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Ballmachine 03-31-2004 10:38 AM

Venus is done!
At least for today. She turned an ankle or a knee. I doubt she will be able to complete this match. She was just starting to make a comeback against Dementiava too.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 10:44 AM

She took a long injury break, and now she is going to try to play. She just won the second set! This should be interesting because even though she is playing, she seems to be in a lot of pain. She is grimacing quite a bit.

@wright 03-31-2004 10:47 AM

Dementieva deserves this win, I've never seen her hit groundies that well.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 10:54 AM

Venus is smoking right now! She hasn't dropped a game since the injury, and before that she won three games in a row to take the second set. Looks like Dementiava missed her chance when she served for the match up 5-4 in the second. Anything can happen, but it looks bad for Elena right now.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:02 AM

Just like that, Elena has won two games in a row and they are back on serve at 3-2. The roller coaster ride continues.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:05 AM

Flip a coin now. It's 3-3 in the third and anybody's game.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:13 AM

Venus is up 5-3 now, and she is serving for the match.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:16 AM

Venus served an ace at 15-15 all, then hit 3 double faults in a row to lose the game. Unreal.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:21 AM

5-5 now in the third. This match has had so many momentum swings it is very difficult to predict who will actually win the last point.

@wright 03-31-2004 11:25 AM

Thanks so much for the ongoing commentary ballmachine, I'm at work and it's killing me that I can't watch it, I love matches like this.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:27 AM

Venus is up 6-5 now. Elena will serve to stay in the match. Elena got hooked on the last deuce point. She hit a forehand winner that was called out. Video replay and shot-spot show that the ball was good.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:28 AM

She has to put that behind her now and try to get to the tiebreak.

Peter Samprer 03-31-2004 11:29 AM

looks like she pull out a "henin-hardenne" in this match. will she use it against her sister? hmmm... :)

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:29 AM

Good first serve, forehand winner. 15-0 Elena.

Oh no. Double fault. 15-15

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:30 AM

Another double. 15-30. Getting sad now.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:31 AM

Weak second serve barely goes in. Long rally. Forehand error by Venus. 30-30.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:31 AM

Nervous backhand into the middle of the net. Match point Venus. Second serve coming.

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:33 AM

Error by Venus. Deuce.

Long point. Back and forth. Error by Venus at net. Good passing shot by Elena though.

Game Elena! Tiebreak to decide match now!

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:34 AM

Venus serves first in breaker. Long first point. Won by Elena.

1-0 Dementieva

Ballmachine 03-31-2004 11:35 AM

Weak second serve by Elena. Venus attacks, comes to net, drop volley winner! Unbelievable!


Forehand error by Venus.

2-1 Elena

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