Rezai outclasses Venus to bag title

Rezai outclasses Venus to bag title

France’s Aravane Rezai poses with the Madrid Open trophy after beating Venus Williams on Sunday. AFP

The unseeded Frenchwoman, who beat world number four Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals, tries to hit the cover off the ball on almost every shot and won five straight games on the clay in the Magic Box arena to seal victory.

It was the third title of her career after triumphs in Strasbourg and Bali last year and set the 23-year-old from St. Etienne up nicely for the French Open starting later this month.
Real Madrid fan Rafa Nadal may be distracted by the thrilling climax to the soccer season during his Madrid Open final with arch rival Roger Federer on Sunday.

The tennis world has waited a year to see the duo face off in their 21st meeting but unfortunately for the Spaniard, his long-awaited date with Federer will clash with Real Madrid's season finale against Malaga.

At a news conference after his semifinal victory on Saturday, Nadal quizzed tournament director Manolo Santana over the plan to start the final at around 4.00 pm GMT (10.00 pm IST), just 30 minutes before the soccer match kicks off.

"Nobody could have known that Real and Barca would be playing for the title on the same date as the final," Santana said. "If we have made a mistake time will tell."
A laughing Nadal replied: "I'm sorry to have put you under the spotlight but will the (soccer) scores be up on the big screens, at least during the changeovers?"

Barcelona can clinch a second straight La Liga crown by defeating Real Valladolid but Real Madrid are only a point behind in second spot and victory by them at Malaga and a slip-up by the leaders will hand Nadal's men the title.

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