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Williams Beats Davenport in Marathon Wimbledon Ladies' Final

  • David Luddy

Two-time champion Venus Williams has overcome a first-set loss to win her third Wimbledon ladies' tennis crown. Williams refused to give up on her way to a 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 win.

Venus bounced back from match point down in the third set to win the longest women's final ever at Wimbledon - two hours and 45 minutes. This was a remarkable victory for Venus, in a match that had speed, power, and plenty of twists and turns.

"Lindsay played so well," she said. "There were so many times that I was just trying to stay in the match. And really I couldn't have asked to play a better player today to bring my level up and I couldn't have asked for a better career."

Venus counterpunched the clinical forehands and solid backhands of her opponent. She thwarted Davenport when her American rival - suffering from a back problem towards the finish - served for the title in the second set. Venus refused to be beaten and tenacity finally won the day.