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Off-bead Venus goes to pieces; TENNIS.

US Open champion Lindsay Davenport romped into the Australian Open women's semi-finals in Melbourne today as Venus Williams went to pieces after being docked a point after her hair beads flew off.

The top seed won 6-4 6-0 in 62 minutes and now plays unseeded Amelie Mauresmo of France in the semi-finals.

Williams, the fifth seed, lost her concentration after a bizarre incident at break point 2-0 down in the second set when some of her trademark beads from her hair sprayed all over her side of the court and she was deducted a point.

Swedish umpire Denis Overberg docked her the point and she lost the game under a new WTA ruling brought into play when the Williams sisters with their beaded hair started playing.

She never recovered her composure, and Davenport romped home.

Earlier in the day, Swede Thomas Enqvist emerged as favourite to win the men's singles after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final by beating unseeded Marc Rosset in straight sets.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 26, 1999
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