Serena tops Venus again for third Wimbledon title

STEPHEN WILSON | 7/2/2009, 4:21 p.m.

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Saturday for her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam championship.

In the fourth all-Williams final at Wimbledon, Serena came out on top for the third time by out-serving her sister, lifting her game in the tiebreaker and dictating play throughout the second set.

By taking the title for the first time in six years, Serena stopped five-time champion Venus from becoming the first woman to win Wimbledon three years in a row since Steffi Graf from 1991-93. The Williams sisters have won eight of the 10 Wimbledon singles titles this decade.When Venus slapped a backhand return into the net on the fourth match point, Serena fell to her knees on the grass. As always with Williams vs. Williams matches, the celebrations were relatively muted. The two sisters embraced at the net, with the 29-year-old Venus patting 27-year-old Serena on the back.

It was Serena's turn to hold up the women's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish.

"It feels so amazing," she said. "I feel so blessed. I feel like I shouldn't be holding the trophy. It's named for Venus and she always wins."