Sunday, July 4, 2010

Serena Powers past Zvonareva for 4th Wimbledon, 13th Slam

Serena Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon crown with a stunning and domianting performance against Vera Zvonareva of Russia. Over the course of the fortnight Serena displayed the brilliance of her serve, cracking 89 aces in 7 matches to set a Wimbledon record. In the 6-3, 6-2 win over her 21st seeded opponent, Serena had complete control over all but a few rallies, never giving Zvonareva an opportunity to get her feet straight. Serena didn't face one break point in the match and lost just 3 points on her serve in the second set.

En route to the final Zvonareva returned to her pre-ankle injury form, dismissing Yanina Wickmayer, Jelena Jankovic and Kim Clijsters in impressive performances. Serena commended her opponent in her post-match interview, telling the crowd, “Everyone should give her a big round of applause. She defines what being a champion and never giving up means."

Serena defined that herself as well, winning her 13th Grand Slam title and 4th Wimbledon to surpass the great Billie Jean King on the All-Time list. The top seed blasted through the draw without dropping a set and improved her Grand Slam finals record to 13-3. “My dream was able to come true," said Serena. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. This one is very special.”

Very special indeed. Congrats S!

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