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Venus Williams Wins Fifth Title

July 29, 2002|Associated Press

There's more to Venus Williams than pure power.

With savvy shotmaking--and, of course, her booming serve--Williams defeated Belgian Kim Clijsters, 6-3, 6-3, Sunday to win the Bank of the West Classic title at Stanford.

The top-seeded Williams won her fifth title this year to maintain her No. 2 ranking behind sister Serena, the Wimbledon champion.

"To be honest, I think she played very well too," Williams said. "She brought out the best in me."

Williams kept her 19-year-old opponent on the run throughout the match with precise shots, compensating for an uncharacteristic 10 double-faults.

"The sun was definitely a factor," she said. "I had to start moving my toss around a bit."

Williams' serve didn't totally leave her. She was still clocked at 119 mph at one point.

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Alex Corretja beat French Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3, to win the $1-million Generali Open for the second time at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Argentina's Jose Acasuso, 19, defeated countryman Franco Squillari, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, in the final of the $700,000 Prokom Open at Sopot, Poland, to win his first ATP Tour title.

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