Posted by Barrie on Saturday, 4 July 2009

Serena Williams ends Venus' run at Wimbledon by winning Championship

Serena Williams today defeated her older sister to win her 3rd Wimbledon title, 7-6 6-2.

Serena came into this match as the underdog after a indifferent semi final results for each sister, having been the favourite for this tournament all the way throughout the tournament prior to Thursday's games.

The match got off to a slow start, with a few sloppy serves from Venus Williams in the opening service game which started with a double fault on the opening point. Despite struggling to get many first serves in, she held onto the opening game. And that was to be the story of the first set, with the only break points coming until game 8 on Serena's serve, where Venus took a 15-40 lead. She managed to save them, first thanks to an unreturnable serve and the second when Venus hit a shot long with an open court that really should have been the first break, and perhaps a different outcome to this match. Two faces followed and we were at 4-4. Both players held their next two service games to take the opening set to a tie break, where a few errors from Venus and some fantastic winners from Serena saw her take the tie break 7-3 with a beautiful lobbed winner to seal the deal. Venus had previously won 34 straight sets in this competition.

The opening 5 games of second set were much like the first set, with both players holding their servces comfortable. That changed in game 6, where Venus struggled to get many first serves in assisted Serena getting her first break point of the match, and Venus handed the game to her on a plate with a double fault. Serena followed that up by holding to love and a 5-2 lead. Venus looked drained of confidence at this point, and it showed in her game, as errors in her final service game handed Serena championship points. Some great rallies in this final game and Venus desperately tried to keep the match alive, but it was all over when she netted and Serena Williams became the 2009 Wimbledon Women's Champion.

From saving match point in her semi final, and the dominance before, Serena has been the best player in this championship, and was the better of the two sisters today, with Venus unable to cope with her serve and a lot of powerful groundstrokes. A match that saw no slice shots, showed the advantage of power in the women's game.

Serena remains world number 2 but has closed the gap between her and Dinara Safina now. This is Serena Williams' 3rd Wimbledon title and her 11th Grand Slam title.

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