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Resilient Venus emerges victorious in Luxembourg
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They say form is temporary but class is permanent – an absolutely apt statement that applies on legends like Venus Williams, who has been a role-model for all the aspiring and struggling players, who want to defy all the odds to achieve glory on WTA tour.
The former World No. 1 Venus Williams showed her vintage form and true class on Sunday as she earned a straight sets 6-2 6-3 victory over Monica Niculescu to claim WTA Luxembourg title. Williams raced to a 3-0 lead in the start and never looked back until she mustered this straight sets victory to claim 44th career title.
Venus came into this tournament as an unseeded player and just like another underdog, but she showed that a lot of tennis is still left in her. After the match, the elated Williams said, "I had to work so hard to get to the final - the match against Andrea was so challenging, and the two matches before as well, and even my first round I had to stay really focused. Monica was in her second final here so she obviously feels really good on this court. You have to hit five, six, seven shots more than usual. It can be frustrating. She's tricky. You have to be ready."
"The score looked easy but the first set was 6-2 and like 42 minutes!" Williams said. "You have to put a lot of balls back in the court against her. It was back and forth, back and forth - I knew I just had to stay focused and keep fighting.
"Coming to the tournament this week I was just trying to play well. I didn't know if I could win this event, so to stand here as the winner is a wonderful way for me to end the year, and it really makes me look forward to next year as well."
Williams’s won her last title in February 2010 at Acapulco WTA event. She had to miss-out a major part of the 2011 season due to recurring injuries and deteriorating health condition. But, it seems that the older Williams sister is back on the tour – with all the requisite confidence she needs.
She further added "My main goal coming here was to make the Top 32 and be seeded going into the Australian Open. I hope I'm somewhere in the Top 32 now. But wherever I end up, it's just very rewarding to win here after facing a lot of challenges."
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