LONDON - Serena Williams can stomach her sister's name emblazoned on the singles trophy, she even accepted the smaller room in their rented house, but she put her foot down to snatch back the Wimbledon title on Saturday.
Her emphatic 7-6 6-2 victory over 29-year-old Venus to capture an 11th grand slam singles title on Independence Day will not make any classic Wimbledon compilation DVDs.
Venus strode out on a sunlit Centre Court and seemed poised to complete a hat-trick of women's singles titles last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1993. But in the end she was forced to play second fiddle to her younger sister in their 21st career meeting.
Later in the day, as the sun dipped down behind Centre Court's roof, Serena and Venus teamed up to win their fourth Wimbledon women's doubles title, defeating Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs of Australia 7-6 6-4.
It was consolation of sorts for Venus, who has now lost six of the eight grand slam singles finals she has played against Serena.
She had looked the more composed on Saturday until the first-set tiebreak, which Serena won with a sublime lob, but then seemed powerless as Serena blazed away to raise the Venus Rosewater Dish for a third time.
Serena's next major title, if and when it comes, would draw her level with fellow American Billie Jean King, who watched from the Royal Box, in sixth place in the list of all-time women's grand slam singles winners.
"It's unbelievable," said the 27-year-old who now holds three of the four slams. "I'm looking at the next goal of someone like Billie Jean King, who is completely my idol. To get to her level and have 12 would be even better." Venus lags behind Serena with seven grand slam titles but would have had an awful lot more if her sister had not followed her on to the tennis courts of Compton 20 odd years ago. - Reuter