This Date in Wimbledon History: July 5
Every morning during Wimbledon, we'll take a look back at a memorable match that occurred on that calendar day at the All England Club.
July 5, 2008: Venus Williams d. Serena Williams
Final; 7-5, 6-4
Taming both the whipping wind that caused her to catch her ball toss several times and the deep drives her younger sister drilled throughout the match, Venus battled back from deficits in both sets to beat Serena and claim the Venus Rosewater Dish for the fifth time.
It was the seventh Grand Slam final between the sisters, with Serena holding a 5-1 edge. Venus' skill at cracking running drives down the line and her willingness to attack net on key points proved pivotal. Down 1-3 and facing break point, Venus stretched Serena with a backhand blast cross-court, then hit a brilliant forehand volley winner cross-court to spark a run that would see her win six of the next eight games.
"I think definitely winning this tournament so many times definitely puts you in the stratosphere, to be honest, just because of what this tournament means," Venus said afterward. "I think had I had this achievement at any other tournament it would have been awesome, but not nearly the same meaning at Wimbledon."
It was a match of lost opportunities for Serena, who hit more winners (32 to 27), but converted just two of 13 break-point chances. Venus was four for seven on her break point opportunities.
"I definitely don't feel numb, per se. But, I mean, I don't think I played well," Serena said afterward. "I don't think I'm satisfied with the way I played today. For me there's nothing to be satisfied about."
It was a whirlwind Wimbledon for the seventh-ranked Venus, who did not drop a set in winning the singles title, and then returned to court hours later to capture her third Wimbledon doubles crown with Serena.
June 25: Craybas stuns Serena (2005)
June 26: Rusedski falls to World's Biggest Loser (2000)
June 27: Zheng slays No. 1, reaches milestone (2008)
June 28: Henman's last hurrah (2007)
June 29: British Invasion: Wade beats Evert (1977)
June 30: Bjorn, Vitas collaborate on a classic (1977)
July 1: Tarango walks out (1995)
July 2: Borg fends off Connors in fifth set (1977)
July 3: Sharapova becomes a star (2004)
July 4: McEnroe finally beats Borg (1981)
July 5: Venus defeats, then defeats with, Serena (2008)
July 6: Rafter catches Agassi at the end (2001)
July 7: Becker becomes youngest champion (1985)
July 8: Mauresmo denies Henin Wimbledon (2006)