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Tennis: Cornet triumphs over Williams in Dubai Open

Published on Feb 22, 2014 1:14 AM
 

DUBAI (AFP) - Alize Cornet of France scored a career-best victory and created a major upset in the process with victory over world number one Serena Williams in the Dubai Open, which ended hopes of an all-Williams final.

Cornet, making her way back into the world's top 20 after a long interval, won their semi-final 6-4, 6-4.

Earlier, Venus Williams reached only her second final in 16 months and with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Wozniacki, in which she dominated the former world number one from Denmark from start to finish with her heavier, and sometimes cleverly angled, driving.

But Cornet dashed hopes of the first all-Williams sisters final in more than four years as she played an almost impeccable match, full of solid serving and sturdy rallying.

 
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