July 4, 2009

Serena defeats Venus in Wimbledon Final

Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Saturday for her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam championship. In the fourth all-Williams final at Wimbledon, Serena came out on top for the third time by out-serving her big sister, lifting her game in the tiebreaker and dictating play throughout the second set. Serena stepped up her intensity to devastating effect in the breaker, and clinched it 7-3 with Venus clearly taken aback by her sisters' sudden surge of momentum. The Williams sisters have won eight of the 10 Wimbledon singles titles this decade.

As always with Williams vs. Williams matches, the celebrations were relatively muted. The two sisters embraced at the net, with the 29-year-old Venus patting 27-year-old Serena on the back. Serena beat Venus in the 2002 and '03 finals, before Venus prevailed in last year's championship match. "Today she was too good," Venus said. "She had an answer for everything. She played the best tennis today, so congratulations."

Venus had come into the final as the favorite after playing some of the best grass-court tennis of her career. She hadn't dropped a set in 17 straight matches at Wimbledon, but couldn't cope on this day with the fierce competitive drive and relentless power game of her sister. Serena now has an 11-10 edge overall and 6-2 in Grand Slam finals against her sister.

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