10 Nov 2008

Venus wins in Doha

7:46 am on 10 November 2008

Venus Williams has beaten Russia's Vera Zvonareva in 3 sets to win the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha.

It is the first time the American has won the event after she reached the semi-finals in her previous two appearances..... she retired injured on the second occasion, in 2002, and she qualified but failed to play because of injury on five other occasions.

Williams, who went undefeated in her five matches this time, earned 2.3 million dollars, allowing her to overtake Martina Navratilova for fourth place on the list of top prize money earners in women's tennis.

It was the American's third title of the year, following victories at Wimbledon and Zurich.