Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball against Patricia Wartusch of Austria during the second round match in the Toyota Princess Cup 2002 tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. Williams defeated Wartusch 6-0, 6-2. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Patricia Wartusch of Austria at the $585,000 Toyota Princess Cup tennis tournament in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2002. Williams beat Wartusch, 6-0, 6-2. The match was the first for Williams, the world's top-ranked woman player, since she won the U.S. Open. (Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
Serena Williams of the United States acknowledges cheers from the spectators after defeating Patricia Wartusch of Austria during the second round match in the Toyota Princess Cup 2002 tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. Williams defeated Wartusch 6-0, 6-2. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Sep 18, 02:29 PT
Serena Williams of the United States gives her autograph to Japanese fans after defeating Patricia Wartusch of Austria during the second round match in the Toyota Princess Cup 2002 tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. Williams defeated Wartusch 6-0, 6-2. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara
Tokyo, Japan (Sports Network) - World No. 1 Serena Williams recorded the 200th singles win of her professional career on Wednesday by beating Austria's Patricia Wartusch, 6-0, 6-2 in the second round of the Princess Cup tennis event.
It's been an incredible run for Williams since she played her first professional match in October 1995. She got onto the tennis map with a stunning win over then-world No. 7 Mary Pierce and No. 4 Monica Seles in November 1997. Williams, who was ranked 304th and was 16-years-old at the time, became the lowest-ranked woman in history to beat two top 10 players at the same event.
Williams, the reigning French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, is aiming for her seventh WTA title this year, which would equal the number of events captured by her older sister Venus this season.
There was one other second-round match Wednesday and Russian Elena Likhovtseva upset eighth seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4. Sanchez- Vicario had reached the final here last year before losing to Jelena Dokic.
Sixth seed Tatiana Panova of Russia and seventh seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand won their first-round matches on Wednesday. Panova downed Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, while Tanasugarn beat Adriana Serra Zanetti of Italy, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
In other first-round matches, Australian Nicole Pratt defeated Spaniard Gala Leon Garcia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya ousted Croatian qualifier Silvija Talaja, 6-3, 6-4; Argentine Clarisa Fernandez beat Hungary's Petra Mandula, 7-5, 6-2; and Australian qualifier Alicia Molik breezed past Spain's Cristina Torrens-Valero, 6-4, 6-2. Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova was ahead 5-0 in the first set of her match with Tina Pisnik of Slovenia when her opponent retired due to stomach illness.
Dokic, the second seed, will play her second-round match Thursday against Krasnoroutskaya. It will be the third straight year the two will play each other in the second round of this event. Krasnoroutskaya, playing in just her fourth singles tournament this year after injuring her ankle at the Australian Open, has fallen to her Yugoslavian foe on both previous occasions.
Third seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium will play the 17-year-old Kuznetsova on Thursday. Fourth seed Anna Smashnova of Israel, fresh off last week's title match win over Anna Kournikova in Shanghai, will play American Amy Frazier. Fifth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan will take on Pratt.
The winner of this $585,000 outdoor-hardcourt event will claim $93,000.
Easy win for Serena Williams in Japan September 18, 2002
TOKYO (AP) -- Playing her first singles match since winning the U.S. Open, Serena Williams routed Patricia Wartusch 6-0, 6-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Toyota Princess Cup.
Williams, ranked No. 1, won this event two years ago.
``I talked to Martina (Navratilova) before the match and she said it's always tough to get motivated after winning a Grand Slam,'' Williams said. ``But after the first few games I started to get into it and it felt good to win.''
She defeated the 74th-ranked Wartusch in more than an hour at Ariake Colosseum.
Williams looked as if she would go the entire match without dropping a game, but Wartusch held serve in the third game of the second set. The Austrian raised both arms as if she had won the match.
``I didn't go into the match expecting to not lose a game,'' Williams said. ``But when I was up 3-0 in the first set I thought maybe I could do it.''
In 1998, Williams blanked Larisa Neiland 6-0, 6-0 at the Acura Classic in Los Angeles.
Wartusch came back to win the fifth game but Williams broke in the next game before serving out the match.
Williams, who had only one double fault, wasn't totally satisfied with her serve.
``It usually takes me awhile to get my serve going,'' she said. ``It gets better as the tournament goes on.''
Williams next faces the winner of Thursday's match between Nicole Pratt and Ai Sugiyama. Defending champion Jelena Dokic opens Thursday against Lina Krasnoroutskaya.
