Sunday, July 06, 2008
Williams Sisters on Centre Court 2008
Defending champ, Venus Williams is winner of back to back victories making Saturday's win her fifth singles championship of the coveted trophy - a sterling silver salver aptly named the Venus Rosewater dish.
When Serena was asked how she would prepare to beat Venus, she said she would make sure to eat up all the breakfast food before the match so Venus would be hungry. Spoken like a true little sister.
Well, it seemed to work at first with Serena winning the first four games. But, Venus 28, hungry or not, beat little sis Serena 26, in straight sets (7-5 and 6-4). But, it was a dramatic hard fought battle for every game taking up to as many as 6 deuce (tie) points to decide the winner.
Venus didn't celebrate too hard immediately because of Serena, and said that her first job is that of big sister.
First and second place. Not too shabby.
OK, about 3 1/2 hours later the sisters paired up again at All England Club's Centre Court to win their seventh Grand Slam doubles title beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-2.
Including the prize money awarded to the singles champion and runner-up, along with what they earned for the doubles championship, the Williams family netted more than $2.5 million Saturday. Not too shabby at all.
"By the way, I know you ate all the Wheaties this morning."