by Isi Esene
Serena Williams has defeated Poland‘s Agniezska Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win her fifth singles title at Wimbledon. With this feat, she has become first woman over 30 to win Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova won at 33 in 1990. The experience Williams had gathered over her illustrious career certainly came in handy for her in this match as she survived a remarkable revival from Radwanska.
After being completely out-classed for the first set and a half of her maiden Grand Slam final, Radwanska had Serena on the ropes before the sixth seed finally recovered her composure to reclaim the Venus Rosewater Dish in just over two hours on Centre Court.
“I can’t even describe it,” Williams said during the presentation ceremony. “I almost didn’t make it a few years ago. I was in hospital, but I’m here again and it was worth it. I’m so happy.”
Redwanska, the 23-year old Pole, had on Friday cancelled her pre-final press conference due to illness. She also cut short her semi-final press conference the day before.
“Unfortunately, I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat,” she said in a statement.
However, Serena earned her victory with a display of character, zeal, and focus in the championship winning match which reminded one of the supremely talented player we’d always known.
She has also set a personal record by equaling her sister Venus’ tally of five titles at the All England Club.