- Wimbledon, Day 13
Presenting the Serena Rosewater Dish...
The Serena Rosewater Dish
As Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to claim her 14th grand slam title, the American lifted the Wimbledon trophy for a fifth time equalling sister Venus' tally at the All England Club. Perhaps it is only fair that the Venus Rosewater Dish is renamed in honour of Serena now?
For Radwanska, her wait for a first major goes on, but she can take heart from her performance against the most decorated player on the WTA Tour. She looked down and out when she was broken early in the second set (having been overwhelmed in the first), but showed real character to fight back and take Williams to a third set - the first time in six years that the women's final at Wimbledon has gone to a decider.
Third time unlucky
For a player who had never even reached a grand slam semi-final before she arrived at Wimbledon, perhaps it was too much to expect Radwanska to claim her first major. Especially when you consider that victory over Williams would have seen the Pole climb to world No. 1 for the first time. It would have been the third major in a row that the champion had climbed to the top of the world rankings: Victoria Azarenka did it after winning the Australian Open and Maria Sharapova returned to world No. 1 following her French Open victory.
As Williams fired down her fifth ace of the match against Radwanska, she set a new championship record of 90 aces - the most hit by a woman during Wimbledon - breaking her own record from two years ago. By the time she had finished, she had made it into treble figures - four back-to-back aces in the third set helping her en route to a whopping 102.
She may be the champion, but even champions can be made to look foolish. With the final in its early stages, Radwanska played a reflex volley, scooping the ball over her opponent after Williams had chased down a drop shot. As Serena raced back to chase down the shot, she played it on the turn and managed to spoon it into the crowd at right angles to the court.
No rest for the wicked
Having just won Wimbledon for a fifth time, Williams would be forgiven for wanting to head home for a soak in the bath and a cheeky glass of bubbly. Not Serena, who was back on Centre Court shortly after nine on Saturday for the women's doubles final with sister Venus.
The pair won, too - meaning they have five singles titles at SW19 apiece, and five doubles titles too. HI5TORY, or something.