Zhuhai – Former world No 1 Venus Williams scraped past Karolina Pliskova to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday, the American claiming her third title of the season as she secured a return to the top 10 for the first time in four years. The top seed was forced to dig deep into her vast reservoirs of experience to stave off Pliskova’s challenge and emerge a 7-5 7-6(6) winner against the Czech. “Seven weeks here in Asia and now I feel like it’s my home,” Williams said. “I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm. To see every seat filled for every match, that’s all the players and tournament could hope for.” The 700 points Williams earned on Sunday helped her jump four places to world No 7 in the new WTA rankings.