Now, Serena eclipses Venus

Now, Serena eclipses Venus

Ends trophy dry spell on the grass

Now, Serena eclipses Venus

All in the family: Serena Williams is congratulated by sister Venus Williams after their singles finals at the Wimbledon in London on Saturday. Reuters

On July 4, Serena and Venus Williams, the American superstars and the only real standard bearers of women’s tennis, slugged it out on the hallowed grass of Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club.

After all the anguished cries and pummelled forehands between the pair, their 21st meeting and their fourth meeting in the Wimbledon final, ended with but a muted celebration.

Serena Williams, the younger sister by 15 months, steamrolled big sister Venus, 7-6 (3), 6-2 to win her third Wimbledon championship.

She smiled and dropped to the grass, but was not gloating with Venus on the other side of the net in resigned defeat. Venus’s final backhand sailed plaintively into the net, as Serena captured her 11th major championship title with unrelenting force. It was her first Wimbledon championship since 2003. A five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus had not dropped a set during these Wimbledon championships, but suddenly Serena won the first set tiebreaker with an off-balance topspin lob that left Venus flat-footed at the net.

Serena, 27, was pumping her fist, her body language and her racket all screaming for victory. Venus, 29, usually the more quiet and contemplative of the pair, only seemed to retreat further within herself.

The New York Times