No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska gave No. 6 Serena Williams a remarkably tough match. Though it was a valiant effort, it was not enough to stop Williams from winning her fifth Wimbledon title.
More than anything, the competitive 2012 Wimbledon final left fans with countless memorable moments.
At first it seemed as though Williams was going to cruise to victory. Williams gave Radwanska no room to breathe in the 6-1 first-set win with her aggressive serve game and accurate winners. However, Radwanska responded with top-notch tennis and took the second set 7-5. She eventually lost the match to Williams after dropping the final set 6-2.
During this back-and-forth struggle, these were the three most telling moments of the women's final at Wimbledon.
The One Win for Radwanska in Set 1
Radwanska was able to put up a point on the board just before the end of the first set. She was well on her way to losing the first set in bagel fashion.
Although Radwanska lost the set 6-1, the one game played a major factor in the second set. Following the rain delay, Radwanska came into the set with a much more confident forehand and overall game.
The momentum helped her to win the second set.
Radwanska's Three-Game Streak in Set 2, Missed Call
Radwanska was down 2-4 in the second set and it seemed as if Williams was going to cruise to a straight-set win.
Yet it was Radwanska's intelligent ball placement and strong games on serve that got her right back into the match. She held serve to go down one game, 4-3.
Radwanska followed this with a break in the eighth game of the set. However, during the game Williams nailed Radwanska with a beautiful serve that was incorrectly called out. The ball was actually well in play. Despite turning the call around with a challenge, it was clear Williams was rattled.
This was followed by a Radwanska comeback in the ninth game from down 0-30. She charged back to hold for a 5-4 lead. Williams was ready to break Radwanska and find herself a game away from a title before the young talent found a late answer.
That was the outright turning point for the Polish talent and the moment when this match became competitive. Radwanska went on to win the second set 7-5.
Serena's Convincing Service Game
Radwanska had developed a special momentum that helped her compete in several of Williams' service games. But there was one game in particular in which Williams completely turned the match around.
After Radwanska took a 2-1 lead in the third set Williams won five games in a row to close out the match. The first of the five games was the turning point in the match because of just how dominant Williams' serve was. She won the game with four jaw-dropping aces that sucked every bit of momentum from her opponent.
They were four of the 102 aces Serena Williams posted at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. The total was the most of recorded by any player in the history of the women's draw at Wimbledon.
It was her serve that got her to the final match and fittingly it was her serve that lifted her to a title. Radwanska put forth a fine effort but not enough to top the strongest talent in the game.