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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Outlasts Venus Williams To Win Quebec City Title
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:35pm PST USA
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Outlasts Venus Williams To Win Quebec City Title, Roger Federer, Venus Williams QUEBEC CITY--Sunday in the final round of the Coupe Banque Nationale at Quebec City, Canada, in a battle of former teen queens, the unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia topped the top seeded Venus Williams of the USA 6-4, 6-3 to take her first WTA Tour title in 16 years.

Williams and Lucic-Baroni, two of womenís tennisí hardest hitters ever, both started the match on cue with the Croatian striking two aces in the opening game; before the American hit two crosscourt backhand volley

former teen queens Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia and Venus Williams of the USA
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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia topped the top seeded Venus Williams of the USA 6-4, 6-3 to take her first WTA Tour title in 16 years.

winners to reach 30-40.

Williams broke serve to lead 1-0 after Lucic-Baroni sent a down the line backhand wide.

The American opened her first service game of the match with an ace before striking a down the line forehand volley winner to lead 30-0. A Lucic-Baroni forehand hit long followed by another forehand netted sent Williams ahead 2-0.

Both players held serve as Williams led 3-1.

With Lucic-Baroni serving, the American hit a crosscourt forehand volley winner followed by a backhand down the line winner to reach 30-40.

However the Croatian struck an ace down the tee; her fourth ace of the match, to ruin Williamsí chance to go ahead 4-1 by leveling the score at deuce.

Another Lucic-Baroni ace out wide followed by a backhand volley winner down the line from the Croatian on gamepoint put the score at 3-2.

In her following service game, Williams netted a forehand and a backhand to fall behind 0-30. Lucic-Baroni then hit a crosscourt forehand winner to lead 40-0. Williams netted a down the line forehand to drop serve as Lucic-Baroni broke to level the set at 3 all.

The set remained on serve with Williams serving down 4-5.

A Lucic-Baroni forehand down the line return winner followed by two Williams crosscourt backhands hit wide put the American down 0-40.

The Croatian only needed one setpoint as she powered a backhand down the line which forced Williams to strike a crosscourt forehand long as Lucic-Baroni took the set 6-4.

Three holds of serve to start set two saw Williams serving down 1-2.

The American went ahead 40-15 after striking an ace out wide. However several groundstroke errors from Williams saw the game reach three deuces before Williams netted a crosscourt backhand to lose serve and trail 1-3.

Hitting with extreme pace from the baseline, Lucic-Baroni forced several groundstroke errors from Williams before striking a forehand down the line winner to hold serve and lead 4-1.

Williams held serve then broke serve to reach 4-3 following several baseline winners from the American.

However serving down 3-4,Williams netted two down the line forehands as well as a backhand crosscourt to trail 0-40. The American fought back to reach two deuces before netting a down the line forehand to drop serve and fall behind 3-5.

Two Williams forehand errors followed by a netted slice backhand return set up three match points for the Croatian.

Lucic-Baroni sent a serve out wide which Williams returned from the forehand side long to end the match after 1 hour and 23 minutes of play.

For the day, the 34 year old Williams had not played her best tennis, but the 32 year old Lucic-Baroni had played exceptionally well in some of her best tennis since being a promising up and coming teenager.

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