Fifth-ranked Venus Williams followed up her Dubai title defense by extending her reign in Acapulco, winning the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL for the second time in a row.
The title at the International-level event in Mexico didn’t come easy for the top-seeded Venus, who had to overcome some real hurdles even though she faced opponents much lower ranked than herself.
The first two rounds went by fine, but in the quarterfinals against world No.399 qualifier Laura Pous Tio, Venus was 5-1 down in the third set before pulling off one of her biggest career comebacks. The following semifinal against world No.164 Edina Galovits was also a three-setter. In the title match, the seven-time Grand Slam champion faced first-time finalist, world No.60 and eighth seed Polona Hercog of Slovenia, and fought back after losing the first set to win 2-6 6-2 6-3.
Williams has now won nine titles on clay, coming in second among active players after Justine Henin who has 12. The American has also extended the gap between herself and Henin, having won 43 career titles to Henin’s 41.
Good job Venus, good to see you win this title and
come back in the 3rd set. And take it to the 60th
ranked player from Slovenia. I only hoped your path
in the final and from the quarterfinals would have
been easy. You gave me a scare in that one with
Tio’s when it was 1-5 down in 3rd set and coming
back from the brink. And to see you win that 6 games straight was so Awesome!. It was so amazing and now
to see you win 43 titles is such a sight!. I hope
more titles come your way this year and more to come! I can’t wait till 2012 for the olympics and
see you win 3 gold medals and make history that
will be the sight I will want to see and to see
you achieve that will be history in the making…
Gongrats Venus. She really showed some character to come back and win. Indian Wells will be very interesting.
she looks so cute!!!!!! i love that trophy
I can’t get past the sombrero. 😛
Nice smile from Venus.
Second straight title in Acapulco for Venus, well done.
well VEE, we sweated a wee bit in the last three rds, but you pulled thru, i realized its one game, or match at a time, now, MSG awaits so i am pulling for u again
Good win, hopefully she’ll have a successful year.