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Venus Williams Wins Dubai To Restart Her Career

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venus wins after 16 monthsBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Needing a wild-card entry into the Dubai Open to even compete, Venus Williams used the opportunity to reestablish her prominence by winning the tournament with a dominating 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Alise Cornet.

The victory was Williams’ first in 16 months, and showed she remains a competitive player at the age of 33, despite falling out of the top 40 ranked players in the world.

Cornet, from France, defeated Williams’ sister Serena in the semi-finals.

Venus Williams won the same tournament four years ago.

“It’s great to be back,” she said after her victory.

Williams has battled a an immune deficiency that has threatened to end her career. She said she has been able to practice more of late and feels healthier.

“It hasn’t been easy. I have to thank the tournament for a wild card, and my family and Serena for encouraging me. They all kept me up when I was down,” Williams said, according to report by Yahoo News.

Williams has made it clear that despite the health issues and recent struggles on the court, she is determined to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She and her sister have won three straight Olympic gold medals in doubles dating back to 2004. Venus also won a singles gold medal in the Sydney games. Following Serena’s gold medal singles victory, the two sisters became the only women to have four Olympic gold medals in tennis.

“We’re definitely planning on Rio. We’re going out with a bang in Rio. Hopefully we will make it four, you never know,” Venus Williams said after the 2012 double victory.


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at