Venus Does a Lay-Up in Taiwan, Vinci Still Kicking with St. Pete Crown
Venus Wins Tailor-made Title in Taiwan
The Venus Williams Open, otherwise known as the Taiwan Open, ended on Sunday when the top seed defeated No. 2 seed Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 6-2, for her 49th career title.
“I’ve had so much success in Asia, I feel like it’s very lucky to play here,” said Williams, who trailed a break in the first set. “My opponent was incredible today. I was leading in the first set and then suddenly she was leading.”
Down a break Williams took control, winning the last three games of the first set and losing only two games from that point on.
Williams was ranked more than 50 ranking spots above the No. 2-seeded Doi on the WTA rankings.
The No. 61-ranked Doi fell to 1-2 in career finals.
Vinci Surprises Again, Winning WTA St. Pete in Russia
Italian Roberta Vinci continued her world-beating ways after upending Serena Williams last year at the US Open, on Sunday upsetting No. 1 seed Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3 for the title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
It was the 10th career title for Vinci and her first at the WTA Premier level. In the final the Italian found her offensive groove, hittng 32 winners to only 12 unforced errors.
“It was a tough match — Belinda is a great player, so it’s tough to play against her,” Vinci said. “She only missed a few balls, so I had to stay focused every single point. But I served so good today, so I think that was the key to my victory.”
Bencic will come out of the event with her first Top 10 ranking.
“Roberta played amazing today and throughout this tournament,” said Bencic on-court afterwards, falling to 2-4 in finals after two titles in 2015. “I gave everything I could but today you were much better!”
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