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"CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING 8 TITLES IN 2002 & FOR BEING THE TOP $$$$$$$$$ WINNER - SERENA" "WAY TO GO - GIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRL" "YOU GET THE JOB DONE"

Well - needless to say - I am so proud of Serena. She seems to be on a mission. Of course - Venus is almost at $2M in singles for this year 2. Here's hoping Victory Venus comes out swinging in Moscow.

And wouldn't it be somesen if the two top players in the WTA make the Prime Time final in LA?


"COME ON VENUS - LET'S GO" "YOU CAN DO IT'



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18708-2002Sep29.html


S. Williams Cruises to Germany Title

The Associated Press
Sunday, September 29, 2002; 12:00 AM

LEIPZIG, Germany –– Serena Williams continued her dominating ways Sunday, demolishing Russia's Anastasia Myskina 6-3, 6-2 at the Sparkassen Cup to win her sixth title in seven tournaments.

The top-ranked American won for the 36th time in 37 matches, chasing down a volley and blasting it into the open court to close out the match in 76 minutes at the $585,000 event.

Myskina, who has risen from 58th to 12th in the rankings this year, surprised Williams with an early break to take a 2-1 lead.
But Williams broke back in a seesaw next game, setting up key point by bending deep for an untouchable drop volley.

Williams then showed the 21-year-old Russian, regarded by many as a future Top 10 player, why she has dominated tennis since May and captured three straight grand slam events.

Despite Myskina's foot speed, Williams blasted shots all over the court the Russian couldn't handle, attacked the net at will and teed off on her opponent's weak second serve.

At 4-1 in the second set, Williams drew a roar from the 6,000 spectators by running backwards to chase down a lob at the back line, then whipped it past the frozen Russian with a ferocious velocity.

Williams won $97,000 for claiming the 19th title of he career.
Chanda Rubin is the only one to beat Williams since May 12, pulling the upset in Los Angeles quarterfinals in mid-August.
The American is 50-4 this year, and has dropped just four sets since the May loss to Justine Henin in the German Open final.

The following week Williams won Rome, her first title on clay, kicking off her period of domination, which has given her a huge lead in the rankings over her second-ranked sister, Venus.

Myskina was playing her fourth final this year. Last week, she won her second title in Bahia, continuing her rise up the rankings since recovering from a wrist operation two years ago.

