Wimbledon women - Final - Women

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
United StatesS Williams66---
Russian FederationV Zvonareva32---

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  1. 15:20 - Commanding in the end from Serena after she got over the initial nerves and Zvonareva just faded away towards the end

  2. 6-2 - WINNER! Serena only needs the one chance though, yet another forehand smash sealing it, this one straight down the line

  3. 40-0 - Serena slams down another forehand smash across court to bring up THREE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS ...

  4. 5-2 - Credit to Zvonareva as she holds her nerve and holds her serve to 15 when Williams hits a cross court backhand into the net. But the American will have two chances to serve this match out, the first of which will be after the change of ends

  5. 5-1 - Serena holds once again with comparative ease when Zvonareva mis-hits an off-balance backhand straight up into the air of a Serena smash. And the Russian will have to serve to stay in this match

  6. 4-1 - BREAK! Zvonareva saves a break point with a big serve down the centre of the court followed up by an inside out forehand winner across court. But Serena has too much pace on her ground-strokes for the Russian to deal with and goes on to earn herself another chance when Zvonareva hits into the net. And this time the Russian does fall behind the double break as she slaps down a double fault

  7. 3-1 - Since labouring to those first couple of holds, Serena has been her usual imperious self on serve as she holds once again to 15 to edge ever closer to her fourth Wimbledon title. The one point in that game that Serena did drop was on a high backhand that she could only dump into the net. That'd be the tactic that Zvonareva will have been aiming to utilize prior to this match but Serena really hasn't given her the chance

  8. 2-1 - Better from the Russian as she holds to 15 to at least stay vaguely in touch in this second set. The trouble for Zvonareva will be making any inroads to the American's serve. Serena has dropped just two points behind her second serve so far and is making 64 per cent of them

  9. 2-0 - Serena flings herself across cour the court and frames a backhand volley back over the net for a winner to hold to 15 to consoidate the break. Surely this is over for Zvonareva now

  10. 1-0 - BREAK! A backhand into the net and things are looking pretty bleak for Zvonareva now as that hands Serena a very early break point. And one invite is all that Serena needs as the Russian panics and takes a high forehand approach shot early and pulls down on it, dumping it into the net

  11. -- - Some stats for you at the end of that set and the most telling one is probably this: 16 winners from Serena compared to only four from Zvonareva. The Russian's winners to unforced errors ratio isn't too bad although it's the wrong way round as she has hit eight errors compared to the four winners. Still, she hasn't played badly for a first Grand Slam final. It's just that Serena is playing better

  12. 6-3 - SET! Serena fires an ace down the centre of the court (which Zvonareva unsuccessfully challenges) to bring up two set points after just over half an hour. The first goes begging when the world number one slaps down another double fault. As does the second when Serena fires a cross court backhand long. A huge first serve out wide followed by a forehand smash winner brings up a third chance to take the set. And this time she gets it when Zvonareva sends a backhand just wide of the across court

  13. 5-3 - BREAK! A first double fault from Zvonareva allows Serena to level at deuce before a backhand drifts long from the Russian to hand her opponent another break point. Another decent serve, that Serena can only return into the net, sees it go begging but she gets lucky on the next point with a net cord, that unbalances Zvonareva, before the lob. And this time Serena does secure the break with a phenomenal forehand passing shot on the run. Serena will serve for the first set

  14. 4-3 - Serena is really beginning to find her rhythm now as she thumps down already her fifth ace of the match to hold to 15 when Zvonareva can only return a backhand wide down the line at full stretch

  15. 3-3 - Zvonareva is forced to recover from 0-30 down after a couple of forehands, one down the line and one inside out across court, drop wide. She hands Serena a first break point when she sends another inside out forehand wide across court. But Zvonareva saves it with a cross court forehand that Serena can only return into the net before bringing up a game point with another ace and sealing the hold with a great first serve that Serena can only return into the net. An impressive hold

  16. 3-2 - Williams is definately not having it all her own way despite holding once again to 30. She only had 12 double faults in the tournament prior to today but she's already hit two in this match. Still she goes on to hold with a neat inside out forehand drop shot and a straight forward forehand passing shot winner down the line off Zvonareva's pick-up

