LONDON, Great Britain - Just hours after winning her seventh Wimbledon crown and a historic 22nd major title, Serena Williams was back on Centre Court to join Venus Williams in the final of Ladies Doubles. The sisters extended their doubles dominance and improved their record to 14-0 in Grand Slam finals by taking the title, powering past Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.
"It was really special to be out there again, to win Wimbledon in doubles. We love it, we love playing doubles, we love being together," Serena said after the match.
"I had just enough time to change and get the ankles re-taped. It was fine. I didn't want to warm down."
It had been four years since the Williams sisters featured in a major doubles final - their victory at the 2012 Wimbledon Ladies Doubles Championships was the last time they reached this stage. With today's victory they hold 14 Grand Slam titles together, putting them at second place on the list of most doubles titles in the Open Era. Only Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver have more, at 20 titles.
"Watching Serena playing earlier was amazing and I was so into that," Venus said of her younger sister's historic win earlier in the day.
"We had to hit the reset button to get ready for the doubles. She brought the energy from game one."
The sisters came out firing straight away against the No.5 seeds Babos and Shvedova. After trading breaks early on, the Williamses grabbed the decisive break at 4-3 after a vicious Venus crosscourt backhand split the court and left Babos and Shvedova stranded.
Despite firing off a double fault while serving for the match, Venus quickly redeemed herself on the next point as Serena picked off a backhand volley to seal the title.
The Williamses joined up again for doubles for the first time this year at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia with an eye on the Summer Games in Rio later in the season. After a pair of false starts - a first-round loss in Rome and an early exit at the French Open - they look to be peaking just in time for the Olympics, where they're seeking their fourth doubles gold medal.
? WTA (@WTA) July 9, 2016