© 2002 The Associated Press




http://208.31.25.3/default.asp?c=sunspot&page=tennis-w/stat/money-leaders.htm

*** 2002 Sanex WTA Money Leaders ***
(Complete through Sunday, September 22nd)

From The Sports Network


Rank Name Nat Singles Doubles Mixed Total
1 Serena Williams USA $3,039,731 $128,595 $0 $3,168,326
2 Venus Williams USA 1,917,416 126,345 0 2,043,761
3 Jennifer Capriati USA 1,389,559 9,757 1,363 1,400,679
4 Martina Hingis SUI 892,656 153,368 0 1,046,024
5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 777,836 163,352 72,091 1,013,279
6 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 906,793 4,372 0 911,165
7 Monica Seles USA 850,613 6,300 0 856,913
8 Justine Henin BEL 778,493 27,926 0 806,419
9 Paola Suarez ARG 225,014 485,692 19,422 730,128
10 Lisa Raymond USA 267,809 329,822 75,076 672,707
11 Kim Clijsters BEL 587,479 49,123 0 636,602
12 Jelena Dokic YUG 585,057 48,408 0 633,465
13 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 121,105 472,767 3,870 597,742
14 Elena Dementieva RUS 310,032 184,219 0 494,251
15 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 234,188 151,124 82,337 467,649
16 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 387,997 58,048 809 446,854
17 Chanda Rubin USA 359,717 56,949 0 416,666
18 Anna Kournikova RUS 228,034 178,964 7,346 414,344
19 Anastasia Myskina RUS 403,264 5,712 0 408,976
20 Lindsay Davenport USA 382,733 0 0 382,733
21 Janette Husarova SVK 168,248 207,105 6,918 382,271
22 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario ESP 177,799 170,608 10,191 358,598
23 Patty Schnyder SUI 302,575 53,137 0 355,712
24 Ai Sugiyama JPN 243,254 111,336 0 354,590
25 Iva Majoli CRO 320,634 24,897 0 345,531
26 Rennae Stubbs AUS 0 329,822 8,599 338,421
27 Cara Black ZIM 154,739 146,029 35,552 336,320
28 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 249,552 67,684 2,750 319,986
29 Elena Bovina RUS 246,935 42,374 24,378 313,687
30 Amanda Coetzer RSA 256,959 43,507 6,427 306,893
31 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 193,986 61,035 51,565 306,586
32 Nathalie Dechy FRA 237,856 62,375 3,061 303,292
33 Anna Smashnova ISR 302,311 0 0 302,311
34 Tatiana Panova RUS 275,660 24,670 0 300,330
35 Sandrine Testud FRA 241,958 52,181 3,061 297,200
36 Daja Bedanova CZE 231,949 54,792 3,511 290,252
37 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 256,479 14,576 0 271,055
38 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 249,368 20,034 0 269,402
39 Barbara Schett AUT 190,196 71,653 7,547 269,396
40 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 224,116 35,439 0 259,555
41 Iroda Tulyaganova UZB 198,112 54,414 4,113 256,639
42 Anne Kremer LUX 247,564 6,363 0 253,927
43 Conchita Martinez ESP 154,363 92,892 0 247,255
44 Nicole Pratt AUS 144,953 89,103 6,620 240,676
45 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 223,596 14,159 0 237,755
46 Francesca Schiavone ITA 207,263 22,633 1,842 231,738
47 Rita Grande ITA 168,847 54,876 3,337 227,060
48 Magui Serna ESP 159,458 63,465 0 222,923
49 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 181,608 39,784 0 221,392
50 Alexandra Stevenson USA 192,092 17,216 5,500 214,808
51 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 158,911 47,590 1,669 208,170
52 Els Callens BEL 96,739 63,164 33,907 193,810
53 Meilen Tu USA 129,651 63,033 0 192,684
54 Adriana Serra Zanetti ITA 166,587 24,846 831 192,264
55 Mary Pierce FRA 173,466 11,629 0 185,095
56 Amy Frazier USA 170,840 14,182 0 185,022
57 Asa Svensson SWE 112,203 55,736 10,096 178,035
58 Tathiana Garbin ITA 112,832 53,943 1,842 168,617
59 Emilie Loit FRA 128,041 33,302 1,363 162,706
60 Tina Pisnik SLO 150,164 11,925 0 162,089
61 Martina Sucha SVK 161,717 0 0 161,717
62 Cristina Torrens Valero ESP 153,766 6,312 0 160,078
63 Wynne Prakusya INA 86,905 63,444 5,040 155,389
64 Rossana Neffa-De Los RiosPAR 116,376 36,792 831 153,999
65 Marlene Weingartner GER 119,176 30,483 0 149,659
66 Maja Matevzic SLO 116,453 30,787 831 148,071
67 Barbara Rittner GER 106,479 35,595 2,194 144,268
68 Martina Muller GER 125,866 17,281 0 143,147
69 Vera Zvonareva RUS 140,590 1,900 0 142,490
70 Petra Mandula HUN 91,594 41,492 8,000 141,086
71 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 106,650 30,805 831 138,286
72 Marta Marrero ESP 108,778 26,934 0 135,712
73 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI 133,929 325 0 134,254
74 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 95,476 37,869 0 133,345
75 Marissa Irvin USA 105,434 20,560 0 125,994
76 Janet Lee TPE 53,361 68,069 3,581 125,011
77 Miriam Oremans NED 73,098 48,246 3,511 124,855
78 Alicia Molik AUS 95,856 27,904 809 124,569
79 Samantha Reeves USA 89,784 25,752 1,842 117,378
80 Liezel Huber RSA 21,320 88,627 6,709 116,656
81 Rika Fujiwara JPN 38,256 74,470 3,677 116,403
82 Stephanie Foretz FRA 107,322 7,401 0 114,723
83 Patricia Wartusch AUT 72,115 42,292 0 114,407
84 Angeles Montolio ESP 113,628 0 0 113,628
85 Jennifer Hopkins USA 92,367 17,510 2,750 112,627
86 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 108,480 2,885 0 111,365
87 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 63,548 47,727 0 111,275
88 Laura Granville USA 100,656 10,086 0 110,742
89 Anca Barna GER 99,256 10,912 0 110,168
90 Roberta Vinci ITA 33,138 67,548 8,325 109,011
91 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 102,619 5,465 0 108,084
92 Jelena Kostanic CRO 87,231 20,103 0 107,334
93 Angelique Widjaja INA 79,547 26,604 0 106,151
94 Lilia Osterloh USA 88,139 15,119 0 103,258
95 Alina Jidkova RUS 83,564 17,150 0 100,714
96 Kimberly Po-Messerli USA 0 74,909 25,348 100,257
97 Evie Dominikovic AUS 69,072 25,733 3,511 98,316
98 Kveta Hrdlickova CZE 60,968 31,145 5,179 97,292
99 Virginie Razzano FRA 86,917 8,982 0 95,899
100 Alexandra Fusai FRA 41,092 50,278 3,892 95,262


