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Venus Williams Reaches Acura Final

August 5, 2000

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) _ Venus Williams is proving to be unbeatable, even when her game is off.

Despite an inconsistent showing, Williams eliminated Amy Frazier 6-2, 6-3 Saturday in the semifinals of the $535,000 Acura Classic for her 14th straight match victory.

Williams, ranked third in the world, will go after her third tournament title in a row in Sunday’s final. She’ll face the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal, between Anna Kournikova and Monica Seles.

Frazier, who upset top-ranked Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals, couldn’t handle Williams’ power.

``She hit the ball so hard,″ Frazier said. ``I was just trying to stay in the points and she really wasn’t letting me do anything. I sort of felt a little lost at times.″

Frazier was barely competitive on a day when Williams made only 46 percent of her first serves and committed 28 unforced errors. Williams did, however, hit 27 winners to just three for the 26th-ranked Frazier.

``I didn’t play too well,″ Williams said. ``I felt I was off-balance quite a lot.″

Frazier came the closest to stopping Williams’ winning streak when she extended the Wimbledon champion to three sets last week in the quarterfinals at the Bank of the West Classic. Williams prevailed, though, in a third-set tiebreaker, and went on to win the tournament.

``Last week, I played about zero percent,″ Williams said. ``I couldn’t believe how bad I played last week.″

Frazier again couldn’t take advantage of a sub-par performance by Williams.

``I just didn’t have any answers,″ Frazier said.

Said Williams: ``Her game is a little bit predictable because I know where she’s going to hit.″

Frazier picked up early service breaks in both sets. But in the first, Williams reeled off the last five games to close the set.

Williams then erased a 2-0 deficit in the second set to close out the match in 1 hour, 6 minutes.

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