Serena Williams Struggles to Wimbledon Championship Over Radwanska
by Staff | July 7th, 2012, 11:37 am

Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title on Saturday, defeating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

“I wanted to win here so badly,” Serena said. “Winning is so amazing. Each title is special but this is super-special because it’s a huge comeback for me. Oh my gosh, I still can’t believe I was able to come through and win my seven matches.”

The result was generally a forgone conclusion as the underpowered Radwanska, facing Williams’ brutal baseline bashing, entered the match struggling with an upper respiratory illness. But the tone of the match quickly changed in the second set when Williams needed to step up to close out the match.
Radwanska didn’t see a break point opportunity until 6-1, 4-3 in favor of Williams, extending a rally and winning the point to even the second set at 4-4. Radwanska then held serve for 5-4 to the delight of the crows at the All England Club. Serving at 5-6, Williams was increasingly rattled by Radwanska’s ability to chase down balls, and lost serve to even the match at one set all.

Williams, who had been playing free-flowing power tennis through the first set and a half, looked tight as the match drew closer. In the third set Williams started tight, eventually holding in her first service game after being down.

Williams evened the set at 2-2 after hitting four consecutive aces to hold serve, then took that momentum into the next game to break for a 3-2 lead. From there Williams’ steely gaze began to return, and she ran out the next three games for the championship.

It was the 14th Slam win for the younger Williams sister, who tied her sister Venus with five Wimbledon crowns.

On Friday Radwanska was forced her to cancel a news conference as she had trouble speaking due to her illness.

“I will do whatever it takes to make sure I’m ready to play the best I can,” she said afterwards in a statement. Radwanska was seeking to capture a first-ever Grand Slam title for Poland.

Williams has been through her own injury and illness journey since winning Wimbledon in 2010 — shortly afterwards cutting her feet on glass in a restaurant in a hushed-up incident that required not one but two surgeries. She later spent time in the hospital for blood clots in her lungs and a stomach issue where her father said, “I really thought Serena was going to die.”

When she finally did come back on tour in June of last year, she had been sidelined for roughly a year. Pundits wondered if she ever could come back, or be back to her top form.

“I just wanted to make it through everything that I was going through and become a survivor,” she said.

Since then she has seen her sister Venus weakened by an autoimmune disease that will likely put an end to her career, at least in singles, by the end of 2012.

“I have so much appreciation for every moment on the court,” Serena said. “I really take pride in playing, especially playing such big, amazing tournaments like this. I just want to do the absolute best that I can at all moments.”

Serena’s road to the championship was anything but easy, going through defending champion Petra Kvitova in the quarters, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the semis, and the world No. 3 Radwanska in the final. Radwanska would have risen to No. 1 in the world for the first time with the win.

Williams becomes the first 30 year old to win a Slam since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990, and improved to 14-4 in Slam finals. It was her 42nd career title, putting her behind Venus (43) among active players.

In the Saturday doubles final the Williams sisters will meet the Czech pairing of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

In the doubles semifinals the Williams ousted top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, and the Czechs defeated Italians Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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20 Comments for Serena Williams Struggles to Wimbledon Championship Over Radwanska

dari Says:


Glad we got a three set match, and Aga played great too. Hope she can get a major one day, and if you’re taking a set off serena at a Wimbledon final, its not that far fetched.

Well done to Serena, congratulations on coming back!

Margot Says:

Radwanska did much better than I thought she would. Love the way she plays, needs a bit more power.
What a champ Serena is though! Mac seems to think she’s the best female player of all time.

jane Says:

Glad Aggy got a set, but wish she would have won; I like her style! Oh well, at least she broke through and made her first slam final.

margot, for me it will always be Steffi Graf. :)

M Says:

Glad there was a three-set match for fans, but also glad Serena won. She’s fought hard to come back.
She deserved the win.
Congratulations, ReRe! Now you and Venus go get that doubles crown!

Lulu Iberica Says:

Aga put up a great fight and took advantage when Serena’s level dropped. She did much better than most 1st time major finalists playing such a champion as Serena! Congrats to Serena and I hope she has enough in the tank to win the doubles with Venus!

Noogie Says:

Serena should be banned from womens tennis. She is the second most succesful player behind Federer with 14 GS

Kimberly Says:

congrats to Serena, Since Wimbledon 2010 the GS champions have been
Wimbledon 2010 Williams
USO 2010-Clijsters
AO 2011-CLijsters
FO 2011-Li Na
WImbledon 2011-Kvitova
USO 2011-sStosur
AO 2012-Azarenka
FO 2012-Sharapova
WImbledon 2012-Williams

Soooooo, well any of the above list be the USO Champ? Or another new slam champ. I am voting with a repeat, the list is long enough.




we love them to bits

Kimmi Says:

williams sisters win doubles. what a day for them…

dari Says:

Great day for j. marray, too! Brits have a little taste of victory, will they have more tomorrow?!?

Patty Ecker Says:

Congrats Serena…You are totally no. one for me..Get a good rest and go to the US Open and win again!

Huh Says:

serena’s the hungriest bit## around, and that’s why she’s such a remarkable champion! congrats to serena though she ain’t my fave!

Richard Says:

Serena serves at 4-3 in the second set. Breakpoint for Agnieska. Ball is 1 foot inside the line but judge calls it out. Instead of deuce, point is lost and re-played. Serena loses game and then the set.

This makes it the third time in recent GS tournaments that umpires and judges have intervened at crucial moments to decide a game or set against Serena. At the US Open, there was the penalty against Serena for an imaginary foot fault at a crucial moment in a crucial game. Then there was the penalty for the shreik of triumph after a point was won. I’d like to see an academic study of all of the false calls against Serena over the years, including the years before the electronic re-plays, which were introduced in part to limit the bad calls against Serena.

jane Says:

Quick shout out to Eugenie Bouchard the young Canadian who won the girl’s Wimbledon championship – woot!!! :)

Kimberly Says:

very happy for Serena. Don’t care for Radwanksa much but still felt kind of bad for her. At least she didn’t get embarassed.

AP Says:

What’s most inspiring about her win is that today she proved to everyone that she is still the best. Everyone doubted her ability when she lost in the first round of French Open, everyone talked about her age but inspite of all the talks and criticism, she with her will power won her 14th GS today.

Such an inspiring win- something I believe we all can learn from. Really happy to see her win 5th Wimbledon title of her career. Kudos to Serena and her sheer determination.

Never Say Die: Serena Williams Inspiring Story

alok Says:

Congrats to Rena and V. Gotta love them coz they’re da bombon the WTA. These women kept the WTA alive for over 15 years. .

@jane, would it hurt you to say congrats to Serena, instead of saying you’re glad Radwanska got a set? Did you read the headline of this thread? It’s about Serena not Bouchard. Your hate is showing, as always.

anthony Says:

I love this. Remember just a month ago after the french she was declared in the press a washed up has been who should retire (despite being the favorite for the title) , now some of the exact same journalist are calling her GOAT….the press are clowns, truly just clowns.

jane Says:

Girls champion Eugenie Bouchard AND Boy’s champion Filip Peliwo – WOOT CANADA TENNIS! We swept the juniors, AND Eugenie won the girls doubles title too!

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