WTA Dubai Duty Free: Venus Williams claimed her first tournament success in 16 months

Last Updated: 22/02/14 7:10pm

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Venus Williams: Back to form with victory over Cornet

Venus Williams: Back to form with victory over Cornet

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Venus Williams crushed Alize Cornet 6-3 6-0 to win her first title in more than a year at the Dubai Championship.

Williams gained entry to the tournament thanks to a wildcard after falling out of the world's top-40 but proved there is still life in her 33-year-old legs.

Cornet had beaten Venus' younger sister Serena in the semi-finals but there was little likelihood of a follow-up for the Frenchwoman, who lost 12 of the last 13 games.

Venus has struggled for form since returning from a career-threatening immune deficiency virus two years ago, but did not drop a set in five matches this week.

"It's great to be back," she said. "I have continued being able to practice, 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.

"I'm not looking to do anything I did in the past because I already did that. I'm looking to improve and be a better, smarter Venus."

Williams has now won three Dubai titles in succession, having not been able to play since her wins in 2009 and 2010.

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