2003 Australian Open WTA Singles Results     Serena Williams, Champion

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#1 s1 Serena Williams
#2 s2 Venus Williams
#3 s3 Jennifer Capriati
#4 s4 Kim Clijsters
s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne
s6 #7 Monica Seles
s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova
s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina
s9 #10 Lindsay Davenport
s10 #13 Chanda Rubin
s11 #14 Magdalena Maleeva
s12 #15 Patty Schnyder
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Serena Williams
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Venus Williams

    Rerun: The Australian Open women's singles final between s1 #1 Serena Williams and s2 #2 Venus Williams (now a regular feature at Grand Slams) was won by Serena, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4. The difference this time was that Venus came much closer to winning than in their last three matchups.

    But, Venus said: "They all are not fun to lose, to be honest. This one isn't any different... I don't want to be the player that won four Grand Slams, whether she wins five or 15. When you look at the great players who have won 20 and all those kinds of numbers, I still have a long way to go - and not much time, so (laughing). I started a little late. So I definitely have to start racking them up somehow... the first thing I'll do is I'll go to McDonald's. I want my double cheeseburger with French fries and a soda."

    Serena said: "I think she just about had me. I just wanted to win so bad. I think just the serve, I think if she served really well in the first and the third, the way she did in the second, I wouldn't have a chance."

    Serena has now won 5 singles, 5 doubles, and 2 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. Venus is one behind, with 4 singles, 5 doubles, and 2 mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. Venus has 28 total WTA singles titles to Serena's 20.

    Serena has won 4 Grand Slam singles titles in a row (she holds all 4 titles at once, but not in the same year). Venus has not won a Slam since the 2001 US Open, but she appeared to have been playing better than Serena until the final in this tournament.

    In Sunday's Mixed Doubles final in Melbourne, 46-year-old American import Martina Navratilova and Leander Paes of India defeated Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 6-4, 7-5 (interview). This was only Martina's 8th mixed doubles title. She has won 167 WTA singles titles and 167 WTA doubles titles in her short career: she turned pro in 1975. In the men's Final, s2 Andre Agassi of the US whupped s31 Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 (interview).

    In the women's doubles final in Melbourne Friday, s1 Venus & Serena Williams defeated s2 Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Spaniard Virginia, who has won 18 WTA doubles titles (and 2 WTA singles titles), had a great Australian Open, also reaching the QFs in singles. Argentine Paola, who has won 25 WTA doubles titles (and 2 WTA singles titles), asked if they would continue playing together, said: "We want to win all the tournament that we can... until we still enjoying the game and we still have fun. I hope can be, I don't know, three, four, who knows. I don't know how many years. But I think that - for me, I'm sure that I'm gonna finish my career with her to play with me. If not, I kill her (laughing)."

    The semifinals on Thursday in Melbourne featured the Williams vs the Belgians. s2 # 2 Venus Williams defeated s5 # 5 Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-3, 6-3, and s1 # 1 Serena Williams overcame 2 match points against her to defeat s4 # 4 Kim Clijsters 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Service speeds (in the QFs):
Venus (6' 1"): 109 MPH avg, 125 MPH top
Serena (5' 9"): 102 MPH avg, 121 MPH top
Justine (5' 5"): 99 MPH avg, 109 MPH top
Kim (5' 8"): 93 MPH avg, 102 MPH top

    Justine, who has now lost to Venus the last 7 matches they have played (Justine won the first time), said after her SF: "I started the year much better than I did last year. I was in the semis in Sydney, in the semis here, and I played a good tennis. It's just that today there was a better player than me in front of me."

    Kim Clijsters (who defeated both Williams sisters in winning the WTA Championships last November) said after her SF: "It's disappointing, but, you know, I just try to keep my chin up and, you know, there's a next tournament, my next tournament is Antwerp. I'm really looking forward to go home and play that. I play in front of a Belgian crowd."

    Play at the Australian Open now begins at 11AM local time each day. In the US, that is the PREVIOUS day at 4PM PST, 7 PM EST.
    The Australian Open is being carried by ESPN and ESPN2 in the US, it is on Channel 7 in Australia.



