The sun has set on the Centre Court dirt (err, grass), and with it, we have a host of memories from this lively and surprising Wimbledon 2012.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams both won Grand Slam singles titles past the age of 30. And then, no strangers to the scene, they performed for a photo-op as though it was a still shoot for the next James Bond film. See more photos of the winning pair here.
Serena took her fifth Wimbledon singles crown, tying sister Venus Williams, and Federer notched his (improved) record 17th Slam victory. The accompanying media blitz a day later is always interesting for how emotionally and mentally spent the player must be (video courtesy of the ATP):
Here are a couple more notes from this crazy major tournament:
SLAVA DOES WHAT SHE WANTS: Yaroslava Shvedova won all 24 points in her first set against French Open finalist Sara Errani. What's even more remarkable, as if that isn't enough, is that she nearly did the same to Amy Frazier in 2006—that in an unbelievable 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 loss. Shvedova double-faulted in the first set while leading 5-0, 40-0, then fell apart in the next two sets.
IN SUPERFICIAL NEWS: Andy Murray's ladyfriend Kim Sears sported some Victoria Beckham shades at the men's final. They were on loan from Posh Spice, who apparently couldn't find it in herself to flat-out give the sunglasses to Sears. Makes sense, though, as Posh has a history of not letting people have her stuff. Witness her latest feud with fellow Spice Girl Mel B (Scary Spice), in which VB reportedly withheld some of her clothing line's looks from her Spice sister, who had requested them.
Heads up now, Spin Nation: What will be your enduring memory of this Wimbledon fortnight? Rosol over Nadal? That "golden set"? Serena and/or Roger's championships? Venus' own return to the (doubles) winner's circle?
[The tip on Shvedova's 2006 implosion courtesy of Louisa Thomas.]
—Jonathan Scott (Talk to me on Twitter @jonscott9.)