As I type this, today’s Wimbledon singles champion, Serena Williams, is probably hanging out in the Wimbledon locker room with her sister Venus, still in her tennis clothes and once again getting ready to take to Centre Court for a big time final. Why not try to win Wimbledon twice in one day? Serena Williams just can’t get enough.
Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in today’s singles final, winning her fifth at Wimbledon (she’s now tied with Venus), her first Major since last winning on the lawns in 2010, and setting an all-time women’s ace record with 102 bombers for the tournament. The win won’t take her to No. 1, however, that honor going to Victoria Azarenka on Monday.
I loved watching Serena Williams play this fortnight. She showed her human side all tournament long as she was pushed by capable opponents even as she showed off her super-human serve and champion’s resolve. She and her sister held fast in the doubles, sometimes playing two matches a day. Serena revealed as much dedication to her sister and the doubles draw as she did to her own singles fortunes.
This has been a wonderful tournament for Serena and I think she’s won over many fans who have long admired, but found it hard to love her. Her game at thirty years of age is as awe inspiring as ever – maybe more so – and her recent struggles and determination to improve have exposed that soft, tennis-lovin’ heart that her powerful game and smouldering confidence have sometimes masked.
Today’s opponent, Radwanska, who went from 0-5 down in the first set to a real threat by the beginning of the third, also showed off yet another angle to her game and personality this fortnight. She’s a lightweight in many senses of the word, but she showed more game and gumption than anyone could expect while playing in her first Major final against once of the all-time greats. Just as she showed Serena she could be a threat in the second set, she showed the world that she is more than a capable player enjoying being in the right place at the right time. I look forward to seeing her try to better her performance next time.
As we wrap up the women’s side of things today, I have to mention how fabulous the ladies played this fortnight. There were so many great matches – from Serena vs. Zheng Jie to Lisicki vs. Kerber to Paszek vs. Wozniacki to Pironkova vs. Sharapova, the ladies treated us to some wonderful, suspense-filled matches in both the early and later rounds. The women’s game appears to be shaping up quite nicely with a long roster of talented players with interesting, confident games. I loved watching the women play during this tournament and have definitely added some new players to my “must watch” list. Well done, ladies! And of course, bravo to Serena!