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.