Click Above Photo to Visit the American Tennis Association (ATA)


Welcome Tennis Lovers!!

Venus Rising In Switzerland

Friday, October 17, 2008

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (TICKER) —It has been a while since Venus Williams was in this position.

Third third-seeded American advanced to the semifinals of the Zurich Open on Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.

This is the first time Williams has reached the final four here since winning the hardcourt event back in 1999, when - at the age of 19 - she topped No. 1 Martina Hingis to claim the ninth of her 37 career titles.

The path to title No. 38 could get a bit tougher in the semis as a potential showdown with second-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic is looming.

Ivanovic, who has stumbled to a 6-6 mark since winning her first Grand Slam title at the French Open, will face Czech qualifier Petra Kvitova in the remaining quarterfinal match.

In addition to improving her record at this event to 12-3 with Friday’s triumph, Williams moved to 5-0 all-time against Schiavone.

The semifinal on the opposite side of draw will be a battle of unseeded players as Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain will square off.

Pennetta, who ousted world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic on Thursday, topped Katarina Srebotnik, 7-5, 6-2, while Medina Garrigues moved through when Victoria Azarenka retired from their match with the score knotted, 4-6, 6-3.

Azarenka appeared to suffer a muscle strain just below her right shoulder during the second set and opted to concede the match prior to the start of the third.

First prize is $95,000.

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams Zurich OpenSwiss No.1, Patty Schnyder (L) and current world No.9 Venus Williams paused for a photo while chatting at the Player Party.

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams Zurich OpenPlaying here for the first time since 2004, 1999 champion Venus Williams participated in the All-Access Hour with local and international media.

Black Tennis Pro's Venus Williams Zurich OpenVenus Williams (back to camera) spoke with a group of journalists during the All-Access Hour.

Photos Andre Springer

Posted by Shelia

Email this post
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Design by Blogger Buster