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Anastatia Says Maybe Her Boyfriend Hits Harder than Serena

Oh - thanks Danny - I'd forgetten about Martina. I think Lindsay won 7 titles last year.

Congratulations to Myskina for making the final and (I think she will be in the top ten next week) for entering the top ten next week. She done good the last two weeks.


http://www.canada.com/ottawa/story.asp?id=899D30A1-5267-4346-932D-A1984A496288


Williams demolishes Myskina to win Leipzig, her 36th win in 37 matches


Canadian Press


Sunday, September 29, 2002
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LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) - Serena Williams continued her dominating ways Sunday, demolishing Russia's Anastasia Myskina, 6-3, 6-2 at the Sparkassen Cup to win her sixth title in seven tournaments.

The top-ranked American won for the 36th time in 37 matches, chasing down a volley and blasting it into the open court to close out the match in 76 minutes at the $585,000 US event.

"I was just happy to win my eighth title this year, one more than Venus," said Williams of her older sister, the world No. 2.

The match could have been over earlier, but Myskina fought off three match points and forced Williams into hitting some spectacular shots by never giving up, even though her situation appeared hopeless.

"I want to thank Anastasia for making it a great final," Williams said.

In her semifinal match, Myskina upset defending champion Kim Clijsters by charging back from 1-4 down in the third set. This year she has risen from 58th to 12th in the rankings this year,

Williams won $97,000 US for claiming the 19th title of he career.

Chanda Rubin is the only one to beat Williams since May 12, pulling the upset in Los Angeles quarter-finals in mid-August.

Myskina surprised Williams with an early break to take a 2-1 first set lead.

But Williams broke back in a seesaw next game, setting up key point by bending deep for an untouchable drop volley.

"I knew I had to pick up my game after I lost my serve. I could have lost that set," Williams said.

The American then showed the 21-year-old Russian, regarded by many as a future Top 10 player, why she has dominated tennis since May and captured three straight grand slam events.

Despite Myskina's foot speed, Williams blasted shots all over the court the Russian couldn't handle, attacked the net at will and teed off on her opponent's weak second serve.

Myskina said Williams was the hardest-hitting player she'd ever faced.

"Well, my boyfriend hits harder sometimes. On the tour, Venus hits that hard maybe," she said.

At 4-1 in the second set, Williams drew a roar from the 6,000 spectators by running backwards to chase down a lob at the back line, then whipped it past the frozen Russian at the net with a ferocious velocity.

The American is 50-4 this year, and has dropped just four sets since the May loss to Justine Henin in the German Open final.

The following week Williams won Rome, her first title on clay, kicking off her period of domination, which has given her a huge lead in the rankings over her second-ranked sister, Venus.

Myskina was playing her fourth final this year. Last week, she won her second title in Bahia, continuing her rise up the rankings since recovering from a wrist operation two years ago.

© Copyright 2002 The Canadian Press
 
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