|The destination of the men’s and women’s singles titles at the 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championships were decided at the weekend as Venus and Serena Williams met on Centre Court to contest Saturday’s Women’s Singles title, and the world’s top 2 men engaged in arguably the finest Men’s Singles Final of the modern era, if not ever.|
Saturday’s clash of the William’s Sisters saw Venus emerge triumphant against her sister for the first time in a Wimbledon Final at the third attempt, securing her fifth Wimbledon title after a 7-5 6-4 victory.
Venus, the older of the two, said: “At no point am I ever able to forget Serena, because I have the ultimate respect for her game and I have a lot of respect for her serve. If I was playing anyone else I wouldn't have to face what I had to face today, so it's impossible to forget.”
On Sunday, the much anticipated and predicted Men’s final between Raphael Nadal and Roger Federer lived up to the hype and more in what was widely accepted as one of the best games of tennis ever to have taken place on Centre Court. The previous two Men’s Finals at Wimbledon had seen Nadal pushing the seemingly unplayable Federer to the limit, and this continued as the Spaniard took the first two sets 6-4 6-4 but the defending champion took him to a tiebreak and won the next 7-6. He carried the momentum forward by winning the next tiebreak to make it 2-2; a level field again with two consecutive sets behind him, and a very real chance of eclipsing Bjorn Borg’s record of 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles, which he equalled last year.
Ultimately, Nadal’s immense power and inexhaustible supply of energy saw him edge the deciding set 9-7, having saved break point on his serve at 3-4.
There was a British presence at the final, however, but only in the form of sporadic rain that stopped play on several occasions.