Serena Does It Again at Wimbledon; Shares Doubles Title with Sister Venus

Let me tell you, that girl didn’t look good for a while.  I could hardly bear to watch and flipped the channel to something else a few times.  I can’t stand the possibility of defeat these days.  I want to believe.

Agnieszka Radwanska , the challenger, was making her work for it.  And because girlfriend is 30, has medical issues and has injuries out the yin-yang, she looked like she was going down.  The weather wasn’t on her side, either.  Serena was winning until a halt was announced on account of the rain (which deluged parts of Britain pretty badly within a 24 hour period—more global warming).  That threw her game because when the game recommenced, Serena began blowing it because of her nerves.  She was working against herself.

But there were times, even as she seemed to flag, that Serena put the whammy on Radwanska.  More than just twice.  Slowly but surely, she came back, got her mojo working stronger.  I think she was saying to the 23-year-old coming up,  Oh, yeah, huh?  You want this whupping that bad?

But age, experience, skill, and above all will won out this time.  Serena Williams, rated No. 6,  is again on top of the women’s tennis world, beating No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 on Centre Court.  Of course, these rankings will change on Monday.

There was the euphoria of winning her fifth singles title at Wimbledon, tying her older sister Venus, and her 14th in a Grand Slam tournament. The satisfaction of purging a shocking French Open implosion and the aura of vulnerability that followed. The relief that comes with reviving a career on the brink, from cheating death, from outlasting a patient and persistent adversary who on Saturday threatened with a comeback nearly as stirring as Williams’s.

When it was over, when her crisp backhand found open court, Williams fell backward onto the lawn. She stayed there for a few seconds, a grass angel basking in a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, before climbing through the crowd to meet her entourage in its box. Her appreciation of these moments is greater than it was 13 years ago, when at age 17 she announced her presence at the 1999 United States Open. There is an element of selflessness, of humility, that comes, perhaps, with age and maturity. Now 30, Williams is the first woman in her 30s to capture a Grand Slam since Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33.

And then she teamed up with sister Venus later, and together, these black valkyries took the doubles title.

About five hours after Williams won her fifth singles title by beating Agnieszka Radwanska, she and sister Venus were back on Centre Court to beat Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 Saturday in the doubles final.

It was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title together, and came shortly after Venus watched her little sister win the singles final.

“I was definitely inspired by Serena’s singles performance,” Venus said. “Obviously it’s wonderful to play on the court with her. I couldn’t have done it without her, so it’s great.”

Both sisters have battled health issues over the last two years, with Venus having been diagnosed with an energy-sapping illness and Serena overcoming blood clots in her lungs and two operations after cutting her feet on glass in 2010.

This was their first doubles tournament together in two years, and they looked as if they hadn’t missed a beat.

“She’s such a fighter, you never say die,” Venus said about her sister. “I don’t think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything. Nothing has defeated us yet, so we’re going to keep that track record.”

I’m very, very glad for them; but ladies, when it is time to go—and that time is rapidly approaching despite this great day—go with grace.  And with gratitude.


~ by blksista on July 7, 2012.

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