Venus wins Memphis final

Updated: 22 March 2007 06:37 IST

Venus Williams capped her first tournament, beating top-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-1 in the Cellular South Cup.

Venus wins Memphis final

Memphis:

Venus Williams capped her first tournament, beating top-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-1 in the Cellular South Cup.The event is merely a Tier III tournament and far below her last victory at Wimbledon in 2005, her fifth Grand Slam.But her 34th career title came in her first tournament since losing in the second round at Luxembourg in October 2006."I'm so excited," Williams said. "I feel like I know I can play this kind of tennis. I didn't feel like I was in a position to move my feet in any of the first four rounds. Today I knew I had to move." Injured wristThe 26-year-old Williams had hoped to return to competitive tennis at the Australian Open last month, won by her sister, Serena. But she had to pull out of that event and last week's tournament in Belgium because of her wrist.She came to Memphis, where the winner's cheque is a mere $28,000, to start working the rust out of her game, knowing that matches that count mean much more than practice. She came in ranked 54th after a year in which she finished outside the Top 15 for the first time in nine years.Defending titleOn the men's side, the top seeds advanced to the final in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships for the first time since 1987, when Stefan Edberg beat top-seeded Jimmy Connors.Andy Roddick got a little revenge on Saturday against Andy Murray for last weekend's semi-final loss in San Jose, beating the young Scot 6-3 7-6 (4). German Tommy Haas downed American Mardy Fish 6-3 6-4. Haas is trying to defend his title.



Topics : Tennis Venus Williams
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