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Venus wins Acapulco for 41st title

TOP-SEEDED Venus Williams brushed aside defending champion Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-2 to win the Mexican Open title yesterday.

The 62-minute victory earned Williams her 41st career singles title and second in two weeks. She won in Dubai last weekend, where she became the only active player to win 40 titles.

Making her debut on Acapulco's clay, Williams won three consecutive three-setters then lost only six games in her last two matches in extending her match-winning streak to 10.

She broke second-seeded Pennetta four times in the final and saved the only break point she faced.

Pennetta was playing in her sixth successive final in Acapulco, but has won only in 2005 and 2008. Her tournament-best record dropped to 28-5.

In the men's final later, Nicolas Almagro of Spain was defending his title against second-seeded Gael Monfils of France.


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