WTA SCOREBOARD: The Australian Open at Melbourne
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
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Melbourne, 1st Round, Monday:
s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d #45 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-4, 6-2
*#90 Marlene Weingartner (GER) d s3 #3 Jennifer Capriati (USA) 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-4

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Marlene Weingartner

s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d #53 Myriam Casanova (SUI) 6-3, 6-4
s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d #75 Fabiola Zuluaga (COL) 7-5, 6(5)-7, 6-4
s9 #10 Lindsay Davenport (USA) d wc #135 Camille Pin (FRA) 6-2, 6-1
s12 #15 Patty Schnyder (SUI) d #106 Wynne Prakusya (INA) 6-3, 6-1
s13 #16 Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) d #87 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 6-4, 6-2
s15 #21 Alexandra Stevenson (USA) d wc #157 Elena Baltacha (GBR) 6-1, 6-4
s21 #25 Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d #68 Angelique Widjaja (INA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
s22 #26 Anne Kremer (LUX) d #107 Libuse Prusova (CZE) 6-2, 6-2
s23 #27 Paola Suarez (ARG) d #99 Dally Randriantefy (MAD) 6-4, 6-3
s24 #24 Tatiana Panova (RUS) d #77 Angelika Roesch (GER) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2
s30 #31 Janette Husarova (SVK) d #134 Ma. Emilia Salerni (ARG) 6-3, 6-0
*wc #244 Samantha Stosur (AUS) d s31 #37 Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-4
s32 #34 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d #70 Dinara Safina (RUS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
*#69 Anca Barna (GER) d #35 Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
*#58 Adriana Serra Zanetti (ITA) d #39 Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) 7-6(6), 6-4
#42 Anna Kournikova (RUS) d #67 Henrieta Nagyova (SVK) 6-1, 6-2

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Anna Kournikova

*#78 Virginie Razzano (FRA) d #51 Jill Craybas (USA) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-1
#54 Nicole Pratt (AUS) d #111 Mashona Washington (USA) 6-1, 7-6(5)
*#62 Denisa Chladkova (CZE) d #55 Cara Black (ZIM) 6-3, 6-0
#57 Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) d #71 Alicia Molik (AUS) 3-6, 6-4, retired
   right ankle tendon strain
#61 Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d wc #197 Rachel McQuillan (AUS) 6-4, 7-6(3)
#63 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) d #88 Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) 6-2, 6-1
*wc #115 Evie Dominikovic (AUS) d #65 Barbara Rittner (GER) 5-7, 6-4, 4-6
*#91 Marta Marrero (ESP) d #73 Jelena Kostanic (CRO) 7-6(7), 6-1
#82 Stephanie Foretz (FRA) d #104 Evgenia Koulikovskaya (RUS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
*#148 Nadia Petrova (RUS) d #95 Greta Arn (GER) 6-2, 6-1
*q #138 Vanessa Webb (CAN) d #97 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (ESP) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
q #118 Ansley Cargill (USA) d #194 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 6-1, 6-2
wc #127 Akiko Morigami (JPN) d q #160 Stanislava Hrozenska (SVK) 6-2, 6-1

Melbourne, 1st Round, Tuesday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d #56 Emilie Loit (FRA) 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) d #112 Samantha Reeves (USA) 6-2, 6-1
s6 #7 Monica Seles (USA) d #110 Lubomira Kurhajcova (SVK) 6-0, 6-1
s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d q #144 Eva Fislova (SVK) 7-5, 6-3
s10 #13 Chanda Rubin (USA) d #159 Melinda Czink (HUN) 6-4, 7-5
s11 #14 Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) d #92 Marion Bartoli (FRA) 6-4, 6-1
s14 #17 Anna Pistolesi (ISR) d #74 Meilen Tu (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
s16 #18 Nathalie Dechy (FRA) v #83 Sarah Tayor (USA) 6-2, 6-3
*q #141 Barbara Schwartz (AUT) d s17 #19 Elena Dementieva (RUS) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
s18 #20 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d #79 Marissa Irvin (USA) 7-6(6), 6-3
s19 #22 Amanda Coetzer (RSA) d #38 Barbara Schett (AUT) 6-4, 6-3

