Serena Williams didn’t waste much sweat at this year’s Wimbledon to defend her title, win her 13th Grand Slam singles crown and her fourth at the grass court major.
The world No.1 and top seed reached the final with all straight-set victories (over Michelle Larcher De Brito, Anna Chakvetadze, Dominika Cibulkova, seed No.16 Maria Sharapova, seed No.9 Li Na and Petra Kvitova). In the championships match she kept the momentum, and absolutely unchallenged by first-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva stormed to a 6-3 6-2 victory.
The first set of the final went with serve until the eighth game when Zvonareva’s nerves and weakness surfaced, reflected in a double fault, the Russian’s first and sole double fault of the set. Williams, of course, didn’t miss her chance, broke Zvonareva’s serve and soon after won the whole set. The second set ended even faster, in just 31 minutes, with Williams clearly on her way to victory. The American faced no break points throughout the championships match and hit nine aces, bringing her total of aces at Wimbledon 2010 to 89.
Zvonareva can be sad for not bringing more to the final, but the sole fact of playing at that stage of a Grand Slam is an achievement of its own, having in mind all the career-threatening injuries she has overcome. In addition, Zvonareva will get back to Top 10 in the world rankings, precisely to No.9, and a prize of half a million pounds is not a bad consolation as well.
Serena has yet again proved that all the other players on the Tour are way behind her. In addition, she has passed legend Billie Jean King in overall majors won.