Williamses Double Up
Published July 04, 2009 08:53
LONDON, UK - Just a few hours after squaring off in the singles final of The Championships, the Williams sisters took Centre Court again on the same side of the net and won their ninth Grand Slam doubles title with win a 76(4) 64 over Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs of Australia.
Seeded No.4 but the odds-on favorites in the eyes of many, the Williams sisters had a slow start against the No.3-seeded Australians, with Serena losing her serve en route to a 4-2 deficit in the first set; but they didn't give up on the set, coming back to take it in a tie-break, and would complete the win in two sets.
"One out of two isn't bad," said Venus, who lost the singles final to Serena earlier in the day. "You definitely have to be focused and continue, because there's still a championship match to play. I wanted my name on the trophy. I mean, I really wanted to win the singles, but they're two separate events. If I won the singles and not the doubles it's still not the same. I tried really hard in both."
"I'm really excited to have doubles titles. I rack 'em up," Serena said. "Doubles really counts. You can see it out there. The team we played gave it their all, and we gave it our all. We wanted to win. It feels great to win the doubles. You can go home with two titles. And there's nothing like winning a title with your sister."
The Williams sisters had won eight Grand Slam titles together already, three at the Australian Open (2001, 2003, 2009), one at the French Open (1999), three at Wimbledon (2000, 2002, 2008) and one at the US Open (1999). They have never lost a Grand Slam doubles final, and are now 9-0 in eight finals.
Stosur and Stubbs may still be looking for their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together since joining up at the start of the year, but they have certainly come into their own on grass, reaching back-to-back finals at Eastbourne (falling to Akgul Amanmuradova and Ai Sugiyama) and here at Wimbledon. Stubbs has four Grand Slam doubles titles to her name (three with Lisa Raymond, one with Cara Black) while Stosur has two (both with Raymond).