Serena Williams been putting in work on the court. From the way she plays to the style of clothes she wears on and off the court. The girl ball.
“She has good hands as well,” Radwanska said later, “so she can do those kinds of things.”
Williams instinctively raised her arms in triumph, though it wasn’t over — Williams led 5-2. But it was.
The best server in the history of women’s tennis now had two chances to serve out the match. She needed just one.
Not long after, Williams, who never has followed any script but her own, was holding the Venus Rosewater dish for a fifth Wimbledon title and 14th major overall.
“I can’t even describe it,” said Williams after her 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 defeat of the third-seeded Radwanska, which ended two years of Grand Slam drought after a series of accidents, injuries and illness. “I almost didn’t make it. A few years ago, I was in the hospital, and now I’m here again. It’s so worth it, and I’m so happy.”
Sure, there was plenty of muscle from the reigning ace machine, including a nerve calming “golden game” early in the third set in which in she fired four consecutive aces.
Going into final, one in five of her serves had been aces. On Saturday, she smacked another 17 for a Wimbledon-record 102 for the tournament, 13 more than she hit in 2010, the previous high mark.
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