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Aravane Rezai: I am proud to be Iranian

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Newly-crowned Madrid Tennis Masters 2010 champion Aravane Rezai said she was very proud of her Iranian lineage. Rezaei, who defeated number two Venus Williams with a stunning 6-2, 7-5 victory, wants more prestigious titles in the future.

Aravane Rezai

"I want to be number one. In the time being I am training eight hours a day to prepare for the Roland Garros," the French national Rezai said.

The 23-year-old with Iranian roots added, "I am proud of being Iranian and we speak Farsi in our home. I will return to my motherland after Roland Garros to talk to the Iranian reporters," she added.

"I did my best in the Spain tournament and beat all my rivals in the one-week competitions, I am proud of myself for that," Rezai said.

Rezai had only claimed WTA Tour titles at Strasbourg and Bali prior to Madrid. She gained victories over former world number one's Junstine Henin and Jelena Jankovic in the prestigious tournament.

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