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Venus not her old self yet

Updated: March 31, 2004, 8:06 PM ET
By Cynthia Faulkner | ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Match point said it all. Elena Dementieva sent a 63-mph second serve to Venus Williams, who dumped it into the net.

It's perhaps an indication of just how much Venus is struggling that she gave credit to Dementieva for earning the 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3) quarterfinal win Wednesday at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Although not quite as self critical as sister Serena (who plays in the semis on Thursday), Venus usually tells you exactly how she beat herself. Not this day.

"I lifted ...

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