Venus Williams Help America Beat Russia

January 10, 2009

Wimbledon champion Venus Williams beat World No.7 Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-2 in the finals of the World Team Challenge being played in Hong Kong. With this win, Team America beat Team Russia to finish at the top.

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“We both wanted it so badly, so it was a very emotional match for both of us,” Williams said. “I think I took the things that I learned from that match (in the WTA Championships) and used it today.

“That helped me a lot.”

Williams was almost ruthless in the match which didn’t seem like any international tournament final. She broke Zvonareva’s service in the first and the third game to help secure a confident win. She has already defeated top-ranked Jelena Jankovic and Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze in the run-up to the final.

In a surprising fashion, Argentina’s Gisela Dulko earlier beat Chakvetadze to give Team America a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

This tournament was the last warm-up event for all the professional players before the Australian Open, which starts on the 19th January.


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