Saturday, July 5, 2008

Big Sis' finally takes lil' sis to school

Venus Williams beat her sister Serna 7-5, 6-4 in the Wimbledon Final for her fifth Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam championship. This was Venus' first victory over her younger sibling in a Grand Slam final since the 2001 U.S. Open, and it evened their career record at 8-8. Venus came from 3-1 down in the first set to turn around the match, breaking Serena four times while dropping serve twice in a final that proved to be one of the most exciting displays of athletism in recent years. A swirling wind added an points to the level of difficulty making some of the power shots even more impressive. Venus broke to finish the match in 1 hour, 51 minutes, with Serena hitting a backhand wide on the second match point. The sisters embraced at the net, and Venus kept her celebrations in check as she twirled and waved to the Centre Court crowd. So big sis’ finally gave lil’ sis a spanking. It was good for them AND tennis to see them going at each other, dispelling rumors that their matches were setups from their father, or imaginary “pulled hamstrings” that keep them from competing against each other. This was more than a matchup between siblings; it was a contest between two of the hardest-hitting, most athletic players in the world at the top of their game. Can they keep this level up or have we seen the pinnacle of the “Williams’ Sisters Era”?

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