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Serena claims 4th Wimbledon crown

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 07:12 AM
WIMBLEDON, England -

For the ninth time in 11 years, the name "Williams" was etched on the green board inside the All England Club that lists the champions of the world's most famous tennis tournament.

Serena Williams pointed gleefully as her name was unveiled Saturday next to the year 2010 - her fourth title at Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam championship.

She counted the names: Serena, four times; sister Venus, five.

Serena extended the family dominance by overpowering 21st-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in a one-sided final that lasted just 67 minutes and showed why Williams is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Williams, who improved her record to 13-3 in Grand Slam finals, added to the Wimbledon titles she won in 2002, 2003 and 2009. However, this was the first time she defeated someone other than Venus in the final.

Venus, who beat Serena in 2008, was upset in the quarterfinals this week, preventing a fifth all-sister final.

"I'm just glad that I was able to win, especially (after) Venus lost," Serena said. "I really wanted a Williams sister to go ahead and win it.

"Eleven years consistent is really cool."

That's something the sisters won't be able to ignore back home in Florida.

"Now everywhere we look there's another Wimbledon trophy," Williams said.

Then she rolled her eyes and added with a smile, "Not another one of those again."

After converting an overhead smash to finish the match, Williams tossed her racket away, bent backward, looked to the sky, shook her fists and screamed. She looked over at her family and friends in the guest box and flashed her fingers to indicate No. 13.

"I thought, 'I hope I get the number right,'" she said. "You know me, I tend to forget."

Williams served nine aces, broke three times and never faced a break point in nine service games. She finished the tournament without dropping a set.

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

Williams won 31 of 33 points when her first serve was good. She hit her fastest serve - 122 mph - for an ace in the final game.

Williams, who has won five of the past eight major tournaments, moved ahead of Billie Jean King into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time list of women's Grand Slam champions with 13, the most of any active women's player. Williams also has five Australian Open titles, three U.S. Open wins and one at the French Open.

After accepting the Venus Rosewater Dish from the Duke of Kent with a curtsy, Williams turned to King, who was sitting in the Royal Box.

"Hey, Billie - I got you," she said. "This is No. 13 for me now. It's just amazing to able to be among such great people."

King grinned and applauded.

"That's actually my lucky number," Williams said of 13.

Margaret Smith Court leads the Grand Slam list with 24 titles, followed by Steffi Graf with 22.

Williams said she wasn't thinking about catching the greats ahead of her or establishing her place in history.

"I'm happy to win 13," she said. "You never know what tomorrow brings. I'm happy to have gotten this far.

"Who would have thought? It just takes a dream and a little work effort. ... I'm just trying to be Serena, that's all that I can be."

But King has no doubt how far Williams can go.

"She can be the greatest ever if she keeps going," King said.

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