What started off as Serena Williams’ tournament to lose turned out to be her tournament to win. The now four-time Wimbledon champion looked overwhelmingly dominant as she rolled over Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday’s final. The win gives Serena 4 Wimbledon titles and 13 Grand Slam titles overall.
As Serena loves to say, her serve does not abandon her at Wimbledon. To drive that point home, the number 1 ranked player in the world didn’t face a break point in the entire match. The same could not be said for Zvonareva. After a very evenly played six games, the two were all square at 3-3. Serena, as expected, held serve to jump back ahead by a game. Then, the first break of the match came when Williams smacked a curling forehand winner down the line to jump ahead 5-3. She wouldn’t look back, as her reliable serve helped her close out the first set in impressive form.
Those guessing that Serena would slow down in the second set guessed wrong. In fact, she played better. The set began with Serena immediate breaking Zvonareva to go up 1-0. The Russian started to unravel when she double-faulted to fall behind 4-1. Three games letter, Serena put away an overhand to seal the deal on another successful Wimbledon run. The reaction of the two finalists mirrored the on-court action. Serena’s reaction was one of great jubilance, while Zvaonareva sat in her chair and wiped away tears.
By securing her 13th Grand Slam title, Serena moved past the legendary Billie Jean King on the all-time women’s list. She now stares up at Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, each with 18 titles. Her first crack at number 14 will come at the 129th U.S. Open. The tournament starts on August 30th in New York City. Serena’s last U.S. Open win came in 2008 against Jelena Janković.
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