Serena wins her fifth Wimbledon singles title

Jul 08, 2012, 07:15 IST | Dileep Mehta

Feisty Williams bags fifth Wimbledon singles crown after enduring pain and self-doubt caused by blood clots which kept her out of the game for a year

It was Super Saturday for World No 6 Serena Williams as she was crowned Wimbledon singles champion for the fifth time after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 here. The American thus lifted her Grand Slam tally to 14. The end of the two-hour battle against her Polish opponent saw Serena lie flat on the grass in celebration before pocketing a cheque of 1,150,000 pounds.

Serena Williams celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her singles final victory over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships in London on Saturday.

Serena (31) became the first 30-plus woman after Martina Navratilova to win Wimbledon. Martina last won here in 1990 at the age of 34. Serena’s previous four Wimbledon titles came her way through back-to-back wins in 2002-2003 and 2009-2010. Saturday’s match was her seventh Wimbledon final.
Down and out
Williams, it can be recalled, was out of the sport for a year due to dangerous blood clots. She has proved in good measure that she is one of the most remarkable athletes in the sporting world. “I can’t describe it. I almost didn’t make it a few years ago. I was in hospital and I thought I’d never be here again, so this makes it so worth it,” said Williams. “It’s all sweeter. I was so down but you never give up. You have to continue.”

Her opponent Radwanska was handicapped by a respiratory illness. Making her maiden appearance at a Grand Slam final, Radwanska (23) looked low-key. Serena was all over her, cracking her service and attacking all the way. “It was amazing. I played a terrific first set terrific, giving no chances and playing aggressively. I wanted to start it that way,” added Serena.

An emotional Radwanska holds back the tears. Pics/AFP, Getty Images

It was Radwanska’s third defeat in three matches against Serena, but for the first time she took a set off the champion. “I am very proud to have got to the final. I am still shaking but I tried, it just wasn’t my day. I have been unlucky here, playing in the wind and the rain, but I still played some great matches,” said the emotional loser. 

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