It wasn't one of Serena Williams' most consistent matches but after rain delays she outclassed a young opponent to win her 5th Wimbledon singles crown 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Williams' win also made her the second player at age 30 to win a Wimbledon women's singles title other than Martina Navratilova in 1990 at 33. It was Navratilova's final Grand Slam Wimbledon singles title for a record-breaking ninth title over Zina Garrison. This won't be Serena's last, as she now becomes the No. 2 player in the world.
After winning so easily in the first set at 5-0, Serena started to lose concentration and Agnieszka Radwanska began playing better ending the first set at 6-1 on a good note by finally holding serve. Then came the rain and ground crews. Twenty minutes later the women's singles final was back on court again.
Starting the second set at 4-2, Radwanska came back mixing up pace, spin, and direction. Then the wind became a factor as well as nerves. Serena's high percentage serving waned and Agnieszka's picked up. With an opportunity to go to a second set tiebreaker on her serve, Serena was not able to deliver. Radwanska took the second set 7-5.
In the third set Serena started to come in more, finally listening to her father's advice, and took some pace off of her first serve to go for a higher percentage. Radwanska continued to find her game and the third set went back and forth. A key game was the third one where Agnieszka fought back several break points. Serena got her back to the wall and reeled off four aces, to get to 100 aces for the tournament.
Next Williams broke Radwanska to go up 3-2. Serena found her serve, power, and composure. She went up 4-2, and then broke again to serve for the match at 5-2. She ran to the Family Box to hug those who got her through it all.
With all the titles Serena has, 61 in total with 28 (probably 29) grand slam titles, this one is most special. Especially after stating in her post-match interview that she thought she would never play tennis again or even live.' Adding the women's doubles title with her sister will cap off one of her greatest wins after two unbelievable years.
Life has brought her as it has all of us hardships, each time Serena has fought and come back, as we all must do. However, she has done all that she has done on center stage. After her near death experience, this trophy will symbolize what faith, family, and hard work coupled with talent, athleticism, and drive make for a champion like Serena Williams. For a 30-year-old with over $36 million in earnings, who has been a pro for 17 seasons and became the No. 1 player for the first time in 2002 this shouldn't mean so much. It does, and she's back!