2010 Wimbledon Womens Singles Finals: Serena Williams vs Vera Zvonareva
No. 1 seed Serena Williams takes on No. 21 seed Vera Zvonareva Saturday July 3, 2010 at 2PM in the Wimbledon 2010 Women’s Singles Finals match.
The 25-year-old Russian Zvonareva advanced to her first career Grand Slam final by defeating Tsvetana Pironkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their semifinal match. Serena Williams advances the finals by defeating Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Defending ladies’ champion Serena Williams says she will do everything in her power to hang on to her Wimbledon title when she faces surprise Russian challenger Vera Zvonareva in the final.
The 28-year-old world No.1 is gunning for her fourth (4th) Wimbledon singles crown and her 13th Grand Slam overall but says she’s still desperate for more success at The Championships.
“It’s like always – once you have something, you always want it and want to keep it, so it’s always something that I desire,” said the favourite and top seed.
UPDATE: Serena Williams cruised past Vera Zvonareva in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to win her 4th Wimbledon singles title.
Serena Williams swept Vera Zvonareva in straight sets Saturday to win her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam championship, extending the Williams family dominance at the All England Club.
The top-ranked and defending champion American overwhelmed the 21st-seeded Russian 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided final that lasted just 67 minutes and showed why Williams is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
Williams served nine aces, broke three times and never faced a break point in nine service games. She finished the tournament without dropping a set.
After converting an overhead smash to finish the match, Williams tossed her racket away, bent backward, looked to the sky, shook her fists and screamed.
Williams, who improved to 13-3 in Grand Slam finals, added to the Wimbledon titles she won in 2002, 2003 and 2009. However, this was the first time she defeated someone other than her sister Venus in the final.
The Williams sisters have now won nine of the last 11 Wimbledon titles. Venus beat Serena in 2008 for her fifth title here.
“My dream was able to come true,” Serena said after accepting the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent with a curtsy. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. This one is very special.”
Serena moved ahead of Billie Jean King into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list of women’s Grand Slam champions with 13, the most of any active woman player. Williams also has five Australian Opens, three U.S. Opens and one French Open.
Williams turned to King, who was sitting in the Royal Box, and said: “Hey, Billie—I got you. This is No. 13 for me now. It’s just amazing to able to be among such great people.”
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