Venus Williams followed up last week’s win in Dubai with a 6-1 6-2 defeat of Flavia Pennetta in the final of Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC.
Williams has won four of her last five tournaments and 20 of her last 21 matches. She won titles late in 2008 at Zurich and the Sony Ericsson Championships, plus Dubai and now Acapulco this year. A second round loss to Carla Suarez Navarro at the Australian Open is that one loss Williams had.
Williams, the top seed, was serving amazing during the final. She lost just 13 points in her eight service games, five of those coming from double faults. Williams was great on the return too, breaking Pennetta four times, and finishing the final in only an hour and two minutes.
“What happened to me? Venus Williams is what happened to me. The No.5 player in the world is what happened to me!” joked the second-seeded Italian, who was playing her sixth straight Acapulco final. “She was just playing so strong, serving so well, it was hard to fight against her power. I didn’t feel I played badly, she just overpowered me.”
Flavia sure didn’t see the same match I saw. She was terrible. Her serve was bad, and she looked like she couldn’t even move for the entire first set. It was the worst performance I think I’ve ever seen from Pennetta, and I wish she’d own it.
Diane, I read your view of the final before reading Flavia’s statements, and I noticed you two didn’t really think in the same way. 🙂