It's just the beginning of a good phase: Serena

Jul 09, 2012, 08:00 IST | Dileep Mehta

After winning the ladies singles Wimbledon title, a jubilant Serena Williams recalled the hard work she put in to achieve her feat

A career threatening injury, followed by multiple surgeries couldn’t stop her. Serena turned it around at the All-England Club by winning the coveted trophy for the fifth time and equalling her sister Venus’ feat. In Saturday’s final, the 30-year-old beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. 

Delighted: Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy at the clubhouse balcony after her singles victory on Saturday. Pic/AFP

“There was a moment, I just remember I was on the couch and I couldn’t leave it for two days,” Serena said.

“I couldn’t take it any more. I said to myself that I have endured enough, let me be able to get through this,” Serena added.

Enormous pressure
“I didn’t give up, I was just too tired at that point, I had a tube in my stomach and it was draining constantly. Right before that I had a blood clot. I had lung problems, two surgeries and it was a lot on me. I felt like I didn’t do anything to bring on that. I just felt enormous pressure before coming here. But winning the title feels amazing because last year I was ranked almost 200. It’s been an unbelievable journey for me, a kind of beginning of a great phase.

“In this whole tournament, I felt really great physically. So I think it’s definitely the beginning of something great and I hope it is,” Serena added.

Serena though felt that without the support of her family and friends, she couldn’t have achieved this and now her aim is to win a few more Grand Slam titles.

“Having been through so much, now I hope to add to my tally of 13 Grand Slam singles titles sooner than later,” she hoped.

Never felt better
But the Wimbledon ladies champion was pleasantly surprised with the way it has gone for her in the entire tournament. “I have never felt better than this, I have pretty much been injury-free in this whole tournament. Normally I play two events, but here I played every day, sometimes two matches a day, which I haven’t done in a long time. Now, I am looking forward to September’s US Open,” she said.   

Doubles glory for Serena-Venus
Serena Williams teamed up with sister Venus to win a fifth Wimbledon women’s doubles title on Saturday, ending a perfect day after she had also claimed a fifth singles crown.

Serena (left) and Venus Williams pose with the doubles trophy

The sisters defeated Czech sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 for their 13 Grand Slam doubles triumph.

The sisters now have five Wimbledon doubles titles, four Australian Open, two US Open and two French Open doubles triumphs.

“It was a very long day. I was happy to win the singles and I think it may have been a big letdown if I had lost the doubles,” said Serena.

Venus added: “I felt like I played a match already by watching Serena from the box earlier today. If anyone knows what it’s like to win singles and doubles in the same day, then it’s me.”

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