Serena Williams is back.
After a two-year drought in Grand Slam tournaments, Williams claimed her fifth Wimbledon title on Saturday by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. It was her 14th career Grand Slam singles title, and it may have been the most satisfying of them all.
After two years of health issues and uncharacteristic performances, the 30-year-old Williams looks as good as ever.
She started and finished strong against Radwanska, winning the first five games and the last five games. In between she was a bit shaky, but she was able to recover before it was too late.
You can watch the championship point and Serena's celebration below.
Once again, it was Serena's powerful serve that carried her to victory.
She smashed 17 aces in the match, including four in the pivotal fourth game of the third set. After blasting aces of 114 MPH, 107 MPH, 115 MPH and 111 MPH, Serena won the game, tying the third set at two. She went on to win the next four, effectively closing out the match.
That one game was symbolic of Serena's entire tournament, as her serve was the most dangerous weapon possessed by any player, male or female. Her 102 aces were a Wimbledon record, surpassing the previous record of 89, which she also set.
In comparison, Radwanksa had just 16 aces in the entire tournament, and as the folks at Sports Illustrated pointed out, Serena's number dwarfs those of the top men's players.
With the win, Serena tied her sister Venus with five Wimbledon titles apiece. The two also went on to win the doubles title on Saturday, prompting Howard Bryant of ESPN to call them the best sibling athletes in American history.
This bears repeating: Venus+Serena: 21 singles, 12 doubles, 2 mixed Grand Slam titles and 3 gold medals. Greatest US athlete siblings ever.— Howard Bryant (@hbryant42) July 7, 2012
I'm inclined to agree with Bryant, as the sisters' dominance is truly unprecedented. Considering that the two learned how to play the game on the public courts of Compton, California, their story is even more remarkable.
While they have both been counted out numerous times, Serena emphatically proved that she has plenty of great tennis ahead of her.
She will move to No. 4 in the world rankings with this win, and if she keeps playing like she did during the past two weeks, the top spot will be her's in no time.