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Venus Williams dominates a player half her age

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By Victor Ochieng

Without a doubt, Venus Williams is still a pro at 34-years-old. The defending champion dominated the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships, winning decisively against Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic. But what drew many analysts’ attention was the players’ age difference: Bencic is 17.

In the game played Monday, Williams won 6-1, 6-2, silencing critics who may have thought that her age would get the best of her.

“At 34, I mean, I’m hitting a little bit harder than most people and playing some offense on the run and hitting the ball just as hard,” Williams said. “When I was 17, I didn’t think about what the age was of someone across the net. All you think of is ‘I want to beat them.'”

Going into the second set, Bencic may have thought she was on track to victory, staying ahead with 2-0, but that didn’t last as Williams swiftly claimed the lead in just 69 minutes.

After beating her opponent, Venus revealed that her secret is her new strategy.

“I’m pleased to have been able to get into a position to win some matches” said Venus. “Once you win some it helps you to have that momentum. My strategy is a lot better than five or six years ago, and now I have a backhand slice and actually start to use it, even when I’m not playing better.”

She has now won 10 out of 11 competitions this year.

The win only reaffirms her dominance in the previous competitions, with the latest being her 16th straight win. Venus won the championship in 2009, 2010 and 2014, skipping 3 competitions.

Another player who put up a spirited performance to claim victory was Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova, who just jetted in with another victory from a Sunday Thailand Open game in Pattaya City. Although worn down with lack of sleep, she managed to beat Germany’s Mona Barthel 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3, in 2 hours and 39 minutes.

“This is where the love for the sport comes in,” Hantuchova said. “Yes, I’m tired, but it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova also won against Anastasia Pavylyuchenkova of Russia, playing in her 4th continent in just 4 weeks. She secured a strong 6-2, 6-4 victory to advance.

“In the second set I had a break, and then I was feeling I’m sleeping a little bit,” Pliskova said. “But then I [came] back and I’m happy that I didn’t go [to] the third set.”

Also in the tournament, 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic advanced after beating Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig 6-1, 6-4. China’s 16th-seeded Peng Shuai also registered a win against Russia’s Elena Vesnina, beating her 7-5, 6-1.

American player CoCo Vandewegh exited prematurely after sustaining a shoulder injury while trailing Ukraine’s Elina 3-1.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Louis

    February 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Well she wanted to go against Venus Williams, that’s like putting a Volkswagen Jetta against a Ferrari.

  2. Louis

    February 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I am sure this 17 year old was thinking that Venus is old and she was going to show her what some New Young Blood was capable of doing to Venus on the court. Heck Venus Spank Her, Burp Her, Put a Diaper on her A $ $ and sent her home.

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