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Volume 24 No. 156
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          Serena Williams' withdrawal yesterday from the du
     Maurier Canadian Open 20 minutes prior to her scheduled
     match due to a shoulder injury and her "bailing out" of a
     function on Tuesday with tournament sponsor BMW 10 minutes
     prior to her appearance, has "infuriated" Canadian Open
     Tournament Dir Jane Wynne, according to Mary Ormsby of the
     TORONTO STAR.  Wynne: "I'm very upset the way everything was
     handled. ... From an organizational point of view, a few
     hours warning would have been nice."  Williams: "I really
     feel for the fans and the tournament director.  I definitely
     think I let some people down (but) I really wish I was able
     to play."  Wynne: "The girls (Serena and Venus) are smart
     and they behave in a very nice manner but (this behaviour)
     is not acceptable to the sponsors, it's not acceptable to
     the tournament and it's not acceptable to the fans" (TORONTO
     STAR, 8/19).  In Toronto, Robert MacLeod writes that
     tournament organizers "are seething" as Williams' "last-
     minute withdrawal left" officials "scrambling to shift
     another third-round match to Centre Court to appease fans." 
     The Williams-Talaja match was to be the featured event in
     front of more than 9,000 fans and TSN was set to broadcast
     it live.  Williams' father Richard said that Serena "had
     never agreed" to make the BMW appearance, but MacLeod's
     sources say the whole arrangement was settled the week
     before.  Officials managed to "persuade" Jana Novotna to
     make an appearance in Williams' place (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/19).