DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Venus Williams won her 45th career WTA title at the Dubai Championships in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet of France in the final at the United Arab Emirates.
The 44th-ranked Williams, playing courtesy of a wild card, also won this title in 2009 and 2010. She’s won her last 15 matches in Dubai. Williams, who will move up to No. 29 in Monday’s updated rankings, last won a title at the 2012 Luxembourg tournament.
“Just a lot of match toughness, mental toughness,” said Williams, when asked to explain her remarkable week of play.
The scoreline didn’t indicate how strong an effort Cornet put into the final, often matching Williams stroke by...