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Venus topples Cornet to triumph in Dubai

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Venus Williams has now won the event in Dubai three times © Getty Images
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Venus Williams collected her first WTA title in almost two years after defeating Alize Cornet to win the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Williams, who last won a title in Luxembourg in 2012, has battled with Sjögren's Syndrome which saw her miss over seven months on the circuit, but returned to winning ways with a dominant 6-3 6-0 victory over Cornet, who defeated world No.1 Serena Williams in the semi-finals.

"First of all, I think Alize is playing great. I think if she continues to play like that, she's going to play deep in a lot of tournaments and keep improving. It's great to see that, because she's a great addition to the game.

"She brings so much passion on the court, so it's great to see her playing well. I mean, I was fully expecting to play Serena, so for her to get that win was awesome," Venus Williams said on winning the event for a third time.

"But I have had a good week. Everything is falling together pretty much, is all I can say."

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