Serena Williams playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon was at the top of her game. The five time Wimbledon title holder defeated a courageous Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to claim her 14th major championship on Saturday July 7 at Wimbledon, England. Venus and Serena are now in the Club of 5: Venus has 5 singles titles, Serena has 5 singles titles, and they both have 5 doubles titles.
Her elation after hitting a backhand winner on match point tossed her to the hallowed Centre Court. After a minute to composer herself, she rose and grinned towards her box where sister Venus, her mom, her dad, other siblings, and close friends applauded in delight.
The formalities were not enough to prevent her from rushing into the stands (box) to embrace all her well wishers. ''I can't even describe it. I almost didn't make it,'' said Williams, who has battled health issues since winning the 2010 Wimbledon title. ''A few years ago, you know, I was in the hospital, and now I'm here again. It's so worth it, and I'm so happy.''
It was a fairly competitive final; Serena won the first set and lost the second. However, the power of her skillfully service game and her ground strokes were too over powering for Radwanska in the 3rd and final set to withstand. Serena broke a record at Wimbledon by serving 102 aces (an ace being a serve not returned by an opponent) for the tournament. The closest female was 32.
''Serena played too good today, but I'm just very happy to be here in the final,'' Radwanska said. ''It was not my day. I'll try just next year. We'll see.'' It was Serena’s' first Grand Slam title since 2010. Serena said, ''I never dreamt of being here again, being so down,'' Serena said, ''Never give up. You can continue.'' She is the first woman in her 30s to win a Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova, who won at the All England Club in 1990 when she was 33.
A few hours after Serena won her fifth singles title, she teamed up with her sister Venus to win the doubles title over the Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4. It was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title together. Venus gleefully states, ''I was definitely inspired by Serena's singles performance,'' She continued, ''Obviously it's wonderful to play on the court with her. I couldn't have done it without her, so it's great.''
Venus has also been battling health issues over the last two years. This was their first doubles tournament together in two years, and they performed masterfully. ‘She’s such a fighter, you never say die,'' Venus said about her sister. ''I don't think either of us believes that we can be defeated by anything. Nothing has defeated us yet, so we're going to keep that track record.''
Over the years there have been those who have accused Serena Williams of not caring enough about her career in tennis. Many have negatively criticized her preparation and dedication to the game. However, after her immaculate performance today there can be nothing but high praises for Serena’s game. The joy that she demonstrated in victory, prancing into the crowd to greet her family and friends, and jumping up and down when the Duke of Kent presented her the Venus Rosewater Dish indicate that there are many more titles Serena plans to compete for.
Richard and Oracine, (their mom and dad), have a lot to be proud of. Serena and Venus have done very well, on and off the court. The wrath of Compton could not prevent their path to greatness. Venus and Serena have been an inspiration to many people of all races and circumstances.