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By Karen Walker
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Second seed and now 11 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams beat arch rival on court and loving sister off court, Venus Williams, to win the 2009 Wimbledon Ladies singles title, her third overall at the historic All England Lawn Tennis Club. This is Serena' second major title of the year after her win in Melbourne for her fourth Australian Open singles win.
Serena started the match on a confident note, making Venus struggle in her service games as much as possible. Venus continued to deny Serena any break point opportunity, but with a mini break at 3-1 in the tie-break, Serena wasted little time to pocket the first set 7-6(3).
The second set saw a much improved Serena, right from the start and she kept the momentum in her favour to pocket an elusive break in the sixth game of the set to go up 5-2. The eighth game of the set saw both sisters struggle for points, but with long rallies mostly resulting in Serena's favour, she grabbed the win on her fourth Championship point. The 7-6(3), 6-2 win came after almost 90 minutes of struggle and as Venus pushed a backhand into the net, Serena dropped to her knees to celebrate her historic win.
"I feel so amazing, i feel so blessed, i thank God for keeping me healthy through this match and i feel like i shoudn't be holding the trophy like i m holding Venus'(trophy), it's named for Venus and she always wins, it hasn't settled in yet that i won," Serena said.
When asked about her Grand achievement of winning the 11th Grand Slam title, Serena responded - "I cant believe it, i m really honoured and feel blessed to be out here and my Dad didn't stay here but thank you Dad for putting up with me."
Venus has now lost six of her seven Grand Slam finals to Serena and her third at the slick lawns of Wimbledon. The only other loss came at the hands of Martina Hingis way back in 1997 at the U.S. Open in her debut at Flushing Meadows.
"Yeah, today she was too good, she had answer for everything and she played the best tennis today so congratulations," Venus said
Asked about how she was feeling after her loss in the final of Wimbledon, Venus replied - "You know i dont think the loss has set in yet so i am still smiling so, but i have had so many good times here so i am looking forward to next year and also to the doubles final"
With the win, Serena pocketed £850,000, whereas Venus received £425,000 as the runner's up check.
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