For the second consecutive week, an unseeded player rules at a premier clay event. In the finals of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai stunned world number three Venus Williams. Rezai prevailed 6-2, 7-5 over Williams to capture the grandest title of her blooming career.
After breezing through her initial game, at 1 all, Venus made an error on game point leading to deuce. Later, by sending a forehand out of play, Venus gave Rezai a second break point. When Williams netted a backhand, Rezai took a 2-1 lead. Subsequent to a double fault, Rezai provoked four straight miscues from Williams and consolidated for 3-1. Then, with Venus serving at 2-4, she produced her second double fault of the game to hand Aravane double break point. With a crosscourt forehand return winner, Rezai extended her lead to 5-2. Thereafter, with a love game, Rezai grabbed the first set.
The previous set, Rezai won 100% of her first serve points. If Williams intended to turn this match around, she would need the Frenchwoman to cool off. After Venus held, in a game that included a double fault, Rezai had a backhand go long permitting Williams her initial break chance of the match. With an ace, the Frenchwoman erased that deficit. By converting a forehand crosscourt winner, Williams had a fourth break point opportunity. Venus cashed in when Aravane’s backhand crosscourt misfired. However, the next game, a lack of first serves allowed Rezai to break back. Subsequently, a backhand up the winner handed Venus another break point. Williams took a 3-1 edge when Rezai’s forehand traveled long.
Despite dealing with a break point, Williams consolidated for 4-1. Soon, Venus had two chances to get a double break lead, yet, Rezai hung tough to keep the margin to one break. Serving at 2-5, with an error, Rezai gifted Williams her first set point. Once more, the Frenchwoman goaded the miscues from her opponent to remain in the set. With a string of mistakes by Venus, Aravane manufactured two break points and by connecting on a forehand down the line winner got back on serve at 4-5. Following, Rezai wiped out five additional set points by Williams to level things at 5 all. That ultimate game proved a back breaker for Williams. After a backhand pass winner by Rezai, Williams made two backhand errors to face 0-40. With another backhand miscue by Venus, Rezai secured a 6-5 advantage. As the backhand continued to leak, Rezai obtained double championship point. Finally, by provoking a forehand mistake by Williams, Rezai pocketed the trophy.