Skip to main content


Source: Wimbledon.org
Saturday, July 2, 2005

Venus Williams captured her third Wimbledon title in the space of six years in a final of high drama and record length when she outlasted Lindsay Davenport 4-6, 7-6, 9-7.

At 2 hours 45 minutes the match exceeded the previous mark for a women's final. In 1970, Margaret Court and Billie Jean King battled for 2 hours 28 minutes before Court won, 14-12, 11-9.

This was the 27th match between these two, and it turned out to be easily the most dramatic, with Davenport missing a match point at 5-4 in the third set, then needing to go off court for treatment to a back injury. Twice more she came within two points of what would have been her second Wimbledon win, before her spirit and her legs gave out against an opponent who simply refused to recognise the possibility of defeat.

As Davenport's weakly-struck forehand plopped into the net, Williams shrieked and leapt high into the air, a process she repeated after receiving the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent.

As 14th seed, Williams is the lowest-seeded player in the Open era to win Wimbledon, a victory which sits well with her triumphs of 2000 and 2001. In the following two years she was runner-up to her younger sister Serena but a persistent stomach strain and consequent lack of form had pulled her down the rankings.

Under grey skies the match got underway an hour later than scheduled, because of the delayed men's semi-final between Andy Roddick and Thomas Johansson. The delay seemed to cast a cloud over the play, too. Perhaps it was because they have played each other so many times before, but their was little spark in the opening set. Davenport twice broke a listless Williams to lead 5-2 before Venus pulled herself together, won nine points in a row and threatened to make a fight of the set after all.

Davenport fought off the counter-attack to close out the first set in 33 minutes, but this was merely an overture to an afternoon of the highest drama. Williams held, and missed, a break point at 5-4 in the second set. Davenport promptly served for that set at 6-5, only to be broken comprehensively without collecting a single point. A resurgent Williams then ran up a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak before winning it 7-4 to set the scene for the final, gripping set.

The balance tipped Davenport's way when she broke for a 4-2 lead, as the crowd buzzed in expectation of Lindsay going on to win. However, she was clearly in some physical distress and after being broken for 3-4, Davenport left the court for treatment to a back injury.

Though visibly in pain, Davenport held serve on her return and in the next game stood at match point after Williams perpetrated her ninth double-fault, a weak error which also betrayed her nerves. But a thumping backhand got her out of trouble, at least temporarily. Twice more Davenport held serve to stay in front, twice Williams skated perilously close to disaster, two points from defeat in two successive service games.

But the outcome was predictable as Davenport, exhausted and ailing, finally dropped her serve to fall 7-8 behind. This time there was no mistake from Williams, and she was even able to afford the luxury of a 10th double-fault on her way to a stunning victory.

Written by Ronald Atkin

--------------------- Live - Learn - Love...

Original Post

Replies sorted oldest to newest

Venus Overjoyed By Title Win
Saturday, 2 July, 2005


There are few times in life when any of us knows perfect happiness. Venus Williams had a taste of it today in winning her third Wimbledon, and more than two hours later she could barely find the words to express her joy.

"I'm so excited and so elated," she smiled. "I always felt like a champion in my heart because every single time I walked out on the court I gave my best. But right now I feel great and I feel like I want to do a lot more.

"It was a tough match for sure, going down two breaks in the first set and more in the second. I kept trying to hang in there. I didn't want it to be over in an hour. I tried to keep my feet moving and keep my energy up, and be as positive as I could. I didn't feel I was able to play my best, or get to that form I was in during the semis or quarter-finals. I just had to work with what I had today. I didn't think about winning until I was up 30-0 at 8-7 in the third. I spent so much time behind that I think the only time I was in front was when I won the match.

"Lindsay was playing really well, and at 6-all in the second I started to find some better parts of my game. Finally I was able to make it happen. I was really trying not to think about winning or losing, focusing on trying to do the right thing, playing a good match. I was trying not to think too much at all - that's a problem for me sometimes. It's about stepping up on the big points. It makes it tougher for your opponent to know you will play so well when it really counts. Match point against me was a tough moment.

