This was her fifth Wimbledon title and yet the expression was just like the one she must have given on her first. Serena Williams on Saturday defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in a game that looked like it would have gone the other way at the beginning to win the 2012 Women’s Wimbledon title. Her last titles were back in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010.
The score at the end of the game was 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. This was the first grand slam for Radwanska who showed exceptional performance on court yet did not manage to grab the title. Though she lost the first set, she came back to win the second in an almighty manner. But Williams came back to win the third set and her 14th major championship.
It was hard-fought and a game well-earned. Williams had to break Radwanska twice in the final set to let out a shout of exhilaration and she deserved it. The 30 year old was out of tennis for almost a whole year and returned to make her way back to the sport. She was on a break due to a leg injury and a pulmonary embolism in 2010 and 2011.
Compared to the roaring and raring Serena, Agnieszka lacked that energy although she managed to give a good fight in her first grand slam finals. The American eased through most of the game with a relatively easy opponent. Though the Polish showed great play in the second set, it was the most that could have happened. Serena owned the game and when she got to hold her trophy, it wasn’t the usual standing pose. She jumped up and gave a beaming smile. Her sister, Venus Williams had the exact same expression on her face.
Serena Williams has had a remarkable career. With more prize money than any other female athlete, she has managed to make a mark at the Olympics as well with two medals to her name. She has seen herself in the number one rank and she has played un-ranked, but though it all she has given it all on court.
The year-long pain of being away can be set aside for now because Serena Williams has a grand slam to enjoy!
The men’s finals will be played on Sunday.