Venus Williams wins 49th title

Venus Williams

Venus Williams started her professional career in 1994 at the age of 14

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams beat Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2 to win the inaugural Taiwan Open on Sunday.

Top seed Williams, 35, overcame the Japanese player to claim the 49th title of her 21-year professional career.

The American, who exited the Australian Open at the first-round stage in January, did not drop a set during the tournament in Kaohsiung.

Williams broke her second-seeded opponent three times in each set to win the final in one hour and 26 minutes.

Williams’ latest victory leaves her seventh on the all-time list of tournament wins in women’s singles.

Martina Navratilova leads the way on 167 titles, while Venus’ younger sister, world number one Serena Williams, has 69 career tournament victories.

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