Venus Williams wins fifth Wimbledon title
Venus Williams has secured her fifth Wimbledon title this morning by beating her sister Serena 7-5 6-4 in the final.
The 28-year-old becomes one of only four players to have lifted the trophy at least five times in the Open era.
Serena made a ferocious start, forging a 4-2 lead, but Venus clawed her way back to 4-4 before breaking at 6-5 to snatch the first set in 53 minutes.
Both players maintained a high standard throughout in blustery conditions, but Venus hit top form when it counted.
Serena talks about what it was like to play against her sister:
It had been five years since they had played a Grand Slam singles final together, and the long wait resulted in one of their most intense and entertaining matches despite the gusty conditions that made Centre Court feel more like a wind tunnel.
But there is still no doubt about which Williams sister has the best record at Wimbledon.
Despite a ferocious start from Serena, Venus was able to absorb the shock and gradually impose her long-limbed presence on her favorite tennis court. Her 7-5, 6-4 victory gave her a fifth Wimbledon singles title and left Serena with two.
“I can’t believe it’s five, but when you’re in the final against Serena Williams, five seems so far away from that first point,” Venus said in her post-match remarks to the crowd. “She played so awesome. It was really a task to beat her.”