Barely five hours had passed since Serena Williams won her fifth singles title at Wimbledon before she was back at centre court of the All England Club with her older sister Venus Williams for the doubles final against the Czech Republic pair of Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova and in match that finished just 15 minutes before the clock struck 11pm local time, the Williams sisters were celebrating their 5th double title at Wimbledon.
Having fought injury and illness over the last couple of years, many people doubted whether either of the pair would ever be able to make a comeback to tennis and dominate the game as they used to in their glory days of the early 2000s, but the way the sisters played would be a cause for concern for their opponents ahead of the Olympic Games of 2012 as well as the US Open which takes place in September.
This was the first time that the Williams sisters paired up for a doubles tournament in two years, and they were instantly named as the favouites on the tennis bets website. Their stroke play and partnership made it hard for anyone to fathom that they haven’t had a single training session together prior to the tournament.
Venus Williams was the surprise package of the match, with everyone expecting the 32 year old to struggle from fatigue, having suffered from an illness that drained all her energy. But the older sister packed quite a punch and her powerful serves were a treat to watch for all the fans present on court.
Serena did her fair bit in the match but it was her sister Venus Williams who served out the match, winning 7-5, 6-4 and adding a much needed boost to her confidence ahead of the rest of the calendar events of the WTA Tour as well as the Olympic Games in London.
The Williams are now back on top form, and have to be worth a bet on US Open 2012 – both in the singles and the doubles.