Also Wednesday, Elena Likhovtseva scored a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4 victory over Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Pratt defeated Gala Leon Garcia 6-3, 7-6.
Serena cruises in Toyota Princess Cup
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World number one Serena Williams demolished Austrian Patricia Wartusch 6-0 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Toyota Princess Cup on Wednesday in her first singles match since winning the U.S. Open.
The American converted three out of three break points as the 2000 Princess Cup champion breezed through the first set in 20 minutes against her unseeded opponent at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
Williams, who complained afterwards that it had been difficult motivating herself after beating sister Venus in the U.S. Open final on September 7, was hardly extended in the second set and wrapped up the match in just 50 minutes.
"I was talking to Martina Navratilova today about how after she won all her grand slams, the toughest match was the first match after," said the 20-year-old, who is playing doubles with Navratilova in Tokyo this week.
"I felt it in practice. I haven't even had a week off and I found it very hard to be motivated. Martina said she experienced the same thing and that helped me realise it was normal."
Williams, who has won six WTA titles this season, including the last three grand slams, will play either Ai Sugiyama of Japan or Australian Nicole Pratt next.
Never fully tested by Wartusch, Williams warned that she would raise her game -- in particular her first-serve percentage -- in time for the quarter-finals on Friday.
"It usually takes a while for my serve to warm up in the first and second round. But once I reach the quarter-finals I tend to hit a groove," she said.
Meanwhile, Russian Elena Likhovtseva upset number eight seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-2 6-7 6-4 in a marathon second-round match lasting two hours, 15 minutes on centre court.
In first-round matches, sixth seed Tatiana Panova of Russia overcame Slovakian Henrieta Nagyova 6-2 1-6 6-4, while seventh seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand beat Italy's Adriana Serra Zanetti 6-2 7-6.
Pratt, meanwhile, defeated Gala Leon Garcia of Spain 6-3 7-6, while Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia beat Croatia's Silvija Talaja 6-3 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with defending champion Jelena Dokic.
Elsewhere, Russian qualifier Svetlana Kuznetsova was 5-0 up in the first set against Tina Pisnik before her Slovenian opponent was forced to retire with back pain. Kuznetsova will play third seed Kim Clijsters in the second round on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Clarisa Fernandez of Argentina beat Hungarian Petra Mandula 7-5 6-2 and Alicia Molik of Australia thrashed Spain's Cristina Torrens Valero 6-4 6-2.
World number one tennis player Serena Williams wears a Chinese style jacket she received as a gift from a local tailor at the end of a press conference in Hong Kong on Friday, Sept. 13, 2002. Williams, who is in Hong Kong to stage a tennis demonstration on Saturday, and will head north, Sunday, for the Princess Cup in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Anat Givon)
Top ranked tennis player Serena Williams from the United States puts on a traditional Chinese outfit in Hong Kong, September 13, 2002. Williams, who just won the U.S. Open, will be in Hong Kong for a three-day visit before flying to Japan to participate in a tournament. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
World Number One ranked tennis player Serena Williams (L) from the United States and Macau tycoon Stanley Ho, who owns 10 casinos in the enclave, walk off the court after a demonstration session in Hong Kong, September 14, 2002. Williams, who just won the U.S. Open, is on a three-day visit. REUTERS/Kin Cheung
Name: Cori "Coco" Gauff
Born: March 13, 2004
Residence: Delray Beach, Florida
Nationality: United States of America
Plays right-handed / double-handed backhand
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Coach: Corey Gauff / Gerard Loglo
Age started tennis: 7
It is time for a thread just for Madison. I love her enthusiasm and determination. She has improved greatly over the past year and I was really impressed with her at the US Open qualifiers.
Good luck at the US Open Juniors Madi!
This 14 year old tennis prodigy has a good future ahead of her.
Last year she won the USTA Girls 16 Clay Court Championships' singles crown at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club, her 4th USTA gold ball that she has won.
Also made it to the 3rd round of the Junior US Open.
Last week, won...
Tornado's younger sister won last week's G4 in Barbados and this week's G4 in Trinidad, all with the loss of just one set.
In the opening round last week she drew the #2 seed and beat her comfortably (62 63).
In R1 this week she drew the #1 seed (#222) and destroyed her (61 61).
I thought I'll start a thread to cheer for and share results and news of Akilah James. She was born in Grenada and played for her country this year on the pro tour until a few weeks ago when she took the US citizenship.
Here's her profile:
Players | WTA Tennis English
hope she keeps climbing...