguably going to be the closer match. Williams scored first blood in the first set behind lightning fast returns, which allowed her to break Davenport's serve in the sixth game to lead 4-2. Davenport broke back after holding her own serve to even things at 4-4. Williams then broke Davenport at love to position herself to serve for the first set at 5-4, she reached set point twice, then unforced errors krept in that allowed Davenport to break back at 5-5. Williams breaks Davenport at 15 to lead 6-5, but Davenport returns the favor, breaking Williams at 30 to set up a tiebreaker.

In the tie breaker, Williams raced to a 4-1 lead, but Davenport battled back to lead 5-4. Williams then blasted consecutive aces to lead 6-5 ... another set point. Davenport serves Williams severely wide and then slams the return away for a winner back behind Williams, 6-6. Davenport strikes an ace ... 7-6 Davenport. Williams next serve is clocked at 112mph, but it lands slightly wide. Williams does not like the call, her second delivery lands short, and Davenport punishes the return away cleanly with a monster forehand. The second set was pretty much the same, 4-2 Williams ... 5-3 Williams ... 6-6, another breaker. From 3-6 down in the breaker, Davenport battles back to lead 7-6, matchpoint.

Williams fires two aces to lead 8-7. Davenport saves the setpoint with a volley winner, and wins the next point with a backhand passing shot hit on the run ... 9-8, matchpoint Davenport. Willams just shakes her head, she then slams a serve out wide to the add-court that looks like an ace, but on a the full stretch Davenport lunges and sends a backhand return around the nest post and up the line, on the line for a outright winner .. Davenport wins it 7-6(6), 7-6(8). Williams was still shaking her head afterwards because she knew she let control of both sets get away from her. Kudos to Davenport for hanging tough and finding a way to triumph when she was closerthanthis to losing. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<font size=4 color=fuchsia> Pediction on the Women's final</font>

Considering how things are going, you have to think that Venus Williams will win this match in two lopsided sets, or Lindsay Davenport will claim it in three hardfought sets. The consenus room picks Venus Williams 6-3, 7-5 ... we'll see? <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<br /><font size=4 color=dodgerblue> Patrick Rafter vs Alex Corretja</font>



With the exception of his 6-4, 7-5 win over Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals, Patrick Rafter has breezed into the semifinals of the Bryn Mawr Cup. Alex Corretja played fantastic tennis to best Germany's Tommy Haas in the quarters, but it was a match that he was in control of, one that should not have gone to three sets. Sadly for Corretja, he left his best tennis on the court during the Haas win. Corretja moved lethargically throughout his one sided 6-0, 6-2 loss to Rafter.

Rafter played beautifully, he hit spinning high kick serves to all areas of the service box ... chipped and charged behind deftly placed approach shots to setup easy volley winners. Rafter had control of the match from start to finish, and ended it with a high crosscourt backhand volley. When they shook hands, Rafter whispered in Corretja's ear what was later found out to be " Sorry you had a bad day mate, but you should be proud of your results on grass here". There you have it folks, Rafter is not only handsome, he is a great tennis player ... and a fine gentleman. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<font size=4 color=dodgerblue> Marat safin vs Max Mirnyi</font>



Marat Safin has brutalized all of his opponents so far, so when he won the first set 6-3, nobody was shocked ... but they were shocked when Mirnyi came from a break down at 3-4 to level the match at one set apiece ... capturing the second set 6-4. Mirnyi won the second set by rushing Safin, he came to the net behind every shot, whether they were good or bad shots, he just came in because he must have figured out he had nothing to lose and didn't want to end up like Greg Rusedski (Safin trounced Rusedki 6-1, 6-1). <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Safin was livid, he came to the net himself repeatedly at the start of the third set, a tactic which scored him an early break to lead 2-0. Mirnyi was somewhat shaken by this because he hadn't had to hit passing shots the whole match. With Mirnyi now confused and questionng his abilty to pass off of the backhand wing, Safin called upon the "SafinExpress" to finish him off. Huge serves accompanied by powerful well placed groundstorkes that constantly found Mirnyi off balance, and always guessing the wrong way. Game, set and match Safin, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

<font size=4 color=dodgerblue> Pediction on the Men's final</font>

Both Patrick Rafter and Marat Safin have played phenomenal tennis to reach the final, both men were very dismissive of their opponents, with vastly different playing styles. The consensus room thinks that the grasscourts will be the deciding factor, and they pick Rafter to win 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 ... I bet the "SafinExpress" has something to say about this! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

<br /><font size=4 color=lime> The finals are tonight at 10.00PM boardtime ... be there <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> </font>

[ December 06, 2001: Message edited by: Big Lindsay ]</p>
 

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This is not the voting thread friends, but remember you have a total of 5 matches to vote on. You must vote on all 5 matches in order for your votes to count. All 5 championships are being contested tonight at 10.00PM boardtime.

Womens Singles Final<br />Mens Singles Final<br />Womens Doubles Final<br />Mens Doubles Final<br />Mixed Doubles Final

So please remember to vote on all 5 of these matches. I will post the voting thread promptly at 10.00PM. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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