Venus Williams put to bed a two-and-a-half-year trophy-less hoodoo to claim the Luxembourg Open title in emphatic style on Sunday.
The American former world number one overcame Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-3 to win her 44th WTA tour title and prove she is still as good as ever. Indeed, Venus will hope she can reclaim the sort of form that saw her and sister Serena dominate the sport less than five years ago.
While Serena prepares for the WTA Championships in Istanbul this week, her sister will look on knowing performances like hers against Niculescu could well see her make the tournament in a year’s time. This season has been tough for Venus and many have suggested she is coming to the end of her career but a first title since 2010 suggests she could stage a comeback to form next season.
After the game she admitted to reporters of her low expectations heading into Luxembourg: “Coming to the tournament this week I was just trying to play well. I didn’t know if I could win this event, so to stand here as the winner is a wonderful way for me to end the year, and it really makes me look forward to next year as well.”
Indeed, Venus now has the winter break to recuperate from a tough season and use this title as a stepping stone to regaining the sort of form that saw her clinch seven Grand Slams in the past.