Double triumph for Serena Williams as she and Venus win
Serena back on Centre Court just hours after winning women’s
Serena and Venus beats Babos and Shvedova in straight sets in
They don’t do snazzy formations, they just win grand slam titles. A
few hours after equalling Steffi Graf’s open-era record of 22 grand
slam singles crowns
, Serena Williams joined her sister Venus to win their sixth
Wimbledon title together and their 14th in all. Sixteen years after
their first triumph together, the sisters beat Timea Babos of
Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 to do it
all over again.
Four years after their last Wimbledon title together, Serena and
Venus are now 14-0 in grand slam finals. It is the fourth time
Serena has won both titles in the same year, while Venus had done
the double twice herself. And to think, they only really played
together this year to get themselves in shape for the Olympic
Games, where next month in Rio they will try to win the gold medal
for the fourth time.
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“It was really special,” Serena said. “It was really awesome to be
out there, to be playing next to Venus, to win Wimbledon again.
We’ve won, I don’t know how many now, but we love it. We love
playing doubles and being together out there.”
In the early part of their careers, Serena and Venus were a familiar
fixture in the doubles at the grand slams and their sheer power was
usually enough to see off most pairs who played a more traditional
form of doubles. For the Williams sisters there are no behind‑the-
back signals, they simply hammer the ball with too much power for
their opponents to cope with.
However, when Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in
2011 their appearances became fewer and further between. With
Venus’s health having improved in the past 12 months , they have
been able to reunite and the lure of the Olympics helped them get
back into action. On Saturday, the Americans held off a determined
challenge from Babos and Shvedova.
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The pair had beaten the No1 seeds, Martina Hingis and Sania
Mirza, on their way to the final, and they more than played their
part in an entertaining match, giving the Williams sisters an early
scare when they broke Venus to lead 3-2. That sparked the
Americans into action and they broke the Babos serve to get back
on level terms, held Serena’s serve and then broke Shvedova
before Venus served out for the set.
The first six games in the second set went with serve as Babos
and Shvedova held firm, but Serena and Venus moved up a gear
as they broke the Shvedova serve to lead 4-3 and then Serena held
to lead 5-3.
Babos held serve to stay in touch but Venus, with a bit of help
from Serena with a fine backhand volley, served out for victory.
“Watching Serena earlier was so amazing and I was so into that,”
Venus said. “Then you’ve got to reset yourself and say, ‘OK, we’ve
got to play a match and try to win’. She brought the energy from
game one and that brought me up, too.”