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Memphis, Tennessee
February 16-25, 2007
Regions Morgan Keegan Championships And Cellular South Cup - Memphis 2007
Venus Williams Takes Memphis Title In Comeback
Reporting From Onsite In Memphis, Tennessee
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2007 10:45am CST USA
F: V. Williams def. S. Peer 6-1, 6-1
Shahar Peer Venus Williams 
Memphis 2007 Regions Morgan Keegan
 Championships and the Cellular South Cup

Venus Williams 5-0 in 2007

MEMPHIS--( At the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and Cellular South Cup Saturday night, Venus Wiliams of the USA defeated Shahar Peer of Israel 6-1, 6-1 in one hour, eight minutes to claim her first singles title of the year in her first tournament back from a wrist injury which kept her sidelined for several months.

Williams started the match at full power, hitting a forehand swing volley winner to break Peer for 3-0. More winners from Venus including a 125 mile per hour ace down the tee sealed set one 6-1 after only thirty minutes. "That's the old Venus," someone in the pro-Venus crowd said.

Peer held serve to start set two after Williams hit one of her scarce errors of the match, a mishit forehand which landed wide. After breaking serve to reach 2-1, Williams walked to her chair giving her father and coach Richard Williams a glance and fist pump. Mr. Williams waved back.

"We get along really good," Williams said of her father. "We have a lot of fun. I've grown up to be pretty much just like him. (He's) been a major influence in (my) life. That's the way it's supposed to be."

After taking more time than allowed to change rackets, Peer was given a code violation as if she needed more to worry about. At 6-1, 5-1 with Peer serving one fan commented, "I hope she holds serve so Venus can serve it out." However a Venus Williams forehand down the line winner decided the match as Williams won with remarkable ease against a very tough opponent.

Williams had rattled off six straight games to close the match, never facing a breakpoint. "It's very exciting," Williams said. "I feel like I know I can play this kind of tennis. In the first few matches I expected not to maybe be at the very top of my game. I love a challenge to be honest. It was a wonderful match."

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