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Venus returns to top 10 after win in Zhuhai

FORMER world No. 1 Venus Williams scraped past Karolina Pliskova to win the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, yesterday, the American claiming her third title of the season as she secured a return to the top 10 for the first time in four years.

The top seed was forced to dig deep into her vast reservoirs of experience to stave off Pliskova’s challenge and emerge a 7-5, 7-6 (6) winner against the gutsy Czech.

“Seven weeks here in Asia and now I feel like it’s my home,” Williams told the WTA website. “I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm.”

For the first time since 2008, Williams, a seven-time grand slam champion, won three titles — at Auckland, Wuhan and Zhuhai — in a season and the 700 points she earned yesterday helped the 35-year-old jump four places to world No. 7 in the new WTA rankings. Williams was last in the top 10 in 2011.


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