1. Tuesday, May 14, 2002

    put down your venus voodoo dolls 

    mission accomplished.

    in a shocking turn of events, venus williams took the court in rome minutes before her scheduled match against russian star Anna Kournikova to withdraw due to an injury to her wrist sustained while picking up a bag.

    the compton native was entering her seventh straight week at number one on the wta ranking system as she was expected to defeat kournikova easilly in the $1.2 million tournament which is generally regarded as a tune up for the French Open which is held in two weeks. both the Italian and French Opens are held on clay courts.

    williams took the court and picked up a microphone and apologized to the half-full stadium that had arrived early in anticipation to the match that was to pit two of the more popular women in tennis.

    “It happened this week,” the 21 year old Williams said at a news conference later. “This morning in practice it hurt and then during the day it got worse with more swelling. I could have played with the pain but it did not seem correct.

    “Hopefully it won’t be very serious. Hopefully I’ll be able to practice soon. I’m just going to take some time off and maybe finally see something in Rome,” williams said.

    Lilia Osterloh of the United States took Williams’ place in the draw and will face Kournikova, who is not the woman that Penthouse claimed was topless in these revealing photographs.

    when asked if he had anything to do with this odd occurance, hollywood journalist tony pierce had no comment, other than to say, “if anna wears that white top she can beat Lilia, but i doubt she wears it. that bitch is crazy.”