And for her 41st career singles title win in Acapulco, Mexico this week, the top seeded Williams
was playing on her worst surface; clay, and facing her recent nemesis, the second seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy. Williams had
lost to Pennetta three times in a row prior to defeating Pennetta in the Zurich WTA Tour final in the winter last year.
On the slower red claycourts at Acapulco, Williams raced to a 5-0 first set lead. She then took the first set before breaking
serve at 4-2 in set two. Williams held serve to seal the championship match win 6-1, 6-2 in a stunning display of power tennis
after only 62 minutes of play.
The American's most formidable weapon, her serve, was in top form as was her forehand, which had troubled her to a degree in the
past. For her victory, Williams received the customary nice trophy and check, but as well a wide sombrero hat and another boost to
her self-confidence; as if she needed it.
The 28 year old Williams has won four of her last five tournaments and 20 of her last 21 matches, including the last 10 matches in a row.
After taking indoor tournament titles last winter in Zurich and Doha, Williams struggled with errors in January at the Australian
Open to lose in an early round. However last week on the Dubai hardcourts, Williams would lay the foundation for her back to back
title wins in as many weeks.
It was a really tough week. I really, really wanted to win this tournament, Williams said. I'm so excited about it.