The 2010 Wimbledon women’s singles final was played today at 2pm local time in London in the United Kingdom between No.1 seed Serena Williams and No.21 seed Vera Zvonareva.
The 24 year old Russian Zvonareva was playing in her 1st Grand Slam singles final and for the eighth time against the World No.1. The 1.73m Zvonareva played equally well with the defending champion until Serena hit a huge forehand passing shot down the line on the full run to break serve to go up 5-3 in the 1st set. Then served out the 1st set to claim her 13th straight set in the Championships.
The 28 year old Serena moved to 6-2 against Zvonareva in their head to head battles by winning the most important match they have played against each other. The 1.75m American won 6-3 6-2 in 1 hour and 7 minutes to maintain her record of not losing a single set on her way to claiming her 13th Grand Slam singles title. Serena attacked by going to the net more often than her opponent and winning 100% of the points when she did.
Serena broke her opponent’s serve in the very 1st game of the 2nd set and after a double fault by her opponent, broke serve again to move ahead by 4 games to 1. Zvonareva was unable to work out how to neutralise and consistently return the powerful serve of her opponent, who held serve each of the 9 games that she served. Serena served 9 aces and won 31 of the 33 points she played when her 1st serve went in. Unfortunately for Zvonareva, Serena served 62% of her 1st serves in for the match.
Serena Williams is pictured above after making contact with the ball with her forehand drive for this short ball during Wimbledon this year. The Wimbledon Ladies singles trophy that she won for a fourth time is called the Venus Rosewater Dish. Serena won 1 million pounds sterling, earned 2,000 WTA ranking points and won her 4th Wimbledon singles title. For Serena it was the 2nd time in her career that she won back to back Wimbledon titles (2009-2010), the previous time was in 2002 and 2003.
Zvonareva won 500,000 pounds sterling, earned 1,400 WTA ranking points and gained a lot of respect for performing so well under pressure in order to achieve her career best result in a Grand Slam tournament.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Wimbledon singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the Schedules of Play -> Wimbledon 2010: June 14-July 4.
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