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Bite-sized highlights from Day 12

by Courtney Nguyen
Saturday 7 July 2012

Stop, drop, and roll: After all the talk of aces and power, it turned out Serena Williams' touch would be the difference. She knew that if she could just secure one more break in the third set of her final showdown with Agnieszka Radwanska, the title was hers. So what does she do on break point at 4-2? She hits a feather-light drop shot that leaves Radwanska frozen on the baseline. That will be the shot she'll remember from the Championships, she told reporters afterwards. And what a shot it was.

One ghost down, one to go: Jonathan Marray became the first British man to win a men's doubles title at Wimbledon since 1936. But the story gets even better. Playing in their first tour-level tournament together, Marray and partner Frederik Nielsen stormed through the draw as wildcards to defeat the seasoned team of Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt.

Emotional Aga: Agnieszka Radwanska is not one to make a fuss. Win or lose, her face remains unchanged and that cool countenance is what has allowed her to stand toe-to-toe with some of the biggest hitters of the game -- as she did today after pushing Serena Williams to a third set -- with a steely resolve. But finally, after what was best two weeks of her tennis life, Radwanska finally let down her guard. Her voice trembled as she was interviewed by Sue Barker on Centre Court and she fought to hold back tears. It's those displays of emotion that humanises players and it was nice to see.

Canadian triumph: Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian to ever win a junior Slam title, beating at Wimbledon Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-2 in an hour. Could the Canadians sweep the junior titles? Genie's countryman (countryboy?) Filip Peliwo will play in the boys final on Sunday.

Five, Five, and Five: Serena and Venus Williams captured yet another Wimbledon doubles title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. That win rounds out their Wimbledon title count nicely: Venus has five singles titles, Serena now has five singles titles, and the pair of them now have five doubles titles. The Williams and Wimbledon are like strawberries and cream.

Stat of the day:


Aces Serena Williams fired down during the Championships. In fact, that's the most aces anyone, man or woman, has served through the fortnight, and it's a number that will likely hold. Neither Roger Federer or Andy Murray have served over 75 aces heading into the men's final.

He said:

I don't think particularly because of my family history. It means more because it's Wimbledon. Maybe because of my family history I have a different relationship with Wimbledon. That's possible. But I don't think the fact that my granddad used to do well is going to make it even more special. I think the fact that it is just Wimbledon, it carries its name by itself pretty well. I'm pretty sure that the fact that it's just Wimbledon is enough for me.

2012 Gentlemen's doubles champion Frederik Nielsen, who became the first Danish man to make a Slam final since his grandfather, Kurt Nielsen, made the U.S. Open mixed doubles final in 1957.

She said:

I think when you go through a lot of tough things you just kind of let down your guard a little bit and just be yourself. I love being me. I'm a normal person. I like it when people get to see that side of me. I'm always crying in movies. I was actually crying the other day watching Desperate Housewives. So maybe I should stop (smiling).

2012 Ladies Singles champion, Serena Williams, on becoming more emotionally vulnerable since coming back from illness.

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