WIMBLEDON – Five hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title, Serena Williams was back on Centre Court with her sister Venus to collect a doubles title. The Williams sisters defeated the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday night to take home their fifth Ladiesâ€™ doubles title and their first doubles title in two years.
â€œOh, wow, it’s amazing,â€ said Venus Williams.Â â€œI was definitely inspired by Serena’s single’s performance.Â Obviously it’s wonderful to play on the court with her.Â I couldn’t have done it without her, so it’s great.â€
What the secret to never losing a doubles final together? â€œSerena and I both put so much pressure on our opponents with our serves, said Venus. â€œAnd our returns are also, you know, very good.
â€œI think maybe that has something to do with it.â€
â€œIt’s definitely more fun (than singles),â€ said Serena about playing with her sister. Â â€œAt the same time, the last thing I want to do is let Venus down.Â In singles it’s okay if I let myself down, but I don’t want to let her down.
â€œSometimes it’s almost a little bit tougher because you put so much pressure on yourself, so…â€
Both women have been battling illness over the past year â€“ Serena recovering from an embolism since last year and Venus coping with an auto-immune disorder.
â€œShe hasn’t had an easy road,â€ Venus commenting on Serenaâ€™s comeback and watching her play in the final.Â â€œYou know, things have happened in her life that you can’t predict or control, so it’s hard to be in that situation.Â You know, things happen, that you didn’t deserve.
â€œFor her to fight through that and come back and be a champion, and not only that, but to have made the finals of the US Open, reached the top five, all these achievements that she’s done, you know, I don’t think anyone else can do is just amazing.
â€œIt was definitely emotional.Â I was so nervous.Â I felt like I was trying to play the match, too.Â I couldn’t.Â You never miss in the stands.
â€œBut she played amazing.â€
â€œShe’s such a fighter, you never say die.Â I think positivity really brought her a long way in that.Â I don’t think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything.Â Nothing has defeated us yet, so we’re going to keep that track record.
â€œFor me it’s been definitely a journey.Â I’m sure it still will be.Â But I’m definitely very inspired by her and everything that she’s done.Â Like I said, we’re not into the whole getting defeated thing; we’re into the conquering thing.
â€œFor me, I want to try to do the same thing she’s done.â€