Serena Williams wins 2009 Wimbledon Women's Final

The Wimbledon women’s final had ended anticlimactically on Saturday, and Tony Adamson, the announcer at the All England Club, intoned: “Ladies and gentlemen.

The runner-up. Venus Williams!”

Even for those who had watched the forehands and two-handed backhands closely on this breezy afternoon, Adamson’s words still had an odd ring.

Wimbledon has long been the Williams sisters’ territory, but it was Venus, not Serena, who had the biggest stake in the place. It was Venus who had won five singles titles, including the last two. It was Venus who had won 20 straight singles matches and, until Saturday, 34 straight sets.

Despite few hints of regime change in the early rounds, this did not turn out to be her year. Instead, it was younger sister Serena’s turn to keep the Wimbledon inscribers busy. She broke open this often-edgy final midway through the second set and then secured her third Wimbledon singles title by breaking Venus’s serve in a tight final game to win, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

I’ve never seen anyone express their willpower as much as Serena Williams on the tennis court, ever.”

— Billie Jean King, former American Women's Tennis champion