  17. 2-2 - Zvonareva finds her first ace of the day, out wide past the flailing Serena backhand, on her way to another comfortable hold to 15. Serena's one point in that game though came from a cracking cross court forehand passing shot winner after a handy forehand volley from the Russian

  18. 2-1 - A much togher service game for Serena as she thows in a double fault and a couple of forehand errors under pressure from Zvonarev, who levels at deuce. But Serena rescues the hold from there with a third ace down the centre of the court

  19. 1-1 - A solid service game from Zvonareva to settle the nerves as she holds to 30. Zvonareva cruised out to 40-0 before Serena got lucky with a net-cord that wrong-footed Zvonareva and then the Russian hit wide to hand Serena a second point but the British crowd, who love an underdog, applaud warmly as Zvonareva recovers to hold and level up

  20. 14:15 - Just a little more rankings info for you by the way: after failing to make the final for the first time in four-years Venus will drop down to four on Monday with Jankovic moving up two and Wozniacki staying in three. Despite going out in the first round Sam Stosur will move one spot up to five with Elena Dementieva in six. Then it'll be either Zvonareva or Kim Clijsters in seven, Clijsters or Francesca Schiavone at eight and Schiavone or Zvonareva at nine. Li Na will be 10th.

  21. 1-0 - Serena holds to love to get her side of the scoreboard ticking over with a love service game, throwing in her 81st ace of the tournament in the process befoer sealing the game with a backhand winner down the line

  22. 0-0 - Righto then, the players are ready to go and it will be 12-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams to get the match underway after winning the toss and opting to serve first ...

  23. 14:11 - If Zvonareva were to win today she will rise up to number seven in the world rankings. Even if she doesn't win though she will still move back into the top 10, taking her place at nine

  24. 14:07 - The players are out on court now and going through their warm-ups. /// Zvonareva of course will also be in the women's doubles final later on today alongside Elena Vesnina. The unseeded, all-Russian duo put out the Williams sisters in the quarter-finals before beatin Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko in the semis yesterday. And they will face American Vania King and Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova third on Centre Court today

  25. 13:58 - It's another absolutely stunning day at Wimbledon with the temperatures currently around 24 degrees and barely a cloud in the sky. That's pretty much the predicted high of the day so it won't get too much warmer today - and it's not too windy either so that shouldn't affect the match

  26. 13:51 - It's going to be a massive ask for Zvonareva to even take a set off Serena today, in the form the world number one is in. But the Russian seems the most level, emotionally that she ever has been and now that she's fully back from that terrible ankle injury maybe, just maybe she could cause an upset today

  27. 13:47 - Mind you Zvonareva didn't drop a set until the quarter-finals, crusing past Nuria Llagostera Vives, Ana Hlavackova and 16th seed Yanina Wickmayer before fourth seed Jelena Jankovic withdrew after a set of their match with a back injury. Eighth seed Kim Clijsters did provide more of a challenge and the Russian had to recover from a set down before she also overcame Tsvetana Pironkova from a set down

  28. 13:45 - Serena has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament posting three love sets in her first three rounds, before encoutering slightly tougher opposition in the form of 16th seed Maria Sharapova, ninth seed Li Na and unseeded Czech Petra Kvitova

  29. 13:41 - Perhaps encouragingly for Zvonareva she has risen massively up the rankings since then. Although of course Serena has also returned right back to her very best, possibly even better than she was before

  30. 13:39 - Zvonareva's one and only victory came back in Cincinnati in 2006 when Serena was ranked way down at 139 in the world as she began her comeback

  31. 13:36 - These two have faced each other six times before with Serena winning on an overwhelming five of those occasions

  32. 13:17 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from this the women's Wimbledon final between defending champion Serena Williams and Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva

Serena Williams

Nationality USA
Date of Birth 26/09/1981
Height 1.75 m
Weight 70 kg

Vera Zvonareva

Nationality RUS
Date of Birth 07/09/1984
Height 1.72 m
Weight 59 kg

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