Venus rolls into final at Stanford

July 17, 2004 05:01 PM
Venus Williams needed just 51 minutes to defeat Lindsay Lee-Waters© Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
STANFORD, California (Ticker) -- Top seed Venus Williams continues to have little problems advancing at the $585,000 Bank of the West Classic. Williams rolled into Sunday's final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over fellow American Amy Frazier, the sixth seed, in 62 minutes.

Williams has dropped just nine games in three matches here and awaits the winner of Saturday night's semifinal between second seed Lindsay Davenport and No. 8 Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela.

"I'm looking forward to it," Williams said of the final. "I always enjoy playing Lindsay, and if she makes it, you know it's going to be a good match."

Frazier, who lost to Williams for the fifth time in as many career meetings, committed 14 double faults to the top seed's four.

"I only wish I was serving a little better," Frazier said. "I felt good at the net and when she got the momentum, then I felt the pressure and just kept trying the best I could. She was getting everything. She overpowered me, hit the balls really deep."

"When she was hitting the balls, she was striking them in," Williams said. "Fortunately, she had a lot of double faults. It felt like she was lacking a flat serve."

First prize is $93,000.