Venus Williams ends Shahar Peer’s run at Dubai Championships


Venus Williams

Venus Williams reached the final of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships by defeating surprise semifinalist Shahar Peer in the modest surroundings of Court Two, the court of choice because of safety reasons.

Third-seeded Williams defeated Peer 6-1 6-4 amid tight security that surrounded the Israeli all week. Even though Peer’s appearance in Dubai had to be accompanied by her being kept separate from other players, she enjoyed one of the most successful tournaments of her career.

“It was a different experience but a nice one,” said world No.22 Peer who upset three seeds on her way to the semis. “I’m sure I will remember this tournament for the rest of my life.”

Reigning champion Venus Williams will play fourth seed Victoria Azarenka in the final, as the Belorussian defeated seed No.7 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-4 in the final four. Williams and Azarenka have met only once so far – two years ago at the Beijing Olympics and the American won that match. (photo by our reader Bobby)


  1. Good job Venus for winning the Dubai tournament
    6-3, 7-5, Azarenka put up a good fight, gosh
    Eurosport did a good job in showing this match.
    It kept me on edge, especially seeing how
    Venus was being broken in the 2nd set by
    Azarenka like how she was yesterday against by
    Peer. Dang it was 3-1, and Venus clearly should
    have gone up 4-1 but lost the points and then
    at 3-2 when it was 40-15 on her serve Azarenka
    won the points and was back on serve at 3 all.
    And it kept getting tight, seeing Venus go for
    broke and trying to hit the aces 7 in total
    in which she did. I was really worried this
    would go to a tie breaker, or 3rd set in favor
    for the 2nd set to Azarenka. Because it was
    the 2nd time Azarenka coach came out there to
    give her advice even after she broke back.
    I really didn’t like that honestly, and I thought
    Venus should have done the same thing to but
    Venus really didn’t need David Witt, or her
    Father to tell what she didn’t already know
    about Azarenka’s game. And it was awesome to
    see how Venus let Azarenka pick the winning
    ticket for the draw for the 2 million at the
    end of the ceremonies, you could tell she was
    a gracious person and she knew she felt sorry
    for Azarenka, even though she likes to win
    Venus. I’m happy for you Venus!


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