Venus Williams wins Dubai Open

DUBAI: Venus Williams returned to the world''s top five for the first time in six years on Saturday by clinching the 40th title of her career with a 6-4 6-2 win over Virginie Razzano in the final of the troubled Dubai Open.

Now Williams was a fitter and more secure player, most of the time serving better too, and her victory in the $US2 million ($A3.11 million) event on Saturday was rarely in doubt once she had taken the first set.

En-route to the final Venus also went ahead 10-9 in the head-to-head record with sister Serena, by beating the world number one in the semi-finals.