August 4, 2015

Venus Williams Reaches Dubai Semis

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(February 20, 2014)DUBAI – Venus Williams fought off a late charge to stop Flavia Pennetta to reach the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 6-3, 7-5 win on Thursday.

The two-time former champion had to serve for the match twice. Williams at 5-4 could nor close out the match on her first match point and Pennetta eventually broke serve. Pennetta gave back the service break in the next game and Williams rallied from 0-40 on her serve to finally close out the match.

“She just keeps fighting. She stays relevant,” said Williams of the veteran Penetta. “That’s what she does really well. She stays in the point. I have to give her credit for that. I think I could have maybe made a couple more shots, but it’s not always easy against someone who competes as well as her.”

Williams evaluated her own performance: “I felt good.  You know, it was an adjustment playing someone like her.  Her game is different than (Ana) Ivanovic, so it was definitely an adjustment.  I have to be more patient; the points are going to be longer.  We have to be a little bit more measured.

“I think in the beginning of the match I wasn’t really on that mode, but as the match went on, then I started to kind of self‑correct a little bit.”

With Williams in the semifinals and her sister Serena on the other side of the draw, Venus was asked about a possible all-Williams final.

“I think that would be fantastic, you know, but we both have to get there,” Venus said . “I would like both of us to get there, so we’ll see.”

The last time Venus and Serena met in a final was back in 2009 when Serena defeated Venus in Doha in the WTA Year End Championship.

Venus Williams will play eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki who dominated Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-2.

Wozniacki in press

“That was good. That was really pleasing, and I always know that Sorana can be a tricky opponent,” said Wozniacki. “It was important for me not to let her back in the game, and I felt like I served well and I put the pressure on her and played the way I wanted to play today.”

“All credit to Caroline,” Cirstea said. “She played great today. I think she played one of the best matches I have ever played against her. Very solid. Quite aggressive from the start. She should definitely deserve this win. I didn’t really get a chance to get fully into the match.”


Pro Am to Benefit Autism Speaks

(KEY BISCAYNE, FL – March 4, 2011)  Sunny Florida and Biscayne Capital welcomes you to attend one of the most awaited for tennis events of the season, the V Annual Tennis Pro-Am scheduled to take place at beautiful Ocean Club Tennis Center in Key Biscayne on March, 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm.


This is the fifth consecutive year of the event which has brought tennis stars such as Carlos Moya, Feliciano Lopez, David Ferrer, Andres Gomez and Guillermo Vilas to show their court abilities and to be part of a special event that benefits Autism Speaks, a national non-profit corporation (the entity raises money for the research of Autism, which affects 1 out of 110 children).


Amongst the invited professionals to this year’s event are the 2011 women doubles Australian Open winners Gisela Dulko and Flavia Penetta and tennis celebrities Leander Paes, Guillermo Cañas, Juan Monaco, André Sá and Nicolás Lapentti, to name a few.


This exclusive event is a tremendous opportunity for tennis enthusiasts to get closer to their favorites and even share the court with them. The tournament is set up in a way that amateurs play side-by-side with tennis professionals on a court-rotating basis. Each amateur has the opportunity to play doubles with or against every professional player invited to the event.


And, if you rather be the spectator and share the same passion for the game, attendees have an opportunity to get a close up with these stars at an exclusive Private Cocktail Party that will follow the tournament.  Cocktail Party tickets are sold for $50 each and enable us to help those in need since part of the proceeds of the event will benefit Autism Speaks.


Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about participating in the event or purchasing tickets for the Private Cocktail Party, please contact Lighthouse event organizers Nicolas Pereira at 786.269.8266 or Vannessa Serrano at 305.301.6504.



ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks believes that, working together, the missing pieces of the puzzle will be found.  Autism Speaks is dedicated to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders and aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.  Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen!


ABOUT BISCAYNE CAPITAL: Biscayne Capital’s first priority is helping clients achieve their financial goals by providing flexible, independent and seamless access to a wide spectrum of global financial products and services. Biscayne Capital is led by an eclectic group of top-tier money managers, financial advisors, entrepreneurs and attorneys who have a wealth of hands-on, real-world experience.


ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE EVENTS: Lighthouse Events, LLC is an exclusive events planner based in Key Biscayne, Florida.