PARIS -- Top-seeded Venus Williams defeated defending
champion Amelie Mauresmo 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Saturday to advance to
the final of the Paris Open.
Williams advanced to a Sunday final against fourth-seeded Jelena
Dokic, who defeated Monica Seles 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
The crowd at the at Paris' Pierre de Coubertin indoor stadium
cheered for Mauresmo, giving the French player cheers of "Allez
"She's just an incredible player," Williams said. "It was
Mauresmo's power serves and strong baseline game had Williams
repeatedly stumbling to catch her footing. Williams, a four-time
Grand Slam champion, predicted that Mauresmo has a strong future.
"She's definitely going to win some slams in the future,"
Dokic, 18, won for the first time in five matches against Seles.
"I really didn't think I was going to win," Dokic said.
Seles, 28, said she got rattled by Dokic's strong serve.
"She was much more aggressive," Seles said. "I had a really
difficult time breaking her."
Dokic drew hisses and boos from the crowd in the third set after
repeatedly disputing lines calls. At one point she walked from the
referee's chair wiping tears from her eyes.
"At such crucial points in the third set. it's upsetting,"