Venus a 'tough competitor'

The WTA trainer who treated Venus Williams' abdominal injury during the Wimbledon final called Williams a tough competitor for playing the final.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Wimbledon:Karen Davis, the WTA trainer who treated Venus Williams' abdominal injury during her Wimbledon final and semifinal, called Williams "a tough competitor" for playing yesterday's final. "With that type of injury, and what's required of those muscles during a service motion, I think she was very courageous to go out there and play," Davis said. "Each time she reaches and extends she was going to feel anything from sharp pain to an increase in a dull ache. Sometimes a little bit of both". Davis said Williams would need to rest for two to four weeks. Williams warmed up for only 10 minutes before the match, leading to speculation she might pull out of the final. "No, she was ready to play," Davis said. "She felt she could compete". "She practiced enough to test it but not to stress it. She did not want to go out there if she could not compete". Woodbridge again Todd Woodbridge and Jonas Bjorkman won the men's doubles title, defeating No. 1-seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3. It was Woodbridge's eighth men's doubles title at Wimbledon, which ties a century-old record held by brothers Hugh and Reggie Doherty. They won eight between 1897 and 1905. Woodbridge won six Wimbledon titles with fellow Aussie Mark Woodforde and now has two with Bjorkman. Woodbridge has 14 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, a record in the Open Era, with eight of them coming at Wimbledon. Bjorkman has four in men's doubles. He also won the 1998 Australian Open with Jacco Eltingh. Woodbridge is closing in on the record of 78 career doubles titles held by Tom Okker. Woodbridge has 76, one behind John McEnroe. Royal Box United States ambassador to Britain, William S Farish was in the Royal Box yesterday with his wife, Sarah. Alongside was Don McKinnon, the Commonwealth secretary general. Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was also there with his wife, Fiona. Aliens director Ridley Scott was in their company. Three former Wimbledon women's champions were also watching from the Royal Box: Brazilian Maria Bueno, and British winners Angela Mortimer (now Angela Barrett) and Virginia Wade. (AP)

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