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Congrats: Venus Williams Claims First Luxembourg Open In Two Years

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On Sunday Venus Williams Won Her First WTA Tournament In More Than Two Years

Venus Williams Wins Luxembourg Open

Venus Williams is back! She snagged her first WTA Tournament in more than two years on Sunday, beating Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-2, 6-3 to take the Luxembourg Open title. The champion had been slowed for two seasons due to injuries and an autoimmune illness that often left her fatigued and with painful joints. She started her season in March after a seven-month layoff because of the illness.

Williams, now ranked No. 41, had not won a tournament since early 2010, when she took the titles in Dubai and Acapulco in short order. At 32, Williams won her 44th singles title in an astonishing career that includes seven Grand Slams.

Although Williams relies strongly on her serve, she was successful only 63% of her first serves and didn’t land a single ace on the indoor hard-courts at CK Sportcenter Kockelsheuer. She was very solid in her backcourt game as her opponent looked hesitant from the start and failed to acquire momentum. Throughout the 1 hour, 22 minute match, Williams rarely looked discomforted. She took early initiative and never let go.

 For Williams’ opponent, Niculescu (ranked No. 70), the defeat was the second consecutive loss in the Luxembourg Open final.