Venus out to continue unbeaten run

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Venus Williams takes a 20-match unbeaten run into the Australian Open hoping to swell it by another seven over the next fortnight.

Venus out to continue unbeaten run

Melbourne:

Venus Williams takes a 20-match unbeaten run into the Australian Open hoping to swell it by another seven over the next fortnight. Jennifer Capriati may be the new women's No.1 and defending champion heading into the year's first Grand Slam tournament, but Venus is bidding to claim her third straight major here having won last year's Wimbledon and US Open. Yet while 21-year-old Williams has swept the tennis world her form Down Under has not done her justice. She will be looking to redress the imbalance after her horror semi-final appearance to Martina Hingis here last year, when she won just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing in just 53 minutes. That is the furthest Venus has reached in three Australian Open campaigns and to show her determination to break through this time she arrived before the New Year to prepare. She played in the Gold Coast WTA tournament and beat Belgium's Justine Henin 7-5, 6-2 in the final. Venus bypassed the following Sydney tournament for private practice to tune up for the Australian Open. Like last year Venus will be in the same half of the draw as Hingis and her sister Serena, the 1999 US Open champion. (PTI)



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