Dubai Crown Excites Venus

Venus Williams, who defeated Alize Cornet in straight sets to win the Dubai Championships title for a third time is excited to be back with a trophy.
The 33-year-old American, now down at 44 in the world rankings, gained revenge for her sister and world number one Serena, who suffered a semi-final defeat by the Frenchwoman on Friday.
“It’s great to be back”, said Williams. “I was expecting to be playing Serena, but Alize played an amazing game in the semis, so congratulations on that.
Referring to the immune deficiency which has threatened her career in recent years, she added: “I have continued being able to practise, and I have been getting healthier.
“It hasn’t been easy. I have to thank the tournament for a wild card, and my family and Serena for encouraging me. They all kept me up when I was down”.
Venus used all of her experience to record a 6-3 6-0 victory against the world number 26 in Saturday’s final.
This was her first WTA Tour title since she won in Luxembourg in October 2012. Dubai is a happy hunting ground for the seven-times Grand Slam champion, this win follows those in 2009 and 2010.
Cornet’s impressive victory over Serena in the last four means the Williams sisters have still not met in a final since 2009.


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