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Posts Tagged ‘Venus Williams.’

Venus Williams not playing in Australian Open

 

Venus Williams at 2009 French Open (photo by Yann Caradec via wikipedia commons)

Venus Williams has withdrawn her name from the Australian Open, prolonging her absence from competitive tennis due to an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner says that she be able to return to the tour in February.

The 31-year-old tennis star hasn’t played competitvely since August 29 at the U.S. Open.

Williams is a former number-1 player but is ranked 100th in this week’s WTA rankings.

 

Info compiled from WTA Tour, Radio & TV news

Venus pulls out of New Zealand tournament

 

Venus Williams at 2011 U.S. Open (photo by Edwin Martinez via wikipedia commons)

Venus Williams has pulled out of January’s ASB Classic in New Zealand. It would’ve been her first first attempt at competitive tennis since August.

The 31-year-old has played in several exhibition matches over the past few weeks, but she is not ready to return to competitive tennis just yet.

She is recovering from Sjogren’s syndrome which causes joint pain and fatigue.

Williams has an overall record of 585-143 for a winning percentage of 80 percent. She is ranked at #101 in the world.

As far as earnings go, she has won $27.7 million in prize money which ranks he second overall.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Williams sisters lose singles matches but rebound to win doubles in Italy

 

Francesca Schiavone at Roland Garros May 2011 (photo by Yann Caradec via wikipedia commons)

The Williams sisters did not fare well in the singles exhibition in Milan, Italy recently, but came back to win the doubles session of the event.

Serena and Venus defeated Italian tennis stars Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in the doubles match, 3-7, 8-6, 8-6.

Schiavone beat both Venus and Serena in singles action.

She beat Venus 7-5, 7-3 and then used a very strong comeback to dump off Serena 7-3, 8-10, 8-6.

Pennetta also defeated Venus, 7-6, 7-2 in singles.

 

Flavia Pennetta at August 2010 U.S. Open (photo by Christian Mesiano via wikipedia commons)

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Tennis news

 

Tennis exhibition in Columbia has Venus beating Serena

 

Serena Williams (megasportsnews.com photo)

Venus Williams beat her sister Serena Williams 6-4, 7-6 (5) in an exhibition match in Columbia, the first match for both sisters since the United States Open in September.

The Williams sisters will play another exhibition in Milan on December 3 against Italian tennis stars Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta.

The match was the first for Venus since she dropped out of the U.S. Open after the first round due to an immune system disease. Serena has not played since losing in the U.S. Open finals to Samantha Stosur.

Venus Williams at U.S. Open Aug 2011 (photo by Edwin Martinez via wikipedia commons)

In head-to-head matches, Serena leads Venus 13-10, but exhibitions do not count in the total.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV& Tennis news reports

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN, Cincinnati: Serena Williams barely escapes Hradecka

Serena Williams jokes with the media

MASON, OHIO — Serena Williams is back on the rise after a layoff of almost a year, won her 12th straight match in the first round of the Cincinnati Western & Southern Open.

Williams, a former world number one and 13-time Grand Slam champion, defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 7-6 (7/5).

She has improved her world ranking from 175th in the world to 31, winning titles in consecutive starts at Stanford and Toronto.

Hradecka, who had battled back from 1-5 down in the second set to take a 6-5 lead en route to the tiebreaker, finally double-faulted on match point.

Williams returned in June from an 11-month absence due to injury and illness, which started with a cut foot that required surgery shortly after her 2010 Wimbledon win and also included dangerous blood clots in her lungs.

Her 12-match winning streak matches Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenak for the longest on the WTA tour this year.

SERENA WILLIAMS NET NOTES:

* The 29-year-old tennis star lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

* She is currently ranked #31 in the world with a high ranking of #1 on July 8, 2002.

* She has won 39 singles titles, 20 doubles titles.

* Has won $33 million dollars in her career.

* Has won 13 Singles Grand Slam titles.

* Has won 12 Doubles Grand Slam titles.

* Is third for titles won among active players with 39; her sister, Venus Williams has 43 and Kim Clijsters has won 41.

* At 2009 Australian Open, became leading all-time WTA prize money leader and the first professional female athlete to eclipse the $23-million mark in any professional sports league; has now exceeded $30 million.

* Official website is www.serenawilliams.com.

* Owns Aneres, a fashion design label. Official website is www.aneresdesigns.com.

* Won Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year for the third time in 2010 (also 2002, 2009).

* Has more than 2 million followers on Twitter, the highest among all tennis players.

* Began playing tennis at age 5 at public courts in Compton, California.

* Is the youngest of five girls: Lyndrea, Isha, Yetunde (died September 14, 2003) and Venus.

LUCIE HRADECKA NET NOTES:

* Is 39-16 in tournament action in 2011.

* Overall career record is 337-193.

* The 26-year-old is from Prague, Czech Republic.

* Is ranked 49th in the world with a highest ranking of 41 on June 6, 2011.

* She is coached by Jiri Fencl.

* Started playing tennis at age 4.

 

Photo by megasportsnews.com

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