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Venus takes title in Dubai

Venus Williams rounded off a hugely impressive week by securing the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship title on Saturday.

The seven-time grand slam champion, who has struggled for form and fitness in recent years, headed into the tournament in the United Arab Emirates as a wild card ranked 44th in the world.

But she ended it as champion and without losing a set following a comprehensive 6-3 6-0 triumph over Alize Cornet, who had upset Venus' sister Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Friday.

Venus Williams stormed to a 5-2 lead in the first set and then - after Cornet held for 5-3 - the American reeled off seven games to seal the rout.

"First of all, I think Alize is playing great," Williams said on www.wtatennis.com. "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."

On claiming her first title since 2012, she said: "Gosh, it's been like - I think the last tournament I won was at the end of 2012, so probably about 18 months now. But it feels good. That's all I can say."

Cornet acknowledged she had been well beaten, saying: "6-3 6-0 is a bit tough in an hour and 30, so I guess there was a battle on the court, but she was just better than me - that's it, really there's nothing else to say.

"She was playing more aggressively. She was pushing me out of the court very far from the baseline. I didn't play as deep as yesterday and didn't serve as well - but Venus played well the whole week and deserves this title."