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Venus Williams captures Korea Open

Sept. 30, 2007 at 5:55 PM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Venus Williams beat Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 Sunday in the title match of the Korea Open in Seoul.

With her latest victory, the top-seeded American secured her 36th career title and third this season.

The former Wimbledon champion had not lost a set this week before Sunday's final. She struggled because, in the disastrous second set, her serve was broken three times, and she double-faulted five times.

"Sometimes in the match, I was a little disappointed with the errors I was making, and it made it a lot tougher for me," Williams admitted. "But at the end, I guess in the last few games, I started to play much better."

The fourth-seeded Kirilenko, last week's winner at the Sunfeast Open in Kolkata, India, had won her last nine matches dating back to a third-round loss at the U.S. Open.

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