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Venus Williams January 2008

Venus Williams' Australian Open Interview Online
1.29.2008 MELBOURNE-- Q. Why do you think that got away from you? VENUS WILLIAMS: I think she played good tennis today. Definitely I have to give a lot of credit to her. She played really well, made a lot of good shots. And, you know, I give her a lot of credit for playing good tennis.
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Venus Williams Falls To Ana Ivanovic, Errors
01.22.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams tonight (Wednesday Melbourne time) lost to Ana Ivanovic(4) 7-6(7-3), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in a flurry of errors and missed chances. Williams finished the match with 35 unforced errors. To be fair Ivanovic played great on several big points, including an ace down the tee on breakpoint at 5-4 in set two, but Venus self destructed in the first set tiebreaker with errors. Perhaps the sun was in her eyes or she was having hamstring problems. Williams' hamstring was heavily wrapped. Venus went ahead 3-0 in set two before more errors sealed her fate.
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Venus Williams' Quarterfinal Tonight
01.22.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams tonight (Wednesday Melbourne time) takes on Ana Ivanovic(4) at we estimate 7:45pm CST USA. Venus should be able to out hit Ana but will need to minimize her errors.

Venus last night USA time watched from the stands the second set of her sister Serena Williams' match loss and then lost with Serena in the doubles. Serena's toe blister was most likely a factor in both losses.

Venus Makes Australian Quarterfinals
01.20.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams Monday (Sunday night USA) defeated Marta Domachowska of Poland 6-4, 6-4 in a fourth round match to move into the quarterfinals. Williams rebounded from trailing 1-3 in set one.

Overall solid play from Venus but she will need to cut more errors against 4th seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals. Head to head Venus leads Ivanovic 4-0 last winning at last year's US Open 6-4, 6-2.

Venus Williams Into Fourth Round
01.19.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams Saturday (Friday night USA) defeated 31st seeded Sania Mirza of India 7-6(7-0), 6-4 in the third round. "She was definitely trying to dictate terms, so I just stuck with playing my game and didn't change it," Williams said.

"I felt comfortable throughout the whole match. I think ultimately I had a little more than her and it helped me in the end. I'm definitely serving very well." In the fourth round Venus plays either Na Li(24) of China or Marta Domachowska of Poland.

Venus Williams In Action Tonight
01.18.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams Saturday (Friday night USA time) in the third round takes on 31st seeded Sania Mirza of India. Venus leads Mirza head to 1-0. At Stanford 2005, Venus defeated Mirza 6-3, 6-2. Mirza hits flat and is consistent so Venus will need to cut her errors and serve big to win. Venus also has advanced in the doubles to the third round with Serena Williams.

Venus Into Australian Open Third Round
01.16.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams Thursday (Wednesday night USA time) in the second round has defeated Camille Pin 7-5, 6-4 after battling back from being down in both set one and set two.

In set one Venus trailed 4-5 and in set two Venus trailed 1-3 and 2-4 before cutting her errors and executing better to close out the match. Pin is a good player who last year lost to Maria Sharapova in three sets.

In the third round Saturday (Friday night USA time) Venus takes on either Sania Mirza of India or Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland who are in the third set of their match now.

Venus Williams Wins At Australian Open
01.15.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams has won her first round match at the Australian Open 6-2, 7-5. Venus went ahead 5-2 in set two before making a batch of errors and finally closing the match out with winners. In round two Thursday (Wednesday night USA time), Venus plays Camille Pin of France. Head to head Venus leads 1-0, last winning at Bangkok 2007 6-1, 6-1.

Venus Williams To Open At Melbourne
01.14.2008 MELBOURNE-- Venus Williams opens her 2008 WTA Tour season Tuesday night Melbourne time, which is 2:30am CST USA Tuesday morning USA time. In round one of the Australian Open, Williams meets Zi Yan of China. Venus has never played Yan before. In doubles play, Venus has entered with her sister Serena Williams.

Venus Williams Wins Hong Kong
01.06.2008 HONG KONG-- Venus Williams beat Maria Sharapova in 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to win the JB Group Classic exhibition title. Venus next plays the Australian Open which starts January 14th. "It's very exciting, especially going into the Australian, having played very well against someone of her (Sharapova's) caliber," Williams said.
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Venus To Play Maria Sharapova In Final
01.04.2008 HONG KONG-- Venus Williams overpowered Elena Dememtieva 6-3, 6-3 in today's semifinals and faces Maria Sharapova of Russia in tomorrow's final. Venus's hamstring was treated in the match today, but she said she hoped it would not stop in her match against Sharapova. "I am playing against a very good player, so I will definitely do everything I can (to get ready)," she said.

Venus Williams Wins At Hong Kong Exhibition
01.03.2008 HONG KONG-- Venus Williams beat Peng Shuai of China 6-1, 6-2 Thursday in her first match of 2008 at the JB Group Classic exhibition (non WTA Tour) tournament, a warmup for the Australian Open. Venus next plays Elena Dementieva of Russia, who upset top seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in Thursday's other quarterfinal. The other semifinal pits Russians Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze.

Williams, a six-time Grand Slam winner, said she and her sister Serena can dominate women's tennis again if they avoid injuries, noting they won two of the four Grand Slams last year. The Williams sisters have fallen out of the world's top five, with Serena ranked seventh and Venus ranked eighth.

"If we can just stay healthy and keep practicing and get the work done off the court before we come to the tournaments, it makes a world of a difference," Williams said.

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