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Williams sisters cruise to victory

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:48

The Williams sisters, seeded fourth, defeated the defending champions and top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2 6-2 in 89 minutes.

The doubles final came 40 hours after Serena had been knocked out of the singles by Kim Clijsters, the Belgian having won when the American was punished with a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on match point, her second code violation of the match.

Before the doubles final got under way, Serena had issued an apology to the line judge she verbally abused during her semi-final defeat, amending a previous statement in which she had pointedly not made any such gesture.

Williams had been fined US dollars 10,000 for her tirade and could face the loss of her US dollars 350,000 prize money as a losing semi-finalist or a possible suspension from future grand slams after the Grand Slam Committee began a further investigation into the incident.

The former champion went some way to compensating for that potential financial loss as she and sister Venus picked up a US dollars 420,000 winners’ cheque after claiming their 10th doubles career grand slam title together and third of the year, following success at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The Wimbledon doubles title had also been at the expense of Huber and Black in a 6-1 6-2 thrashing and the Americans were similarly dominant in front of a thin crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium as the final grand slam of the year stretched into an extra day following the heavy rain delays of late last week.

The Williams sisters hit the ground running and just kept going, Zimbabwe’s Black failing to win a game on serve and she and her American partner Huber winning just two points on their second serves.

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