What a great day for Serena Williams. Not only did she win her 5th Wimbledon title in singles, she also won her 5th Wimbledon title in doubles, with her sister, Venus Williams.
First up for Serena Williams was her singles final, against world number 3 Agnieszka Radwanska. She won the first set 6-1. It seemed as though this would be an easy match for her. In the second set, she was up 4-2 and she was 2 games away from winning in straight sets. All of a sudden, Radwanska started playing better and better and came back to win the second set 7-5. Radswanska was in control of the match, it seemed. At 2-2, though, Williams started serving much better and moving better. This helped her win the next four games and her 5th Wimbledon singles title. The score was 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
The wildcard men’s doubles team who beat Bob and Mike Bryan yesterday, won their first ever title together. Jonathan Marray, Great Britain, and Frederik Nielsen, Denmark defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-5), 6-7(5-7), 6-3. Marray and Nielsen were given a wildcard to Wimbledon, but no one really expected them to go far, esp considering they had to face the defending champions-Bryan Brothers-and other seeded doubles teams. The two of them had never played in a tour level match before and Nielsen had never won a match at a major. On their way to the final, they defeated: Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, number 9 seeds, Aisem Quereshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, number 8 seeds, and the biggest upset, the Bryan Brothers. This match was huge for both players. Nielsen was the first male player from Denmark to ever win a title in a Grand Slam, single or doubles. Marray was the first British man to win the doubles title sincer 1936.
While the men’s doubles final had two first time winners, the women’s doubles final had the veterans. Serena and Venus Williams, who were unseeded, defeated Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 in a little over an hour and fifteen minutes. Their opponents had won the French Open doubles title last year, so they knew how to perform in big matches. The first set was a little tough for the Williams’ sisters. Both doubles teams held serve until 5-5, when the Czech team was broken. Serena served for the match and they won the first set. They didn’t have much time, they wanted to finish the match before 11pm, which is when all the matches are suspended and postponed until the following day. They didn’t need to worry. The second set was much easier for the Williams’ sisters. They won the match after Venus closed to set with an ace. This was their 5th Wimbledon title and 13th major title overall.
The Men’s Singles final will be on ESPN at 9 am EST. It will be a historic match whether Roger Federer or Andy Murray win on Sunday. If Federer wins, he will win his 7th Wimbledon title and 17th major. If Murray wins, he will be the first British man to win a major in over 70 years. Good luck to both, although I will be rooting for Federer.