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Serena Williams beats sister Venus for third Wimbledon title

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon 2009Serena Williams won her 11th singles Grand Slam title, and her second of the season, by beating five-time Wimbledon champion and twice defending champion Venus Williams 7-6(3) 6-2.

The first set went with serve, and was decided in a tiebreak. In the second set, second seed Serena broke third seed Venus in the sixth game to lead 4-2, and then won Venus' next service game as well to clinch the grass-court Grand Slam title on her fourth match point. Prior to this final, Venus Williams had won 34 sets in a row at Wimbledon.

Serena has become the first player in women's tennis history to save match point en route to a Grand Slam singles title three times. This time she saved a match point in the semifinal against Elena Dementieva, the longest women's semifinal at Wimbledon in the era of Open tennis, and did the same thing at the 2003 and 2005 Australian Open.

Serena has now won Wimbledon three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2009.

The Williams sisters, defending champions in doubles, are playing the Wimbledon doubles final later today. (photo courtesy of Life.com)

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8 thoughts on “Serena Williams beats sister Venus for third Wimbledon title

  1. Teerin

    I have to admit this is one of the most boring final at Wimbledon (and most other Grand Slams) I have seen since I started watching tennis in 2004. Venus was not even there in that second set. No offense but to me it's a family decision, and instead of giving us a thrilling three-set match, they gave us a crappy straight sets win. The only competitive games during the match was the first set tie-break and the last game of the second set where Venus was saving a lot of match points.

    It was worse than last year, this is why I don't want another Williams final. Their matches used to be thrilling, now.. boring.

    Good news, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn won the Girls' Singles title after reaching the final last year! Let's do the Thai dance! I hope she'll win the doubles too. Now we can see her on the main tour. :P

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  3. Marija

    I don't believe it was a family decision. Venus was visibly saddened after the loss.

    This final was not totally boring, but I totally understand what you mean, it was absolutely nothing special. However, it's hardly the worst one lately. Oops.

  4. Lily

    I'll pass on Maria, but I agree, it was somewhat lackluster… but they are sisters and I'd imagine it hard knowing either my sister or I was going to win and the other was going to lose. Though they are also both professionals, so I'd have liked to have seen more competition. But I think it was Serena with more experience coming into the Finals, she had a thrilling match against Elena and a strong match against Victoria. I had my hopes for Elena to make it through, and that match against Serena was definitely a great one.

  5. Richard

    Go serena 11 grand slam titles. We should be applauding her greatness just as so many have done 4 roger federrer. Venus is the true #1 womens player in tennis. For those who don't like 2 see them play each other the competition needs 2 step up their level of play.

  6. Pauline tennislove

    why not be happy for who we have as the tennis sisters keep the game alive/ who is their to compete with them for the game to be more intresting, we always can predict the winner, until someone else prove other wise be appreciative of our sisters, because its their season and it will last until someone defeat them.. WE ARE BLESS

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