Team WTAworld, Administrator, aka Nibbler
By CONSTANT BRAND
Associated Press Writer
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Venus Williams outlasted Justine Henin to win the final of the Diamond Games tournament Sunday, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
``For me and my family this is a dream come true,'' said Williams, who had a tougher than expected match against Henin.
Williams, who didn't lose a set until the final, started the match with a 113 mph ace on her first serve.
Henin answered with closely played balls to the net, setting the stage for an evenly matched final.
``She was putting me on the run, putting me in compromising positions,'' Williams said. ``She definately could have won that match.''
While unable to serve at the speed of her opponent, Henin managed two early aces to delight the home crowd of 12,000 at the Antwerp Sportpaleis.
``With the support of the public ... I was able to turn things around in the second set, now I'm a bit disappointed,'' Henin said. ``I'll try to do better next year.''
Williams has won two events this season, the first also came in a final against Henin at the Gold Coast tournament in Australia. Williams is 4-1 lifetime against Henin, including a three-set win in last year's Wimbledon final.
Williams promised to return to the Diamond Games event the next two years, to vie for the gold, diamond-encrusted racket worth about $870,000, which she can get by winning the tournament three times in five years.