Venus Williams beats sister Serena for fifth Wimbledon title


Venus Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon title by defeating her younger sister Serena 7-5 6-4. The 28-year-old Williams won her seventh Grand Slam crown, and the fifth one at Wimbledon.

Sixth seed Serena started strong, breaking Venus in the first game, and retaining that lead until the eighth game when Venus broke back to level at 4-4. Venus, seeded seventh, held her serve and in the end broke Serena to take the set. Pity there was no tie-break, Serena deserved it. Losing the first set was very hard for Serena, since she was leading for the most part and lost it so closely. In the second set, Serena was again the first one to break (it was after a very long fight – I believe that game lasted about 15 minutes), but Venus quickly broke back and the momentum was since on her side. In the end she broke Serena once again, sealing victory on the second match point.

It was the first Grand Slam final between the sisters in five years. Serena had won the past five Grand Slam final meetings, including Wimbledon in 2002 and 2003, since losing the first at the US Open in 2001.

During the all-sister final Venus fired the fastest serve by a woman at Wimbledon — 129 mph (208 kph).

At Wimbledon 2008 Venus Williams collected just under $1.5 million, while Serena took home approximately $750,000.

Venus Williams will remain at No.7, while Serena will rise one spot to No.5 when the rankings are updated on Monday.



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