x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Rezai takes down Venus Williams to claim Madrid crown

Venus Williams was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by the unseeded Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in the Madrid Masters final.

Venus Williams was beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Aravane Rezai in the Madrid Masters final yesterday. Rezai rallied from two breaks down in the second set to win her third career title in her sixth final. The unseeded Frenchwoman was making her second appearance at the Madrid Masters and came into the event having lost in the first round in Barcelona and the second in Rome. She ended up dropping only one set throughout the tournament. "It's been the best week of my career," Rezai said. "I played very well and I'm very proud of myself because it was a very tough tournament and there were a lot of players here - everyone was here - so I just believed in myself." Williams said: "I probably wasn't at the highest of my energy today. I felt a little slower than normal, but I tried hard and I feel very good about my game. Sometimes you run into a player who's red hot, they hit every shot, they don't miss - and credit to them." * Agencies