London, Jul 6: Venus Williams downed her young sister Serena 7-5 and 6-4 to win her fifth Wimbledon singles title here on Saturday, July 5.
Venus fought back from a break down in both sets to record her victory in one hour and 51 minutes. I can't believe it's five. But when you're in the final against Serena Williams, five seems so far away. She played so awesome, it was really a test," said the 28-year-old. The siblings met in a grand slam showpiece for the seventh time, with their last clash in a major final was at Wimbledon five years sago when Serena won.
Saturday's victory also allowed Venus to gain sweet revenge. She had beaten Serena at the 2001 U.S. Open but lost the five finals since and trailed their overall head-to-heads 7-8.
On Saturday, July 5, Serena, 26 and 15 months younger than her sister, began the final breaking the seventh seed in the opening game.
Venus struggled with her ball toss. In the fifth game, a low forehand volley winner got Venus out of trouble and she suddenly found her range to level at 4-4. The sisters traded ground strokes from the baseline until Venus pounced in the 12 game to take the set when Serena slapped a backhand into the net.
Although losing her serve in the third game of the second set, Venus never lost belief, broke back on the next game and continued to keep Serena on her toes throughout.