Women’s Finals

Jul 4, 2010

Once again, Serena Williams made it clear why the Williams family are treated with such respect and awe when it comes to tennis. Out of the past 11 titles taken at Wimbledon in the women’s tournament, 9 of those have been won by a Williams sister. Now that is an impressive statistic.

The finals match against Zvonareva was over in just 66 minutes, but it was undoubtedly the biggest 66 minutes of the Russian’s life. She came a cropper at 6-3 6-2, but she battled in a way that certainly justified her place in the women’s final. She did good not to go with a lower score, managing to see off a break point to level 303 in the first set. Williams missed the second break point, but she took the next with some true Williams style.

She also remained incredibly calm, managing to keep any emotion that would bring her game under any more pressure. But at the end of the match, she was disappointed with her form. It must be difficult to go out in a final with a scoreline of 6-3 6-2, even if it is against one of the most brutal players on the women’s circuit. On match point, she could only watch forlornly as a smash flew past her into the back wall and Serena took the title.

Admitting that she was disappointed and hadn’t played her best, it was still a remarkable achievement for a player that underwent surgery just last year, and ranked 21st in Russia. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how fantastic a run you have, coming up against Serena Williams in a final at a tournament that is seen as ‘hers’, is a lot to ask of anyone.

So for another year, no-one has interrupted the Williams’ run. Let’s hope it spurs players like Zvonareva to try their utmost to disrupt this pattern.

Today, Tomas Berdych plays Rafael Nadal in his first Grand Slam final; can we feel a Del Potro moment coming on? Or is Nadal just too powerful? As I write this the build up begins, so we shall see very, very soon.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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