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Erratic Venus Charges Into the Second Round
Tue May 27, 2003 11:18 PM ET
By Pritha Sarkar
PARIS (Reuters) - Venus Williams overcame a stuttering start to reach the second round of the French Open by beating fellow American Samantha Reeves 6-2 6-4 Tuesday.

Williams, who has failed to win a grand slam since her triumph at the 2001 U.S. Open, was clearly below her best after being sidelined for the last couple of weeks with an abdominal strain.

But she refused to blame her injury for her performance.

"I was simply off with my timing today," she said. "I'm doing okay and took things easy."

The 22-year-old exchanged breaks with Reeves in the first four games of the match as both players struggled to find their footing as dusk fell over the Suzanne Lenglen court.

But the third seed finally found her range to reel off five straight games to clinch the opening set.

Her erratic play returned at the beginning of the second as she once again swapped breaks with the 108th ranked Reeves and had to fend off three break points before going 2-1 up.

Reeves kept pace with Williams throughout the set, but her resolve finally crumbled when she served to stay in the match at 4-5 down and sailed a forehand wide on her opponent's second match point.

"I was actually having fun out there and the more fun I have, the better I'll play," said Williams, who has lost the last four grand slam finals to her younger sister Serena.

"Each of those loses were very disappointing," said the four-times slam winner, ranked number three in the world. "I just can't get used to losing as I definitely want to be successful."
 

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As long as she is having fun, the good results will come.
 

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I'm glad to hear she is feeling good and enjoying herself. And I'm glad to see those loses did have an effect on her.

Go V keep on trucking :)
 

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:D

that title bugs me though. Agassi was 2 sets down but he made 'an amazing comeback'. Venus held the lead in both sets but she's 'erratic'. WTF? :rolleyes:
 

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doesn't it just kill u? and agassi had well over 80 errors :rolleyes:

and still its such amazment to the rest :)
 

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The fact that she's conscient that she played poorly tells me that everything will be alright in the next rounds!
 

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WHAT A TRUE TENNIS PLAYING CHAMPION should SAY!:)

"I just can't get used to losing as I definitely want to be successful."


U gotta love the Queen V.:)

Oh those biased people involved in tennis. They praise and kiss thy Ass of Agassi but yet claim erratic play while writing about Venus.

Politics, u gotta admit it though. They sure do love those good ole boys don't they?
 

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bump NWA! I'm starting WFWA! (williams fans with attitude)

our first single will be 'FUCK the media!' y'all feel me?
 

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Hey this is a great idea.

Count me in! WFWA club is gonna be fun.:)

Fight the Power!

Hey ESPN is like Public Enemy's "Channel Zero":)
 

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show ya right! :D

Just like TC started that SW interview thread to battle the ongoing assault against Serena's 'arrogance'... we should all just get together and say 'F the media and all haters!' :bounce:

perpetrators and playa hatas:
Pam Shriver
the McEnidiot Brothers
Chris Evert
Tracy Austin
Gabby Sabatini
Mary Joe Fernandez
all AP/Reuters writers
help me out here... :)
 

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Knizzle said:
"Each of those loses were very disappointing," said the four-times slam winner, ranked number three in the world. "I just can't get used to losing as I definitely want to be successful."

Go for it girl! :wavey:
 

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cariosity said:
bump NWA! I'm starting WFWA! (williams fans with attitude)

our first single will be 'FUCK the media!' y'all feel me?

You can invite Missy Elliot to sing it :D
 

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and have her 'freaky, freaky' ing all through it... :p

actually that would be cool, we could rewrite gossip folks!
 

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What a great idea...!!!

:cool: I want to "join" the WFWA; count me in too...!!!

As far as Venus is concerned, I think she'll be okay, as she moves through the draw. Each match will strengthen her resolve and her technic. LOOK OUT HATERS, 'CAUSE MS. VEE IS BACK IN TOWN...!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
 
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