It looked for all the world like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal were on their way to winning Wimbledon this year. Yet Serena was ultimately denied by the woman she trusts most to keep her safe, while Nadal's dreams are currently on hold due to a second rain delay.
Serena started off strong in the first all-Williams Grand Slam final since 2003, but soon Venus began to match Serena shot-per-shot from the baseline while becoming increasingly aggressive, moving through the court to take the net and serving harder and bigger than her sister when it counted. Venus would soon prevail, 7-5, 6-4, to take her 5th Wimbledon title and solidify her status as the best grass court player of her generation. Venus Williams' name now belongs in the company of legends like Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.
Nadal, too, started off strongly in taking a two-sets-to-love lead against Roger Federer, who is defending champion five times over. But - like Venus - Federer is most comfortable at Centre Court Wimbledon and he has thus far refused to give away his crown. Federer has evened the match, staving off two match points for Nadal in the process. Nadal will have alot of time to mull over those missed opportunities. After nearly four hours of play, with Federer and Nadal knotted even at 2-2, deuce in the deciding set, the rain was falling and the light was dying, proving that no one in tennis is ranked higher than Mother Nature. The two men finished the match in the dark, with Nadal topping Federer, 9-7 in the fifth. -Wyman Meers & Cyd Zeigler jr.