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Venus Williams downs France's Bartoli to reach final

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Latest update : 2010-04-01

France's top tennis woman Marion Bartoli had her hopes for a Miami open final dashed by Venus Williams, who logged a 6-3, 6-4 victory on her way to a fourth title bid.

AFP - Venus Williams swept past France's Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the final of the Sony Ericsson Open, recording a 14th successive win on her current hot-streak.
  
In Saturday's final, the third-seeded American will tackle either Justine Henin or Kim Clijsters, two of her traditional career rivals.
  
Williams came into this tournament having captured back-to-back titles in Dubai and Acapulco in February and is attempting to win a fourth Miami title to add to her wins in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
  
Bartoli slipped to a 4-2 deficit in the opening set on the back of three successive double faults and was down 3-1 in the second before the French girl temporarily stopped the rot, breaking back to 3-2.
  
Bartoli saved a break point to lead 4-3, but Williams wasn't to be denied and romped away with the next three games.

Date created : 2010-04-01

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