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Venus Williams outlasts Ostapenko in marathon Singapore epic

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No.5 seed Venus Williams scored her first win of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in commanding fashion, defeating French Open champion Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in three close sets.

Venus needed over three hours to win the longest match of the 2017 WTA Finals and overcome Ostapenko’s determined challenge 7-5, 6-7(3), 7-5, improving to 1-1 in the White Group.

“A win is a win, that's all I can say,” Venus told reporters in her post-match press conference. “Maybe I got a little luck. Who knows? But I'm on to the next match now.”

And clocking in at exactly 193 minutes, Venus’ victory over Ostapenko is officially the third-longest WTA Finals match since 2008, when match stats were first recorded. The record for longest WTA Finals match was set in 2012 when Agnieszka Radwanska needed 209 minutes to defeat Sara Errani in Istanbul. 

Up next on Thursday, Venus will take on Garbine Muguruza and Ostapenko will face Karolina Pliskova in the last matches of White Group action.

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