KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - There will be no Sister Act Part III this year at the NASDAQ-100 Open.
World No. 2 Venus Williams saved eight match points, then succumbed on the ninth last night, as 22nd-ranked Meghann Shaughnessy of Scottsdale, Ariz., upset Williams, 7-6 (2), 6-1, at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.
"These are the moments I play tennis for," said a beaming Shaughnessy, 23, who will meet fifth-ranked Jennifer Capriati tomorrow in a quarterfinal. "I live for these times, and that's what all my training goes into. So I'm feeling really, really happy right now."
She should. Williams, 22, has been in the last two of three Key Biscayne finals, losing to sister Serena last year and in 1999. Venus has won 29 singles titles, including four Grand Slams.
"You know, it's impossible to win every match," Williams said. "I tried. But I couldn't seem to get the ball to go in today.
Serena Williams will meet 18-year-old qualifier Marion Bartoli of France in today's quarterfinal. Bartoli defeated an injured Lindsay Davenport.