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Serena Has Only Herself to Fear at French Open
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By Bill Barclay

PARIS (Reuters) - Serena Williams (news - web sites) believes only one person can stop her retaining the French Open (news - web sites) title -- Serena Williams.


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The all-conquering American set up a quarter-final clash with home favorite Amelie Mauresmo by beating Japan's Ai Sugiyama in straight sets Sunday.


It is now 20 months since she has lost a match at a grand slam event, her defeat by sister Venus in the final of the 2001 U.S. Open (news - web sites).


"All the matches I have lost I've pretty much beaten myself," said the top seed at Roland Garros, who missed the 2002 Australian Open (news - web sites) through injury but won the French Open, Wimbledon (news - web sites) and U.S. Open that year before taking this year's Australian Open.


"It's been that way for a couple of years now. Whenever I lose it's not because the girl I lost to just played an outstanding match. It's normally because I'm making 80 errors, just not doing the things I need to do."


Top seed Williams was far from at her best in her 7-5 6-3 win over Sugiyama and accepted she would need to improve against Mauresmo.


"I made a lot of errors. I was slightly off today," said Williams, who swept aside Austrian Barbara Schett, 6-0, 6-0, in the previous round.


"I just wasn't hitting the shots the way I was the other day. I was just a little off. But there's no need to worry.


"I'm a little upset with myself and I'm definitely going to try to be more focused in my next round, try some different things and just be more positive as well. But it helps me. It's nice to have a tougher match under your belt."


Williams knows her French opponent will have the backing of a passionate Roland Garros crowd in the last eight, but she is not concerned.


"I'm going to have to play a little bit better than today," the 21-year-old said. "She's playing really well and she's riding on confidence as well.


"She's definitely going to have the crowd on her side and all those factors. But in the end I'm just going to go out there and do my best and really enjoy myself.


"I've played in the most hostile arenas so it definitely won't bother me at all. I played her at home in the indoors earlier this year. I was pumped up then. It definitely gets me motivated, gets me going."
 

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I hope SO much that Amélie will beat her.
 

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Good luck Amélie!!!

if she can't beat her, I hope she can make it at least a loooooooooooong match :cool:
 

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You have to love these "TWEE" little news reports written primarily for American news outlets to pick up on. I do not even visit the WTA site anymore, it has become so pro-American it is sickening. It is getting harder and harder to find balanced reporting on Tennis anymore. :rolleyes:
 

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Flatstat said:
You have to love these "TWEE" little news reports written primarily for American news outlets to pick up on. I do not even visit the WTA site anymore, it has become so pro-American it is sickening. It is getting harder and harder to find balanced reporting on Tennis anymore. :rolleyes:
I agree, the WTA site has caught the general American disease I,m afraid - collectively they think the whole world is against them these days. They seem to be a horrible mix of aggression and defence all at the same time. You can see it in a lot of the US posters on these pages and also on the BBC Sport site (the have your say section).

They'll get over it eventually I hope, cos quite frankly their attitude is starting to bore the arse off me.
 

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Best of luck Serena.;)
 

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Kart said:
Sometimes, Serena doesn't do herself any favours.

Neither does that article.
she did it for her fans.:devil:
 

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Lol @ Serena ! I thought her losses to Justine and then Amelie would have brought her back on earth but nah looks like Amelie will have to do it again :rolleyes:

Go AMELIE ! :worship:
 

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Go Amélie!
 

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Flatstat said:
. It is getting harder and harder to find balanced reporting on Tennis anymore. :rolleyes:
You were able to find it in the first place?

I hope that Amelie will beat her too, but that has nothing to do with Serena or anything she's said.

Best of luck to both, but
roll mauresmo!
 

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griffin said:
I hope that Amelie will beat her too, but that has nothing to do with Serena or anything she's said.
It gets harder and harder to find balanced posters anymore but we just may have one here.

Key word: may ;)
 

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I hope Serena wins, but I hope it's like 3-hour long marathon match so Serena will fall to the mighty David! (Justine)
 

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The only problem with Rena's comment was that it was expressed in public. All dominant champions believed that winning or losing was a matter settled on their side of the court. Sure, they recognise that some players have game and can be difficult. But they need to be thoroughly convinced that their best is better.

Rena's sin was a disregard for some bit of unspoken etiquette. If that's what gets you guys going, then fine. But I want Serena's place in history to be closer to those of Navratilova and Graf, than of Sabatini or Davenport.
 

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Good post azinna!

Serena keep speaking your mind. You are not only the world's number one, but also the best player on the tour. Of course your level of play dictates the outcome of your matches. Serena can make twice the number of ue's and still win against all other players, she's that good.

If she can handle the I.W. crowd...the worst in the history of tennis, she can certainly handle this French crowd.
 

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Go Serena Take Her Out!
 

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Babrygirl just saying it like it is! :hearts:
 

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Again Its Only The Fans Of The Other Players That Don't Appreciate Serena's Comments.

Players Agree With Serena
And The Commentators Agree With Serena

Its Only The Fans That Are Having The Problems The Comments Serena Are Saying :rolleyes:
 
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