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The 44th-ranked Williams, playing courtesy of a wild card, also won this title in 2009 and 2010. She’s won her last 15 matches in Dubai.
Williams, who will move up to No. 29 in Monday’s updated rankings, last won a title at the 2012 Luxembourg tournament.
“I have had a good week,” she said. “Everything is falling together.”
The former world No. 1, Williams won all five of her matches this week in straight sets.
“Just a lot of match toughness, mental toughness,” said Williams, when asked to explain her remarkable week of play. “When things got tough, I definitely got going this week.
“If I was down break point, when push came to shove, I was pushing and shoving, I guess,” she added, laughing.
After Cornet squandered a 2-1 lead with a service break by losing the next four games, she was in tears during the changeover.
“I think 6-3, 6-0 is a bit tough in an hour and 30, so I guess there was a battle on the court, but she was just better than me today,” Cornet said. “She was playing more aggressive.
“She was pushing me out of the court very far from the baseline, and I didn’t play as deep as yesterday, didn’t serve as well. She deserved to win.”
The 26th-ranked Cornet was attempting to post back-to-back wins over the Williams sisters.
On Friday, Cornet scored her first career upset over a No. 1-ranked player by beating Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.
“The difference between me and Serena was just I put a few more balls in the court,” Williams said.
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