07/05/2008 at 01:00 PM EDT
It was every Williams for themself
Venus Williams finally got the upper hand over younger sister Serena, defeating her in two sets – 7-5, 6-4, to win her fifth Wimbledon singles crown.
Saturday’s championship battle marked the seventh time the sisters had opposed one another in a Grand Slam final, with Serena, 26, winning the last five of those matches.
After sealing the victory, Venus, 28, hugged her sister at the net and later credited her as a tough competitor. “She played so awesome so it was really a task," said the now seven-time Grand Slam champion of Serena, as reported by the BBC
As for her win on one of the sport’s toughest – and most prestigious – venues, the lawns of the All England Club, Venus said: “To know every time I come back, I have the chance to make history... I love this place.”
Despite losing, Serena called the day one of celebration for her family. “I've been working really hard and I'm so happy at least one of us was able to win,” she said.
Venus needs one more Wimbledon singles title to match Billie Jean King's record of six, behind only Steffi Graf (seven) and Martina Navratilova (nine).
As if one Wimbledon trophy for the family wasn't enough for the day, Venus and Serena met up again – this time on the same side of the net – to claim the tournament's women's doubles championship title.