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Amanda Coetzer

s20 #23 Elena Bovina (RUS) d #43 Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-2, 6-1
s25 #33 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d q #205
   Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
s26 #32 Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d #100 Maureen Drake (CAN) 6-0, 6-2
s28 #29 Clarisa Fernandez (ARG) d #455 Adriana Szili (AUS) 6-1, 7-5
*#80 Cristina Torrens Valero (ESP) d s29 #30 Iva Majoli (CRO) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
*#60 Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) d #36 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian (SUI) 6-1, 2-0 retired
#40 Amy Frazier (USA) d #94 Conchita Martinez Granados ESP 6-0, 6-1
#41 Daja Bedanova (CZE) d #72 Iveta Benesova (CZE) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
*#101 Alina Jidkova (RUS) d #46 Laura Granville (USA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
#47 Magui Serna (ESP) d #81 Asa Svensson (SWE) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
#48 Rita Grande (ITA) d #109 Aniko Kapros (HUN) 6-0, 6-1
#49 Maja Matevzic (SLO) d wc #385 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-2
#50 Mary Pierce (FRA) d #86 Patricia Wartusch (AUT) 6-1, 6-4
*#108 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #59 Tina Pisnik (SLO) 6-3, 6-0
#64 Yoon Jeong Cho (KOR) d #102 Eva Dyrberg (DEN) 6-3, 6-3
#66 Els Callens (BEL) d #84 Martina Sucha (SVK) 6-0, 6-2
*#96 Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA) d #76 Martina Muller (GER) 7-6(5), 6-0
*#192 Jelena Jankovic (YUG) d #89 Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios (PAR) 6-3, 6-3
*#105 Ludmila Cervanova (SVK) d #93 Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG) 7-6(2), 6-2
*#98 Petra Mandula (HUN) d #85 Silvija Talaja CRO 7-5, 6-1
q #113 Klara Koukalova (CZE) d q #183 Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-4, 7-6(6)

Melbourne, 2nd Round, Wednesday:
s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d #118 Ansley Cargill (USA) 6-3, 6-0
s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d #42 Anna Kournikova (RUS) 6-0, 6-1
s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d #58 Adriana Serra Zanetti (ITA) 7-6(6), 7-6(5)

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Daniela Hantuchova

s9 #10 Lindsay Davenport (USA) d #57 Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB) 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-5

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Lindsay Davenport

s12 #15 Patty Schnyder (SUI) d #91 Marta Marrero (ESP) 6-3, 6-1
*#54 Nicole Pratt (AUS) d s13 #16 Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) 6-3, 6-2
*#62 Denisa Chladkova (CZE) d s15 #21 Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 6-2, 6-2
*#148 Nadia Petrova (RUS) d s21 #25 Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 6-4, 6-4
*wc #115 Evie Dominikovic (AUS) d s22 #26 Anne Kremer (LUX) 6-1, 6-4
s23 #27 Paola Suarez (ARG) d #61 Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 6-0, 3-0 retired
s24 #24 Tatiana Panova (RUS) d wc #127 Akiko Morigami (JPN) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
*#69 Anca Barna (GER) d s27 #28 Lisa Raymond (USA) 6-3, 6-1
*#63 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) d s30 #31 Janette Husarova (SVK) 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
s32 #34 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d #78 Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-1, 6(4)-7, 6-3
*#90 Marlene Weingartner (GER) d #82 Stephanie Foretz (FRA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
*wc #244 Samantha Stosur (AUS) d q #138 Vanessa Webb (CAN) 6-4, 6-1

Melbourne, 2nd Round, Thursday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d #66 Els Callens (BEL) 6-4, 6-0
s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) d #98 Petra Mandula (HUN) 6-0, 6-0
*q #113 Klara Koukalova (CZE) d s6 #7 Monica Seles (USA) 6(6)-7, 7-5, 6-3

