Wimbledon's Other Final a Classic, as Well

Williams sisters' match marked new era in their careers
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 8:23 AM CDT
Venus Williams of the US in action in the women's singles final against her sister Serena on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Saturday, July 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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(Newser) – Wimbledon's men final was one of the greatest tennis matches in history. But for William C. Rhoden, Nadal's victory over Federer overshadowed the importance of the match from the day before, when Venus and Serena Williams played one of their most exciting games. For the New York Times columnist, this year's Wimbledon final marked the day when "a sisterly competition became a rivalry."

Both sisters knew that their Wimbledon final was an exceptional match; at one point, Venus took a pause to tell herself, "Wow this is some serious power tennis." Yet for all their competitiveness, the two teamed up to win the women's doubles tournament just hours later. Overshadowed in a world that undervalues female athletes, the Williams sisters proved once again that "theirs is one of the most phenomenal sports stories of our generation."