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Serena Williams tops sister Venus for Wimbledon women's singles title

WIMBLEDON, England — It has become as clear as the 2009 Wimbledon skies that there will be no Grand Slam equity in the famous Williams family when it is all said and done.

Richard Williams, tennis architect and prophet, said way back when that Serena would be the better player than sister Venus. On a variety of fronts, the man knew what he was watching from the start.

With Richard at home supposedly cutting the grass rather than watching another all-Williams final, Serena stepped into Venus' house — or, if you prefer, onto her lawn — and cut down the five-time Wimbledon champion Saturday. The score was 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, with Serena fighting off two break points in the first set and surprisingly outserving her sister, the match in a nutshell.

Now Serena, with her first Wimbledon victory in six years, has three Wimbledon titles and 11 career Grand Slam victories to Venus' seven.

"It's a wonderful achievement," Venus said. "She's played so well so many times — you know, a lot of times, actually, at my expense, so … "

So, what? Is anyone keeping score at home?

"I didn't think about Venus at all (Saturday). I just saw her as an opponent," Serena said. "At one point, after the first set, I looked on the side of the court at the stats, and it was like 'Williams,' 'Williams.' I couldn't figure out which was which."

It seems like whatever discomfort there was in the early days of the two meeting in finals — when Venus sat glumly at the U.S. Open, wearing a hooded sweat shirt in late summer, watching little sis beat her to the Grand Slam winner's circle — has long since dissipated.

Serena will be 28 in September; Venus is 29. By women's tour standards, they are practically seniors, which does bring the benefit of determining what is personally important or not.

For instance, the absurdity of Serena as the holder of three of the past four Grand Slams (except the French Open) but still looking up from No. 2 at the Slamless (for her career) Dinara Safina in the No. 1 position after this tournament.

"You know, I'm not supermotivated," Serena said about being No. 1. "I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles, you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour, obviously."

Perfectly setting up her punch line, she said, "I think Dinara did a great job to get to No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid."

From Serena, famously described by her father as "mean as a junkyard dog," there would never be such irreverence on the subject of her sister. If they weren't still as close as ever, on Saturday they wouldn't have waited out Wesley Chapel residents Mike and Bob Bryan's four-set loss to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjoc in the men's doubles final 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to play the women's doubles final against Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs.

The sisters won that match 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. It's their fourth Wimbledon title together, part of their haul of nine Grand Slam women's doubles championships. "There's nothing like winning a title with your sister," Serena said. "It's really a good feeling."

Venus was the two-time defending singles champion and had won 20 matches in a row at Wimbledon, the last 17 in straight sets. But she appeared a step slow, perhaps bothered by the left knee that's been heavily bandaged since the second round, although she refused to place blame there.

"I have no complaints from the beginning," Venus said. "Everybody has something they're dealing with. (Serena) played so well, really lifted her game. I an error here and there. Today, I couldn't make errors."

TODAY

Men's final

Roger Federer (2) vs.

Andy Roddick (6)

TV: 9 a.m., Ch. 8

Preview: Federer has spent 2009 answering people who thought he was on the decline after not having, for him, a banner 2008. 8C









Slammin' in the USA

American-born women with the most Grand Slam titles:

Helen Wills Moody 19

Chris Evert 18

Billie Jean King 12

Serena Williams 11

Maureen Connolly 9

(Australian Margaret Smith Court has the most all time, 24)

The Williams decade

Only two women have won Wimbledon titles in the past 10 years besides the Williams sisters:

2009Serena Williams

2008Venus Williams

2007Venus Williams

2006Amelie Mauresmo

2005Venus Williams

2004Maria Sharapova

2003Serena Williams

2002Serena Williams

2001Venus Williams

2000Venus Williams

FAST FACTS

Match statistics

serena vs.venus

611st Serve Percentage61

12Aces2

0Double faults3

12Unforced errors18

941st Serve Winning Pct.70

712nd Serve Winning Pct.56

25Winners (including service)14

2-5Break points0-2

4-5Net points9-13

71Total points won53

Time of match: 1:27

Source: Associated Press

Serena Williams tops sister Venus for Wimbledon women's singles title 07/05/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 5, 2009 1:13am]

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