World No.8 Venus Williams won the WTA season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha by beating Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2. This is her first win in this event.
“I’m so excited,” Williams said. “That was a hard-fought match, every point, right down to the end.”
Venus got better of Zvonareva with her extremely powerful strokes and awesome timing. She won $1.34 million for her win in the tournament which will go in the history as the first time when the women’s top prize money is same as that of men’s contest.
This championship might be the first step of the revival of the performance of former Wimbledon champion. Venus has been the target of critics for her poor show in the past few seasons. She had also been down with injury problems and the fact that this is her biggest win, apart from Wimbledon title, in seven years… says a lot. Her ranking will now improve to No.6, replacing Maria Sharapova who is reeling with a shoulder injury for the past two months.
Meanwhile, Venus, who usually chooses not to talk politics outside the court, welcomed Barack Obama as the new President of the United States. Maybe it was the same African ancestry (Kenya) which did the trick.
“Since its beginning, America became a country which was intolerant of different minorities and skin colors. So I think it’s amazing that America has an opportunity to have someone who is from a minority or mixed race, or whatever you want to call him.”
Venus became the first African-American to win the Wimbledon title in more than 40 years, when she triumphed in 2000.
More photos and a video of Venus Williams are below.
Venus Williams Video