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Venus, Serena hopeful of another Successful Wimbledon
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After the French Open debacle at Roland Garros this year, both Venus and Serena Williams are ready to take on their arch rivals and a promising lot of players on the green grass at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Like every year, the sisters have decided to give the Wimbledon tune-up events in Birmingham, Eastbourne and S-Hertogenbosch a miss. Despite being under-prepared, both Serena and Venus have an astonishing track record at SW19.
Statistically speaking, either Williams has one eight of the last 10 championships with the exception of 2004 (Maria Sharapova) and 2006 (Amelie Mauresmo). Where Venus emerged victorious on five occasions, Serena claimed the silverware on three opportunities including the last season when she beat sister Venus in two closely fought sets.
Here is a list of past decade's champions -
2000 - Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport
2001 - Venus Williams def. Justine Henin
2002 - Serena Williams def. Venus Williams
2003 - Serena Williams def. Venus Williams
2004 - Maria Sharapova def. Serena Williams
2005 - Venus Williams def. Lindsay Davenport
2006 - Amelie Mauresmo def. Justine Henin
2007 - Venus Williams def. Marion Bartoli
2008 - Venus Williams def. Serena Williams
2009 - Serena Williams def. Venus Williams (Click here to enjoy the point-by-point commentary of this match.)
Technically speaking, Venus' game is best suited to the slick lawns at Wimbledon. The 6'1'' tall frame of the seven time major champion allows her to make the best utilisation of her powerful and angled serves, coupled with a razor sharp backhand that does all the talking in lengthy rallies. Apart from her strong baseline game, Williams' net coverage has been a class apart in recent years. Father and former Coach Richard Williams always encouraged Venus to come more often to the net to take control of the points and as the serve and volley game has ruled the Green Grass at Wimbledon ( most notable references being legends Martina Navratilova and Pete Sampras), Venus has managed to claim five victorious at the 'Mecca of Tennis'.
The secret to Serena's success is less technical and more psychological. Serena's determination and the hunger to win makes her the champion on grass that she is. Apart from her superb serve (considered best and the most consistent in women's tennis), Serena's ability to take control of rallies by the virtue of her marvellous court movement gives her the edge over others. Her 2004 final loss to Sharapova is still a mystery to many fans and tennis pundits across the globe.
As a defending champion in both Singles and doubles, Serena Williams carries a huge burden of expectations going into this year's championship. Only time will tell whether Serena will emerge strong enough to defend her title or a certain Belgian will complete a long-yearning dream to claim a career Grand Slam. Till then, fans all over the world will hope for some swashbuckling action during the fortnight at Wimbledon.
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