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Rezai beat Williams in women's Madrid Masters final

05-17-2010 10:34 BJT

An unseeded Frenchwoman tried to spring a surprise in the women's Madrid Masters final. Aravane Rezai faced seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams in what looked like a potential mismatch for the ladies' championship.

But no one handed the 24th-ranked Rezai the script. She broke Venus' serve to lead 2-1 in the opening set, and broke again to make it 5-2 on her way to a first set win.

Rezai made only five unforced errors in the first set, but then the wheels started to come off. She notched 26 unforced mistakes in the second set. Two errors and a winner by Williams gave the American four break points in the second game.

Rezai saved three, but lost the fourth to a stinging forehand return from Williams and the Frenchwoman trailed 2-0. Rezai broke back immediately but failed to hold serve in the next game as Williams went ahead 3-1.

Williams served for the set at 5-3 but the seven-time Grand Slam title winner couldn't return a deep groundstroke. Rezai had a chance for a comeback.

She made the most of it with a deep backhand return past Venus. Rezai got out of trouble in the next game by saving a string of set points as Williams attacked her serve before holding on.

Venus drifted a forehand out to put Rezai ahead 6-5, and then the Frenchwoman served it out to pick up the most impressive victory in her career 6-2, 7-5.

Venus Williams, 7-Time Grand Slam Winner, said, "Yeah, its been a good week, really busy, a lot of matches, and of course I would have loved to have taken it one step further in the singles but in general I'm playing really well and looking forward to the French (Open)."

Aravane Rezai, Winner, Madrid Masters, said, "I think the key to the match was to fight from the beginning, and being aggressive, and that's what I did from the first set and I just kept fighting and I think that was the key to the match and that's what I did."

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source:

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