It was the dream final everyone was waiting for, but while one of the two played fine the other one played out of this world, as Venus Williams routed Flavia Pennetta for her 41st career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presented by HSBC.
From the start of the week, Williams and Pennetta were heavy favorites to reach the final, but neither of them had a smooth ride. Williams was pushed to three sets in her first three matches of the week, although she did pull off a 60 63 semifinal win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova; three of Pennetta's pre-final victories ended in straight sets, but she was almost bundled out in the quarterfinals, rallying from 62 20 down to beat Petra Cetkovska, 26 63 60.
It could be argued that Pennetta held a mental edge over Williams going into the final, as she had won three of their five previous meetings. And those wins had come consecutively - at Bangkok in 2007 then Roland Garros and Moscow in 2008 - making her one of only seven players ever to pull off the hat-trick on Williams (and the other six to pull it off are all former world No.1s or world No.2s).
Williams was all over Pennetta in the final, though. Her serve was on fire (she lost just 13 points in her eight service games, five of those coming from double faults) and she was devastating on the return too (breaking Pennetta four out of seven times). The much-hyped final was over in only an hour and two minutes, 61 62.
Go here to continue reading this story. Congratulations Venus! Well done indeed.