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Latest update : 2009-03-01

American Venus Williams defeated Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-2, to win the Acapulco tennis tournament. On the men's side, Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, won his second consecutive title after defeating Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4.

ATP - US top seed Venus Williams won her second title in as many weeks, dethroning defending champion Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday in the women's final of the WTA and ATP Acapulco Open.
  
Seven-time Grand Slam winner Williams won her 10th match in a row and her 20th in 21 starts, overpowering the Italian second seed for her 41st career title, which came a week after she won at Dubai.
  
Pennetta had reached her sixth consecutive final in the event, having also won in 2005 with losses in 2004, 2006 and 2007. She has not won a title since taking the sixth of her career here last year.
  
Williams took the 37,000-dollar top prize at this red clay event and evened her career record against Pennetta at 3-3 after snapping a three-match losing streak to the 27-year-old European in last October's Zurich final.
  
Nicolas Almagro, the fourth seed from Spain, won his second consecutive title here by defeating French second seed Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in the ATP men's final.
  
Almagro became the first back-to-back winner since the event moved from Mexico City in 2001 and took his fifth ATP title - all of them coming on clay - plus a 300,000-dollar top prize.
  
Monfils, 22, won his only ATP title came in 2005 at Sopot. He fell to 2-2 lifetime against Almagro, whom he defeated in the third round of this year's Australian Open.
 

Date created : 2009-03-01

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