"When I won, I jumped up and down so much because I was so excited. I can't help myself - I just show it all. I could have kept jumping a lot longer. But I want to say that if it wasn't me playing out there, and it wasn't Serena, then I would definitely have been rooting for Lindsay to win this final."

Venus credited her endless competitive resourcefulness during the match to her younger sister.

"I get my strength from Serena," she explained. "I've tried to fight like her as long as I've been playing tennis. She's such a fighter. I saw her play Lindsay a long time ago and she was so far behind in that match but kept fighting, and she won. So I just tried to stay in it. She's already sent me a text message but I haven't had time to speak to her on the telephone yet.

"Yes, I knew it was my destiny to win again. The difference is that last time I won here I knew I was going to win. This time I didn't think about winning or losing until the very end of the match."

But for all her excitement and joy, at the age of 25 ,Venus has her achievement well in perspective. "Of course this has special meaning for me," she said happily. "I was the 14th seed. I wasn't supposed to win. But tennis shouldn't be the main thing in any player's life. There are so many more things that are more important - family, your beliefs, being a good person. I was listening to Billie-Jean King talking on TV when it rained the other day. She was talking about enjoying the moment and I tried to do that.

"Compete your best but have fun with it to if you can. Tennis is all-consuming but I have to realise that this is just one part of my life and I will move on from it one day, so I mustn't win or die with each win or loss. That's what my dad always taught me."

Written by Kate Battersby
quote:
Originally posted by DivineJoy:
Venus Overjoyed By Title Win
Saturday, 2 July, 2005


There are few times in life when any of us knows perfect happiness. Venus Williams had a taste of it today in winning her third Wimbledon, and more than two hours later she could barely find the words to express her joy.

"I'm so excited and so elated," she smiled. "I always felt like a champion in my heart because every single time I walked out on the court I gave my best. But right now I feel great and I feel like I want to do a lot more.

"It was a tough match for sure, going down two breaks in the first set and more in the second. I kept trying to hang in there. I didn't want it to be over in an hour. I tried to keep my feet moving and keep my energy up, and be as positive as I could. I didn't feel I was able to play my best, or get to that form I was in during the semis or quarter-finals. I just had to work with what I had today. I didn't think about winning until I was up 30-0 at 8-7 in the third. I spent so much time behind that I think the only time I was in front was when I won the match.

"Lindsay was playing really well, and at 6-all in the second I started to find some better parts of my game. Finally I was able to make it happen. I was really trying not to think about winning or losing, focusing on trying to do the right thing, playing a good match. I was trying not to think too much at all - that's a problem for me sometimes. It's about stepping up on the big points. It makes it tougher for your opponent to know you will play so well when it really counts. Match point against me was a tough moment.

"When I won, I jumped up and down so much because I was so excited. I can't help myself - I just show it all. I could have kept jumping a lot longer. But I want to say that if it wasn't me playing out there, and it wasn't Serena, then I would definitely have been rooting for Lindsay to win this final."

Venus credited her endless competitive resourcefulness during the match to her younger sister.

"I get my strength from Serena," she explained. "I've tried to fight like her as long as I've been playing tennis. She's such a fighter. I saw her play Lindsay a long time ago and she was so far behind in that match but kept fighting, and she won. So I just tried to stay in it. She's already sent me a text message but I haven't had time to speak to her on the telephone yet.

"Yes, I knew it was my destiny to win again. The difference is that last time I won here I knew I was going to win. This time I didn't think about winning or losing until the very end of the match."

But for all her excitement and joy, at the age of 25 ,Venus has her achievement well in perspective. "Of course this has special meaning for me," she said happily. "I was the 14th seed. I wasn't supposed to win. But tennis shouldn't be the main thing in any player's life. There are so many more things that are more important - family, your beliefs, being a good person. I was listening to Billie-Jean King talking on TV when it rained the other day. She was talking about enjoying the moment and I tried to do that.

"Compete your best but have fun with it to if you can. Tennis is all-consuming but I have to realise that this is just one part of my life and I will move on from it one day, so I mustn't win or die with each win or loss. That's what my dad always taught me."

Written by Kate Battersby


It was an awesome victory! I am happy for her!

Add Reply

Post
×
×
×
×
Link copied to your clipboard.
×