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Venus claims Mexican Open title in Acapulco

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  • Venus Williams continues fine form in 2009 with Mexico Open title
  • Williams beats defending champion Flavia Pennetta in straight sets
  • Nicolas Almagro of Spain claims men's title in Acapulco by beating Gael Monfils
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(CNN) -- Venus Williams made it back to back wins on the WTA Tour as she beat defending champion Flavia Pennetta to claim the Mexican Open title in Acapulco.

Venus tasted success on her first visit to the clay court tournament in Acapulco.

Venus tasted success on her first visit to the clay court tournament in Acapulco.

It was a routine 6-1 6-2 victory for the Wimbledon champion, wrapped up in just over an hour against an opponent who had beaten her three times in their five previous meeting.

Williams has now claimed 41 career titles, winning four of her last five tournaments, her only failure in the Australian Open which was won by her sister Serena.

"I started the week very tough. I had such difficult matches," Williams told the official WTA Tour Web site.

"Three three-setters in a row, each more difficult than the last.

"I think I deserved this win tonight. I played hard all week and tonight my serve and my game all came together," she added.

Williams, steadily growing more accustomed to the Acapulco clay, certainly reserved her best play for the final, breaking 2005 and 2008 winner Pennetta four times and facing just a single break point.

She had won in Dubai the previouis week before heading to Mexico.

Italy's Pennetta was reaching the final at the tournament for the sixth time in a row.

In the men's final at the same event, Nicolas Almagro of Spain successfully defended his title, beating second seed Gael Monfills of France 6-4 6-4.

In other ATP Tour action on Saturday, top seed Mardy Fish of the United States reached the final of the Delray Beach International in Florida with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Jeremy Chardy of France.

Fish faces Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev on Sunday. He beat Christope Rochus of Belgium 6-1 7-5 in the other semifinal.

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