Serena Captures 5th Wimbledon Title
Charles E. Sutton | 7/9/2012, 9:10 p.m.
Victory Ties Sister Venus's Total
After missing almost a year of competition due to a series of setbacks including a pulmonary embolism and two foot surgeries, Williams confirmed in winning her 14th Grand Slam title that she remains one of the best women's tennis players in the world.
"I didn't think I would play tennis again at one point. I just wanted to make it out of the hospital. Making it out of that moment, that's when you realize you have perspective about life and your career," Williams said.
With Saturday's win, Williams tied her sister's five Wimbledon titles. The sisters from Compton, Calif., have combined to win 10 of the last 13 Wimbledon singles championships.
At the age of 30, Williams was the oldest player to win Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova won it in 1990 at the age of 33. Saturday's Wimbledon final was marked by huge momentum swings.
Radwanska, 23, wasn't up to the challenge early in the match, overwhelmed by Williams' power and big-stage experience. In 2005, Radwanska captured the Wimbledon girls' championship, and has risen to No. 3 in the world by limiting her errors and utilizing a lot of speed and craftiness
In the opening set, Radwanska got off to a slow start and lost the set badly. But after a 23-minute rain delay, the would-be rout became a challenging match.
"I was a little bit nervous in the beginning," said Radwanska, who had never been past the quarterfinals of any major tournament. "When I was going on the court the second time, I just felt like a normal match."
In the second set, Radwanska hung in the rallies, and Williams wound up in a must-hold game at 5-6. Three errors and a double fault later, the match was tied at one set each
In the third and deciding set, Williams' serve was dominant as she blasted four successive aces to win the fourth game. She closed the match with a powerful backhand winner. She had 17 aces in the match and 102 for the tournament - a Wimbledon women's record.
Chris Evert and Navratilova hold the record for the most major victories with 18 each. Evert, who is currently an ESPN analyst, said she felt Williams could reach 18 major wins.
"As long as she stays healthy and hungry, she is the player to beat," Evert said.