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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sandrine Testud upset top-seeded Venus Williams 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 Friday and advanced to the championship of the Dubai Women's Open.

Williams, who had been 5-0 against the Testud, needed just 21 minutes to win the first set, then left the court for unspecified medical treatment and struggled when she returned.

She was broken three times in the second set but broke Testud, the No. 4 seed, three times, too. Williams fell behind 0-3 in the tiebreaker, then closed to 3-5 but got no closer.

Williams saved two match points in the third set before hitting her final shot into the net.

``Sandrine played a lot better than me,'' Williams said. ``I am really disappointed as I hate to lose. But it is impossible to win when you miss every shot.''

Williams, who has won three tournaments this year, already was assured of overcoming Jennifer Capriati next week for the top ranking on the WTA tour.

Testud plays the winner of the semifinal between No. 2 Monica Seles and No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo.
 
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