Venus Williams defeated Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, today to win the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul. Williams obviously entered the Tier IV affair to get needed points in the final run to the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships. For some time now, I have wondered why the tour does not do something to prevent top players from entering Tier IV tournaments to grab quick points. Yes, an argument can be made that having a Venus Williams in the tournament raises everyone's level of play, but it also spoils the competitive nature of the event. As a fan, I would not be happy to buy a ticket to a Tier IV event and know beforehand who was almost certainly going to win the title.
Williams was decked out in full Korean costume for the trophy presentation, and appeared to enjoy the experience.