LONDON - After nearly two hours of brutal powerhouse tennis on Centre Court on Saturday Serena Williams punched a backhand into the tramlines and older sister Venus had her fifth Wimbledon title in the bag.
The celebrations of 28-year-old Venus were muted.
After losing to 26-year-old Serena in their last five meetings in grand slam finals, including the disappointing 2002 and 2003 showdowns at Wimbledon, her 7-5 6-4 victory meant big sister had finally put little sister back in her place.
A brief embrace at the net was as emotional as it got before Venus set off to parade the Venus Rosewater Dish around a sunlit arena.
Serena at least had something to smile about later when she partnered Venus to the women's doubles title for the third time.
After the awkwardness of a few hours earlier, it was all high fives and smiles when they beat Samantha Stosur and Lisa Raymond 6-2 6-2, meaning Venus swept through the entire fortnight without dropping a set.
"My first job is big sister, I take that very seriously," Venus said on Centre Court after the singles watched by her mother and other sister but not father Richard who flew back to Florida after the semifinals.
"I'm definitely more in tune with my sister's feelings because one of us has to win and one of us has to lose.
"The celebration isn't as exciting because my sister just lost."
Looking out for little sister did not extend to charity on the tennis court.
A 208kph serve, the fastest ever by a woman at Wimbledon, was proof Venus was pulling no punches in the best of the singles finals they have contested here.
Battle was commenced and the sisters, who learnt the game on public courts in the Compton district of Los Angeles, went at it like street fighters.
In the men's doubles final second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Jonas Bjorkman and Kevin Ullyett 7-6 6-7 6-3 6-3 to win their first Wimbledon doubles title. - Reuters