Serena Crushes Zvonareva, Wins 4th Wimbledon Title

Serena Crushes Zvonareva, Wins 4th Wimbledon Title
Defending champion Serena Williams won her fourth women's singles title at Wimbledon today with a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva in a lopsided final.

Williams displayed all her trademark power and poise to overwhelm Zvonareva on Centre Court and clinch the 13th Grand Slam crown of her career.

The 28-year-old's triumph means the Venus Rosewater Dish awarded to the women's champion was held aloft by a Williams for the ninth time in 11 years, sister Venus accounting for the others.

Serena, who pocketed USD 1.5 million in prize money, has been by far the most impressive performer in the women's event this year and moves up to sixth on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners, ahead of American compatriot Billie Jean King.

Not one of Serena's seven opponents here ever seriously threatened to upset her and it would be no surprise if the world number one was back to collect another title in 12 months time.

"I just feel like at Wimbledon, whenever I come on this grass and play on this amazing court I start serving well. Everyone's dreams can come true if you keep believing," said Serena.

Although Zvonareva was unable to make any impact in her first Grand Slam final, the Russian can at least take consolation from seeing her ranking rise into the top 10 in the world.

Zvonareva added, "I'm a little bit disappointed at the moment, maybe I was not able to show my best but I think Serena just didn't allow me to do that.

"Congratulations to her. She was just playing really well and deserved to win. She is a great champion."

Zvonareva had knocked out three seeds on her way to the final, with fourth seed Jelana Jankovic and US Open champion Kim Clijsters among her scalps.

Taking on Serena in a final was another matter entirely though.

Serena's three previous titles here were all clinched with final victories over Venus, but her sister had suffered a quarter-final exit against Tsvetana Pironkova this year.
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