Venus Williams of the U. S. returns the ball to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during the second day of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Venus Williams, in her finest form since turning 30 more than four years ago, is hoping her revival can help her retain the title at the Dubai Open this week.The seven-time Grand Slam champion attributes her widely welcomed revival at least partly to a careful schedule, to genetics, and to what she did as a teenager. The benefits of not playing junior tennis all those years ago have been reinforced by Mary Jo Fernandes, the U.S. Fed Cup captain, she said.Caroline Wozniacki served for the match three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 Tuesday.Fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic beat Sabine Lisicki 6-0, 6-3, while fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 .Three seeded players lost: Petkovic fell to Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3; Jelena Jankovic lost to Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-4; and Peng Shuai was beaten by Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
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