Serena Williams, who saved a match point in her semifinal against Russian Elena Dementieva, closed on world No. 1 Dinara Safina on Saturday by beating sister Venus 7-6(3), 6-2 in the Wimbledon final for her 11th Slam title.
Venus looked the stronger player until the first-set tiebreak when the younger Williams ran out to a 6-2 lead before locking up the first set, then eventually running away with the second.
“It feels so amazing. I feel so blessed,” Serena said to the crowd after the victory. “I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy. It’s named for Venus. It hasn’t settled in that I won yet. I’m so excited. Thanks to everyone for their support. I’m honored to be out here. I’m already looking forward to the doubles.”
Venus Williams was attempting to defend her title and add to her five Wimbledon victories.
“Today she was too good, she had an answer for everything. She played the best tennis today,” Venus said. “I’m still smiling though, I don’t think the loss has set in yet. I’ve had so many great times here. I love what I do and most of all I love playing these finals. I’ll see you all again next year, of course.”
Serena has now won three of the last four Slams, and collected her first Wimbledon title since 2003. A Williams sister has featured in eight of the last nine Wimbledon finals.
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