Sunday, July 5, 2009

Wimbledon: The Finale

The number two seeds in both of the men and women's draw came out as the winner for the Wimbledon Championships. Roger Federer won his 6th Wimbledon title and his 15th overall as he stands alone on top with the most major won by a male tennis player. Serena Williams was able to beat her 5-time Wimbledon champion sister to get her 3rd Wimbledon and her 11th overall.

It was one of Federer's most gutsy win in a final, let alone a Grand Slam final, needing 4 hours and 17 minutes and 30 games in the final set to take down a resurgent Andy Roddick 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14. It was a game dominated by booming serves as both players won more than 80% of their first serves with Federer out-acing Roddick 50-27, Federer's personal best. Going into the fifth set, Federer had to break Roddick's serve for the first time in the match to win while maintaining his own. Roddick never got close to breaking Federer in that final set and it was Roddick who blinked first as Federer broke him in the 77th game of the match, a Wimbledon record for most games played in a final.

Under the watchful eyes of past Wimbledon champions such as Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, and Pete Sampras, Federer lifted himself up and over these legends by reclaiming his Wimbledon crown. History was made.

With six years removed from her last Wimbledon title and going against her sister Venus in a rematch of last year's final, Serena did not expect to win. But just as the serve was the key stroke in the men's final, Serena used her own powerful serve to break down her sister winning 94% on her first serve and a staggering 71% on her second. It was too much for Venus to handle faltering after 2-2 in the second set with Serena winning the last four points for a 7-6 (3), 6-2 straight sets victory.

Previous Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Maria Bueno and Virginia Wade were in attendance to see Serena capture her third Wimbledon crown. It was a dominating performance by the dominant player of her generation. All credit to her and runner-up Venus, now 8 Wimbledon titles between them, that hours after their final match, they were able to come out again and defend their ladies doubles title in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-4 for their fourth Wimbledon doubles title.

Though they were both seeded second in this tournament, they are undoubtedly the top players in their sport of the moment with both of them winning 3 of the last 4 Grand Slams. Both of them will most likely take some time off and then come back ready to defend their US Open titles. I, for one, can't wait.

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