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Updated: February 28, 2010 13:31 IST

Ferrer and Williams win in Mexico

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David Ferrer of Spain with the trophy after defeating compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final of the Mexico Tennis Open in Acapulco on Saturday. Photo: AP
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David Ferrer of Spain with the trophy after defeating compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final of the Mexico Tennis Open in Acapulco on Saturday. Photo: AP

Venus Williams came from a set down to defend her Mexican Open title, while David Ferrer defeated good friend and fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Williams beat Polona Hercog 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 for her second consecutive title — this one on clay and another a week ago on hard courts in Dubai.

The win pushed Williams’ career total to 43 WTA championships, the most by an active player. Hercog was appearing in her first WTA final.

Ferrer lost to Ferrero at the Copa Telmex last week in Buenos Aires, but got some revenge with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory in Acapulco. Ferrero came to the match with a 14 match winning-streak.

Ferrero saw his winning streak stopped just short of his personal record. In 2002 he won 16 straight matches to help propel him the world No. 1 ranking in 2003.

Both players said Ferrero’s fatigue played a role, the result of three straight tournaments in three weeks across Latin America.

“I was more aggressive, hitting harder,” Ferrer said. “It was the other way around in Buenos Aires.”

Asked if Ferrero’s fatigue played a role, Ferrer replied: “It was key, particularly given the physical level of the match. We are very evenly matched, but in the third set he (Ferrero) had a letdown and I took advantage.”

Williams started slowly and got into trouble with an erratic serve and ground strokes that were often long. Hercog was showed poise in winning the first set and seldom missed a shot.

The American gained her composure in the second set and began to wear down the 19-year-old, hitting the corners more often and opening the court.

“I played such a good opponent,” Williams said. “In the first set she did not miss one shot and I had to find a way to get into the match.”

As she did when she won last year, Williams donned a huge sombrero — known as a “charro,” the type worn by Mexico Mariachi musicians — and turned to salute the crowd.

She suggested she’ll be back next year for at shot at three straight.

“I would love to come next year,” she said. “I have to make it three, a hat trick. I think I can do it. It’s not an easy tournament to win, as you can see this year.”

It was Williams’s first tournament of the season on clay, and she was pushed to three sets in the last three matches by lower rated opponents.

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