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Venus Williams On A Roll
By Burton Vanderfliet, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Sunday, March 1, 2009 4:24pm PST USA
Venus Williams On A Roll, Lawn Tennis Magazine Acapulco--( After coming under criticism at times as enjoying her greatest successes primarily on grasscourts only, Venus Williams of the USA in recent months has won four WTA Tour singles titles on three different surfaces including her win Saturday on the claycourts of the Mexican Open.

The former number one, now ranked fifth, who first reached the world's top ranking in 2002, took the Wimbledon singles title the last two years to bring her total of Wimbledon singles championships to five.

Venus Williams of the USA | Image: AP
Venus Williams has won four of her last five tournaments and 20 of her last 21 matches, including the last 10 matches in a row.

And for her 41st career singles title win in Acapulco, Mexico this week, the top seeded Williams was playing on her worst surface; clay, and facing her recent nemesis, the second seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Williams had lost to Pennetta three times in a row prior to defeating Pennetta in the Zurich WTA Tour final in the winter last year.

On the slower red claycourts at Acapulco, Williams raced to a 5-0 first set lead. She then took the first set before breaking serve at 4-2 in set two. Williams held serve to seal the championship match win 6-1, 6-2 in a stunning display of power tennis after only 62 minutes of play.

The American's most formidable weapon, her serve, was in top form as was her forehand, which had troubled her to a degree in the past. For her victory, Williams received the customary nice trophy and check, but as well a wide sombrero hat and another boost to her self-confidence; as if she needed it.

The 28 year old Williams has won four of her last five tournaments and 20 of her last 21 matches, including the last 10 matches in a row.

After taking indoor tournament titles last winter in Zurich and Doha, Williams struggled with errors in January at the Australian Open to lose in an early round. However last week on the Dubai hardcourts, Williams would lay the foundation for her back to back title wins in as many weeks.

“It was a really tough week. I really, really wanted to win this tournament,” Williams said. “I'm so excited about it.”

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