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[Tennis] Venus Beats Sis for Wimbledon Women’s Title

Posted July. 07, 2008 09:01,   


This time, the older Williams sister beat the younger one.

Venus Williams of the United States, 28, yesterday beat Serena in the women’s singles final of Wimbledon in London.

The seventh-seeded Venus topped the sixth-ranked Serena, 26, in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4, to claim her fifth Wimbledon singles’ title.

Venus had not beaten her younger sister in the final of a major tournament since the 2001 U.S. Open, and is now 1-5 against Serena in the finals.

The two sisters fought hard for the title with strong serves and sharp strokes. They threw their rackets in frustration after making mistakes.

The more experienced and focused Venus emerged the winner, but the sisters soon came back and hugged each other after the game.

Venus said, “You could never detract from winning a Wimbledon, so of course it doesn’t detract from that. But I’m definitely thinking about how my sister’s feeling.”

Their father Richard, who introduced tennis to his daughters in a California slum, returned to the United States before the match, leaving only their mother in the stands.

Venus, who set a new Wimbledon record with a serve of 208 kilometers per hour, also won the women’s double title paired with her sister.

Venus won a combined 865,000 pounds (about 1.71 million U.S. dollars) in prize money in this year’s Wimbledon, or 750,000 pounds for her singles title and 115,000 pounds for her doubles’ win.