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Venus Williams continued her love affair with Dubai as she lifted her third title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Š—– her biggest title in four years

Venus triumphs in Dubai

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Originally published on 23/02/14

Williams had not played in Dubai since she lifted her second title there in 2010, but she rolled back the years with a powerful display of tennis, beating Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the final, where she defeated Alize Cornet 6-3 6-0.

Cornet had upset Williams’ sister, world No.1 Serena in the semi-finals, but she was no match for an inspired Venus, who stormed to the title without dropping a set.

“I think the last tournament I won was at the end of 2012, so probably about 18 months now,” Williams said. But it feels good. That's all I can say."

“Alize is playing great," she added. "I think if she continues to play like that, she's going to play deep in a lot of tournaments and keep improving. It's great to see that, because she's a great addition to the game. She brings so much passion on the court, so it's great to see her playing well. I mean, I was fully expecting to play Serena, so for her to get that win was awesome.

"But I have had a good week. Everything is falling together pretty much, is all I can say."

Cornet said: "It was a great week for me – it's always tough to finish like this, and I believed in my chances today, but I think there's a lot to be happy about, and I'm very motivated for the rest of the season.”

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Venus Williams continued her love affair with Dubai as she lifted her third title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Š—– her biggest title in four years
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