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Klara Koukalova

s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d #60 Emmanuelle Gagliardi (SUI) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
s10 #13 Chanda Rubin (USA) d #50 Mary Pierce (FRA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

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Chanda Rubin

s11 #14 Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) d #64 Yoon Jeong Cho (KOR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
s14 #17 Anna Pistolesi (ISR) d #49 Maja Matevzic (SLO) 5-1, retired
s16 #18 Nathalie Dechy (FRA) d #41 Daja Bedanova (CZE) 6-3, 6-3
s18 #20 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d #40 Amy Frazier (USA) 6-1, 6-2
s19 #22 Amanda Coetzer (RSA) d #192 Jelena Jankovic (YUG) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
s20 #23 Elena Bovina (RUS) d #48 Rita Grande (ITA) 6-1, 6-2
s25 #33 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d #105 Ludmila Cervanova (SVK) 6-1, 6-1
s26 #32 Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d #101 Alina Jidkova (RUS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
s28 #29 Clarisa Fernandez (ARG) d #47 Magui Serna (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
*#108 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #80 Cristina Torrens Valero (ESP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
*q #141 Barbara Schwartz (AUT) d #96 Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA) 6-1, 6-2

Melbourne, 3rd Round, Friday:
s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d #69 Anca Barna (GER) 6-1, 6-4
s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d s32 #34 Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 6-2, 6-0
s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d wc #244 Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 6-2
s9 #10 Lindsay Davenport (USA) d s24 #24 Tatiana Panova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1
s12 #15 Patty Schnyder (SUI) d #148 Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
*#54 Nicole Pratt (AUS) d s23 #27 Paola Suarez (ARG) 7-5, 6-4

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Nicole Pratt

#62 Denisa Chladkova (CZE) d wc #115 Evie Dominikovic (AUS) 6-3, 6-2
#63 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) d #90 Marlene Weingartner (GER) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

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Virginia Ruano Pascual


Melbourne, 3rd Round, Saturday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d s26 #32 Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-1, 6-1
s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) d #108 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-2, 6-1
s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d s28 #29 Clarisa Fernandez (ARG) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

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Anastasia Myskina

s10 #13 Chanda Rubin (USA) d q #141 Barbara Schwartz (AUT) 6-3, 6-2
*s20 #23 Elena Bovina (RUS) d s11 #14 Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
*s19 #22 Amanda Coetzer (RSA) d s14 #17 Anna Pistolesi (ISR) 6-0, 6-2
*s18 #20 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d s16 #18 Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 6-4, 6-3
s25 #33 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d q #113 Klara Koukalova (CZE) 6-1, 6-3

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Meghann Shaughnessy

Melbourne, 4th Round, Sunday:
s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d #54 Nicole Pratt (AUS) 6-3, 6-2

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Venus Williams

s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d s9 #10 Lindsay Davenport (USA) 7-5, 5-7, 9-7
s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d s12 #15 Patty Schnyder (SUI) 7-5, 6-3
*#63 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) d #62 Denisa Chladkova (CZE) 6-3, 6-3

Melbourne, 4th Round, Monday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d s18 #20 Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-4, 6-1
s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) d s19 #22 Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 6-3, 6-1
s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d s10 #13 Chanda Rubin (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
s25 #33 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d s20 #23 Elena Bovina (RUS) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

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Meghann Shaughnessy

Melbourne, QFs, Tuesday:
s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d s7 #8 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-4, 6-3

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Venus Williams

s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) d #63 Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 6-2, 6-2

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Justine Henin-Hardenne


Melbourne, QFs, Wednesday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d s25 #33 Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 6-2, 6-2
s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) d s8 #12 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 6-2, 6-4

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Kim Clijsters

Melbourne, SFs, Thursday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d s4 #4 Kim Clijsters (BEL) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

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Serena Williams

s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) d s5 #5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 6-3, 6-3

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Venus Williams

Melbourne, Final, Saturday:
s1 #1 Serena Williams (USA) d s2 #2 Venus Williams (USA) 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4

Melbourne, Doubles Final, Friday:
s1 Venus Williams & Serena Williams d s2 Virginia Ruano Pascual & Paola Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

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