by Ashish Magotra Jul 7, 2012 21:17 IST
21:07 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Serena Williams is your 2012 Wimbledon ladies champ... a decade after her first title at SW19. She really made it look easy, Radwanska tried to fight but this match was all about Serena -- just too good. This is her fifth Wimbledon title -- the same number as Venus. Last 30 year old to win Wimbledon was Martina Navratilova in 1990. Now Serena -- 22 years later. It's been a while...
Radwanska: "I think I have the best two weeks of my life. I'm just happy to have been here in the final."
Serena, who was also very emotional during the prize ceremony: "OMG I can't even describe. I almost didn't make it a few years ago I was in hospital & now I'm here again. So worth it."
Serena on equaling Venus' 5 #Wimbledon titles: "I've always wanted everything Venus had."
Serena on 30 being the new 20: "I've been saying all week mentally I'm 12 or 13 so that helps."
21:02 6-1, 5-7, 5-2
Another break. Serena to serve for the match and the championship next. She built up a 0-40 lead and then watched Radwanska fight back. But she's got her head back in the match. Well, she's just too good now.
20:57 6-1, 5-7, 4-2
Good serving once again by Serena to reach 40-0. And if you get that kind of score, most times you will win the game. The pressure will be on Radwanska's serve now. Expect Serena to open up her shoulders now and go for broke.
20:53 6-1, 5-7, 3-2
And just like that she is back to being great. Radwanska didn't quite know how to handle her there. Good, powerful groundstrokes off the backhand and the forehand. Major break but can she consolidate?
20:46 6-1, 5-7, 2-2
Four aces. Bam. That's the game. How can Serena do that? How! How! How! Serena now has 100 aces in the tournament -- a Wimbledon record for the ladies. The game lasted just 46 seconds.
20:46 6-1, 5-7, 1-2
Radwanska holds. Serena makes more mistakes. Not the best tennis on display. It's been a final of errors. Great tennis hasn't figured nearly as much as we would have liked it to.
20:40 6-1, 5-7, 1-1
Serena holds. When she gets her first serve in, it seems like a different match. It allows her to control the points easily. Right now, it's a Serena vs Serena battle... can she beat herself to win this?
20:34 6-1, 5-7, 0-1
Brave hold by Radwanska. She was in some trouble there but she seems to have figured out how to hold her service games against Serena. Earlier in the match, almost every service game used to go into deuce but now Radwanska's first serve percentage is climbing and that's helping her. As is Serena's fragile mental state.
20:29 6-1, 5-7
Serena was up 6-1, 4-2 and then it all came apart. Her first serve percentage dropped, the unforced errors count went up -- 18, and Radwanska started played well. But this is still the same match. Serena just played badly. One set all. It's back to square one. And also this is the first three set women's final at Wimbledon since Mauresmo bt Henin in 2006. Imagine that.
20:25 6-1, 5-6
Radwanska holds on with another Serena unforced error aiding her cause. This is a good fightback -- she is keeping the ball in play and extending the rallies as much as possible. Serena has responded by going for winners and she is missing quite a few of them.
20:23 6-1, 5-5
Serena holds at 15 but it was not an easy game. There were rallies and Serena had to fight for those points. Not like the first set when Serena was winning her games without breaking a sweat. The American was screaming and grunting her way to points. She is nervous, she is.
20:19 6-1, 4-5
Serena's errors are piling up and they have allowed Radwanska to work her way back into the match. The Pole leads 5-4 in the second set. The crowd is cheering for the Pole like crazy. And to add to that, Radwanska is winning the rallies now.
20:15 6-1, 4-4
Radwanska breaks Serena out of the blue. Best game of the match. Well fought. Fist pumps from both players -- shows both players could feel the rising intensity of the match. The crowd was into it as well. Considering what the tickets for the final cost, the crowd sure want their money's worth. The battle has been joined folks. It just might become more fun now.
20:06 6-1, 4-3
Radwanska wins another service game. She is starting to come up to the net and is hitting a few deep groundstrokes that had Serena scampering to get them back. The final needs a lot more of that.
