Venus Ascends at Wimbledon

Williams roars to 4th title from low seed and lower ranking
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2007 2:25 PM CDT
Venus Williams reacts as she defeats France's Marion Bartoli, in the Women's Singles final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Saturday July 7, 2007 to win the 2007 championship. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Venus Williams joined a couple of exclusive clubs when she won her fourth Wimbledon title today, becoming the lowest-ranked player to capture the crown and just the fourth woman to do so four times. The 23 seed's 6-4, 6-1 victory over 18th-seeded Marion Bartoli was technically an upset, and the excitement left Williams giggling as she embraced her trophy.

"It has been a long road back," said Williams, who's battled injuries for the better part of the 2 years since she last won Wimbledon. The journey through the tournament draw was perilous as well, especially with historically bad weather causing delays and postponements. Today, though, the sun—and Venus—finally broke through.