Venus Williams owns Wimbledon
She might not have won a tournament all year. She might have lost to the likes of Domininka Cibulkova and Petra Kvitova recently. She might be 28 years old. No matter. When Venus Williams comes to Wimbledon she transforms into the best player in the world. She won her fifth title without dropping a set, culminating with a poised, business-like defeat of her sister Serena on Saturday. The grass rewards her movement and her pace. Add in an unshakable mental game, and she’s virtually unbeatable on this surface.
The Williams-Williams matches are getting less awkward
Classic tennis matches need some tension and that’s always going to be hard to come by when the two opponents are sisters, roommates and doubles partners. Though the atmosphere this afternoon was hardly electric, fans never quite sure whom to applaud, the level of play was often quite high. The match featured big hitting and big serving, and some wonderful defense and court coverage. And — a counter to the conspiracy theorists who still float the shabby suggestion that the matches are fixed — Serena even showed some ruthlessness in the first set, nearly nailing Venus from point blank range. John McEnroe went so far as to call the match a “borderline classic.”