Venus Williams defeated France’s Virginie Razzano 6-4, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships to win her first title of the season .
The victory gave Venus her 40th career singles title and was the seventh triumph in her last eight finals. Her last title came at the WTA Championships in Doha in November.
A day earlier, Venus upset sister Serena 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 to reach the final while the unseeded Razzano put out 16th seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-1, 6-2 to move on to the title match.
Venus will return to the Top 5 from sixth for the first time since the week of August 25, 2003.
When questioned if she might also replace her younger sibling at the top of the rankings, Venus said “Well I would love to be the best in the world – and I am coming. So I am going to try.”
So how does Venus prep to become one of the best tennis players in the world? Well one thing she does is balance her intense training by getting in touch with her girly side. Check out this photo shoot she recently did with Marie Claire. Maybe the underwater glamour tennis shots are a cross-training secret that will help put her on top.