Serena 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)