Sunday, February 14, 2016 12:13 pm
Venus Williams has clinched her 49th career singles title, beating Misaki Doi in two straight sets, 6-4 6-2 at the Taiwan Open.
Thirty five year-old Williams won the tournament on Sunday without dropping a set, all through the week.
Her opponent too, seeded number two, did not lose a set until the final, ranged against the veteran American player.
Misaki from Tokyo Japan, is 10 years younger to Venus and is ranked 61st in the world. Venus is ranked 12th .
The American appeared to have things under control from the outset, but Doi, who held a match point against eventual Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in their Melbourne first round, rebounded in style to win four straight games and lead Williams by a break.
That proved to be the last major momentum swing, however, as the former No.1 swept the final three games to take the first set and drop just two more to win the final in just under 90 minutes.
Williams didn’t lose a set through five matches in Kaohsiung, and will hold on to her current ranking of No.11 by virtue of winning the title.
Doi had come into the match hoping to win her second career titles – having won her first last fall at the BGL BNP Luxembourg Open – but nonetheless finds herself just outside the Top 50 thanks to her run in Taiwan.
In doubles, hometown favorites Chan Yung-Jan and Chan Hao-Ching won their first title of 2016, defeating Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato, 6-4, 6-3.
*Our Error: We miscounted Venus career singles to be 50 as our headline shows. We have been corrected they are 49. We apologise for the error.