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VENUS CRUISES THROUGH
Venus Williams has cruised into the second round of the US Open by defeating her countrywoman Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the opening round. Venus won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-1. Venus looked in fine form and she absolutely demolished Bethanie. In the post match interview, Venus said that the conditions were very tough. It was pretty windy out here and it was not easy to bring power into the shots. But, she is happy that everything went according to the plan and she won the match easily. On being asked about her opponent, Venus said that she has played against Bethanie before and Bethanie has always been a tough competitor. But, she was not at her best today.
Venus didn’t manage to start the match well. Her service was broken by Bethanie in the very first game of the first set. Bethanie held her service in the second game to take a lead of 2-0. But, Venus levelled the score by sneaking a breakthrough in the 4th game. Venus broke Bethanie’s service again in the 6th game and got ahead in the set by 4-2. The American superstar held her service in the 7th game and the 9th game to grab the first set by 6-3. In the second set, Venus was in a destructive mood. Both the players held their service in the first two games and the scores were levelled at 1-1 at the end of the 2nd game. But, after that, Venus gave no chance to Bethanie. She broke Bethanie’s service thrice in the second set and won the last five games in a row to seal the match. In the second round, Venus will play against Angelique Kerber who made her way to the second round with an easy victory over Anne Keothavong of Britain.
VENUS FALLS IN THIRD
Venus Williams has been defeated in the third round of the Women’s tennis Singles tournament of London Olympics by Angelique Kerber of Germany. Angelique won the match in the straight sets by 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). It was a very close encounter and both the sets went into the tie breaker. But, the German youngster held her nerves in both the tie breakers and won the match to secure a berth in the quarter finals.
Kerber broke the service of Venus in the very first game of the match and then held his service in the following game to make the score 2-0. But, Venus was also able to get a breakthrough in the eighth game and the scores were leveled at 4-4. Towards the end of the first set, both the players broke the service of each other to tie the score at 6-6. In the tie breaker, Venus didn’t play that well and lost the first set. The story of the second set is pretty similar to the first one. Both the players got one breakthrough in the second set and the scores were tied again. Once again, Kerber performed brilliantly in the tie breaker and knocked Venus out of the competition.
Venus had been playing well in this competition. In the last two matches, she had shown her old class. She played well in this match as well, but, she missed some opportunities in the tie breaker and that proved costly for her. In the post match press conference, Venus said that she got demoralized after losing the first set. As per Venus, she tried her best in the second set, but, it was not her day and she lost the match. On the other hand, Kerber was delighted after beating Venus. In the quarter final, Kerber will play against the no. 1 player in the world, Victoria Azarenka.
VENUS TO PLAY AT FAMILY CIRCLE
The Family Circle Cup, scheduled to take place between the 31st of March and the 1st of April just got a superstar boost in the form of former world number one Venus Williams who confirmed her participation in the event to be held on Daniel Island.
Samantha Stosur, the current world number five will defend her crown at the event and Russian beauty Vera Zvonareva will also be playing in the tournament but the addition of home favorite Venus to the event adds a much required star charisma to the event.
This will be the first time that Venus will play at the hard courts of Tennis Centre where she last played and won the title way back in 2004. Venus is hoping to get her form and fitness level up after returning to professional tennis in the Fed Cup tie against Belarus, having already missed the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. Venus Williams is extremely excited about returning to the event after such a long gap and she couldn’t hide her happiness in the press meet where she said that she was extremely pleased to be back.
What makes Venus’s participation in the tournament all the more appealing is the fact the Original 9 will be felicitated and recognized for their contribution to the world of women’s tennis. Speaking about the recognition for the original 9, Venus said that it was a great gesture on part of the WTA because without these people, women’s professional tennis would not have scaled the heights it has over the years.
Not only was the American pleased at being able to play at the event, the hosts are also excited to have Venus Williams on board, which means that more and more people will line up to see the event.
VENUS WITHDRAWS FROM AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Venus Williams, seven-time Grand Slam winner, has withdrawn from playing in this year’s Australian Open. She has been plagued with injuries since the middle of the 2010 season. Besides, she has been struggling with her fight against Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.
The disease is caused from fatigue and joint pains, something that the tennis star has often faced in her long and illustrious career. The disease is characterized by a loss of energy and severe joint pains.
She posted on her personal website, mentioning that she won’t be taking part in the upcoming Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the calendar year. She also said that while she has been out of the competitive circuit for over 5 months, she has been in intensive training and has been under constant supervision and treatment.
She hopes to return to competitive fitness in quick time. Due to her absence from the professional circuit, her ranking has been constantly slipping. She also pulled out of the WTA event held in Auckland. In fact, she hasn’t played professionally since August 2011.
Venus Williams in the Australian Open
Venus Williams may have to sit out most of last season due to prolonged illness and injuries but the seven time Grand Slam winner will definitely be back on court for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open that begins Down Under on the 16th of January, 2012 according to the director of the tournament, Craig Tiley. Although the older of the two Williams sisters withdrew from a tournament in New Zealand that was supposed to be a practice tournament for her before the Australian Open due to illness, she will travel to Australia for the first major tournament of the year, a title that she won way back in 2003.
The 101st ranked player in the world, Venus has been receiving treatment for an auto immune disease that doctors have termed as Sjogren’s syndrome for the last couple of months pulled out of the tournament in New Zealand that is scheduled between the 2nd and 7th of January, according to the organizers. But Craig Tiley said that both the Williams sisters will travel to Australia for the Grand Slam.
Venus Williams, who has been a champion at Wimbledon a staggering five times played in only four tournaments in 2011 due to the illness and was also suffering from a hip injury that made her miss four months of action in the last calendar year. But according to her representative, she is fit and raring to go as she aims to climb up the WTA rankings from 101.
This is the lowest ranking that she has managed in 15 years of professional tennis and Venus Williams aims to set things into perspective by winning the first Grand Slam tournament of the year and win a tournament that she has been the winner only once in her career.