@TennisReporters Serena 26 winners, 16 unforced, Aga 7 winners, 6 unforced, a +10 vs + 1. Also Serena's won 18 of 22 1st serves (82%) Aga 17 of 32 (53%)
20:02 6-1, 4-2
That was a good game for Radwanska. She was up 0-30 and forced Serena to hit a tough angled cross-court backhand to win a point. The Pole is starting to make Serena hit a few extra balls but she needed to do that from the start. Still Serena's serve stands the test -- it helps her in the tough moments and she won the game with an ace. Just 59 minutes into the match.
19:58 6-1, 3-2
Radwanska holds on. But breaking Serena is an altogether different challenge. How does she do that? She will need to dominate the rallies and that's easier said than done.
@gregcouch They paid for the court for the whole hour, so I wonder if Serena and Radwanska will stay out after the match and hit for a few minutes
19:54 6-1, 3-1
More of the same. Serena continues to dominate and we continue to say: being on the gentlemen's final. Federer vs Murray promises more. So much more.
19:50 6-1, 2-1
Serena breaks Radwanska and makes it look easy. Looks like this is one match that won't test her fitness levels. This doesn't feel like the final. Sad but true.
19:46 6-1, 1-1
But Serena has no problems holding her serve. Still no strong. Honestly, it seems like Radwanska needs a miracle already.
19:39 6-1, 0-1
Radwanska gets her easiest hold of the match. Serena looked like she needed to recaliberate all over again -- quite a few wild shots from her.
Players coming back on to the court. Hope the break has helped Radwanska regroup. Serena meanwhile will hope that she can maintain her earlier intensity.
And it's raining. The covers are on and the players get a break. And now for the forty minutes that it takes to get the roof on. If they trust the weather forecasts so much, why don't they just close the roof early?
First set is over. Serena is motoring ahead with such ease that it's almost scary. Radwanska was starting to get into the game by the end of the first set but it
Yes. Radwanska wins her first game of the match with an ace. It took her 33 minutes but she's finally on board. She will need to push forward now and try and get at least one of the breaks back to get some rhythm going before the second set.
Wow. Is Radwanska even going to win a game today? This is a hammering... it really is. And this is the final too... it really is. Sigh. This might have something to do with Radwanska's respiratory illness -- against Serena she would need to be at her absolute best.
We feel like cheering for the underdog... So come on Radwanska... Give us a good game!! Serena broke her again, lead 4-0 after 22 mins. And it's looking pretty grim at the moment. We don't want this to end 6-0, 6-0. So Come on... as Hewitt would say.
Radwanska has been focussing on Serena's forehand but she will need to do more than that. In the lead up to the final, Serena hammered 85 aces -- breaking her serve will be the Pole's biggest problem. For now, Serena is cruising. She could even break into a song if she so wishes.
Tough fight for Radwanska in her first service game. Her service isn't the strongest and she will need to direct it well. The only really advantage Radwanska will have is her movement around the court. But if Serena gets off to a good start -- as she has -- this match will be over quickly.
Serena wins the first game in a canter. Radwanska seems nervous and Serena will not overlook that. She won the game with her first ace of the match. In her previous two matches, Serena has hammered more than 20 aces.
After watching the men's semi-finals, one really hopes that the ladies final keeps the momentum going. For one, the stakes are pretty high. Serena can equal her sister's record of five Wimbledon titles today, while a victory for Radwanska would make her the first Pole to reach the world number one spot.
The rain gods have relented and it looks like we will have an outdoor final after all. Serena starts as a clear favourite especially since Radwanska seems to be suffering from a respiratory illness. The champion will receive 1,150,000 pounds and that should be enough to get her going hopefully.
Serena, the sixth seed, is the power player and her serve has been devastating throughout the tournament. Radwanska, the third seed, is the smart player but she will need to hope that her American opponent makes a lot of unforced errors.
'I'm so happy to be playing. I'm so happy to be on the court. I feel like this is where I belong. I mean, maybe I don't belong in a relationship. Maybe I don't belong somewhere else. But I know for a fact I do belong on this tennis court. - Serena
I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can - Radwanska
- These two women have played each other only twice before, in Berlin in 2008 and Wimbledon the same year - Williams won both matches in straight sets.
- This is Williams's 18th Grand Slam final and she's won 13 of them.
- Only four women have reached more Grand Slam singles finals than Williams - Chris Evert (34), Martina Navratilova (32), Steffi Graf (31) and Evonne Goolagong Cawley (18).
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