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Venus Williams wins 49th title

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Venus Williams has won the inaugural WTA Taiwan Open after defeating world number 62 Misaki Doi in straight sets to take her single open title wins to a career 49.

The world number 12 American was first seed for the event and lived up to the billing as she dominated a plucky Doi 6-4 6-2.

Second seed Doi cruised to the final dropping just 14 games on the way, but she would win just six in the match against Williams.

The seven-time grand slam winner looked dominant from the start as Doi struggled to come to terms with her serve.

The American won 67 per cent of points on her first serve and saved six out of nine break points.

Williams said she was honoured to headline the return of women’s tennis to Taiwan, and hinted her sister, world number one Serena, might make the trip next time.

“It’s wonderful to have women's tennis here. It’s been too long, it’s the first time in 22 years,” the number one seed said.

“It'’ my first time in Taiwan, so thank you for making me feel so welcome and thank you for making me feel at home.

“I might invite my sister to come here and play next time.”

Source : AP

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