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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Venus Williams in Australian Open Tennis 2008

Venus Williams is the eighth seed for the Australian Open 2008. The elder sister of the Williams has seen a break though year in 2007 winning a much-awaited grand slam title in Wimbledon 2007. It is not that she it was her first grand slam titles in her career. In fact, the American had six grand slam titles before she won last year’s Wimbledon title. However, it came in the right time, as many critics had already written off Venus Williams having any chance to win the title. Many even saw the end of her career.

Well, that was not too much illogical considering the fact that her recurring wrist injury led her to withdraw from two back to back Grand slam tournament. However, she came back in action in 2007 and did not take too much time to retain her form. Venus has recently won the JB Group Classic exhibition tournament defeating Maria Sharapova in the final.

FT.com reported:

Whenever people say that Venus has got bored of tennis, she goes and wins Wimbledon. Was her victory last July Venus at her legendary best? She laughs (contrary to stereotype, Williams laughs a lot). "At the time I thought I was playing terribly. Every night I was studying my match from the day before like, 'This is all wrong!' Everyone around was, 'You're playing great'. I was thinking: 'Fools!' It's funny, the standard that athletes hold themselves to."

Venus Williams may not have that much problem to reach the fourth round, where her most probable opponent would be Marion Bartoli. However, before that Indian star Sania Mirza could face Venus Williams in the third round. Dinara Safina or Ana Ivanovic could be her quarter final opponent. If you think a step further then you can see, Venus Williams is likely to get Anna Chakvetadze or Daniela Hantuchova or Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova in the semi final. In terms of experience, Venus Williams seems to be favorite against these youngsters. However, they are young and full of strength. So, it would not be an easy job to do.

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