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Venus Williams wins Zurich Open

Oct. 19, 2008 at 3:51 PM

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- American women's tennis great Venus Williams beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta in straight sets Sunday to win the Zurich Open in Switzerland.

The 28-year-old Williams, the tournament's third seed, was pushed to a first-set tiebreaker, but dominated the match the rest of the way. The scores were 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

Williams walked away with a $95,500 first-place check and improved her career record to 506-121.

"I knew going into the final she was playing well," Williams told reporters.

When the latest world rankings are released Monday, she will assume a comfortable lead over Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska in the battle for the last two qualifying spots at the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Pennetta, 26, committed four double-faults and did not break Williams' serve.

She had reached the final with earlier wins against reigning world No. 1 and U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic in the second round and Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in the semis.

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