A Week in Tennis: Hola, Adios – and I Quit!

MARCH 28, 2012 BY  LEAVE A COMMENT

It has been a week of mixed feelings and salutations during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park in Miami, as we have welcomed back on Tour Venus Williams and Alisa Kleybanova after they have been off-circuit due to health issues, sadly waved goodbye to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez after retiring from tennis this week and have been surprised by Rafael Nadal’s decision to step down from his role as Vice-President on the ATP Player Council – and all of this has happened in one entertaining, emotional roller coaster of a week!

The Return of Venus Williams

It has been a long six months without Venus Williams on tour and her last tournament at the US Open seems like a tennis lifetime ago.  But rather than being immersed in on court battles, Venus has had to battle against an even tougher competitor – her own body.  Williams has admitted that she has an autoimmune disease, which leaves her feeling denied of sufficient energy. Fast forward six months and this week we have finally seen Venus back on Tour again in Miami.

At the start of the week, nobody knew for sure how she would perform at the tournament and as always comebacks are often notoriously difficult to predict.  However, this is Venus Williams. She was born a fighter and is a great sportswoman with many supporters willing her on in her personal and professional fight.  The former world number one has done herself (and her loyal fans!) proud this week as she has tussled, screamed and fist pumped her way through difficult early round matches and has come out the victor.  Despite talks of limitations as to what she can do, in her opening match against Date-Krumm she advanced in straight sets but her comeback became tougher as she squared up against Kvitova, Wozniak and Ivanovic in three-set thrillers.  To the delight of her team, fans and a very vocal crowd in the arena, Venus Williams has once again made it to the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament where she will face fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Who knows how long we will have her back for? But one thing is for sure; it is great to have Venus back in action!

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Lisa-Marie Burrows

Twitter: @TennisNewsViews

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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