Serena beats Radwanska for fifth Wimbledon title


Serena beats Radwanska for fifth Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams is back, and she looks almost as good as ever. The 30-year-old American won her fifth Wimbledon title Saturday on Centre Court, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to claim her 14th major championship. After hitting a backhand winner on match point, she fell onto her back to the grass. She then rose with a grin as big sister Venus -- another five-time Wimbledon champion -- smiled and applauded, along with the rest of the crowd. After shaking hands with Radwanska, Williams climbed into the box where her family was seated. She hugged her father, Venus, their mother and others. "I can't even describe it. I almost didn't make it," said Williams, who has battled health issues since winning the 2010 Wimbledon title. "A few years ago, you know, I was in the hospital, and now I'm here again. It's so worth it, and I'm so happy." Out on court, Williams had little trouble at the start, using her hard serve and powerful groundstrokes to win the first five games and run Radwanska all over the grass. Radwanska, who was playing in her first Grand Slam final, has been ill with a respiratory problem, making it difficult for her to speak. In the second set and already down a break, the third-seeded Pole was coughing and blowing her nose during a changeover. But she broke Williams in the next game to even the score at 4-4, and then broke again to win the second set. Williams responded in the third set, breaking twice and serving out to win another major title. Williams finished with 58 winners to 13 for Radwanska, including an edge of 20-3 in the final set. Williams lost only eight points on her first serve. "Aggie played so well. That's why she has had such a great career, and so young," Williams told the crowd. "You guys should give her another round of applause because she's amazing and she did an amazing job today." The match was played with the Centre Court roof open, and it was delayed by rain for a short time after the first set. "Serena played too good today, but I'm just very happy to be here in the final," Radwanska said. "It was not my day. I'll try just next year. We'll see." Later Saturday, Serena and Venus Williams will play in the doubles final. A little more than a month ago, many started writing Williams off for good. She lost in the first round of this year's French Open, the first time she had ever exited a Grand Slam tournament that early. But at Wimbledon, she looked every bit a champion again. She broke her own tournament record for aces in a match with 23 against Zheng Jie in the third round. Less than a week later, she eclipsed that mark with 24 against Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. On Saturday, she finished with 17 aces and a record 102 for the tournament. It was Williams' first Grand Slam title since she won at the All England Club two years ago. Shortly after winning that title, Williams cut her feet on glass at a restaurant, leading to a series of health problems, including being hospitalized for clots in her lungs. "I never dreamt of being here again, being so down," Williams said. "Never give up. You can continue." Williams is the first woman in her 30s to win a Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova, who won at the All England Club in 1990 when she was 33. In the men's final on Sunday, six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will face British hope Andy Murray. The fourth-seeded Murray is trying to become the first British man to win the title at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: From Toronto to Pittsburgh


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JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about the Caps' series win over Toronto and preview their upcoming series with the Penguins. Can the Caps finally exorcise their playoff demons?

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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 4 loss to Atlanta Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 4 loss to Atlanta Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 111-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of their first round playoff series on Monday night that are worth revisiting...

1. There weren't many positives for the Wizards in Game 4, as they lost their second straight game and now have a tied series with the Hawks. But Otto Porter did play much better than he had in the previous three games and that is a good sign.

Porter got going early on both ends of the floor. On this play he followed up a block with a three on the other end, part of his 13-point night.

2. On this play Bradley Beal was so certain he was fouled by Hawks' Taurean Prince that he stopped for a moment mid-play. It was a strange sight:

Beal ended up with 32 points, but it wasn't enough to push the Wizards over the edge.

3. John Wall had 22 points and 10 assists. This was one of his most impressive plays, a difficult and-1 in the first half:

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4. This was one of Wall's easiest plays. He got matched up with rookie Taurean Prince and blew by him effortlessly:

5. Bojan Bogdanovic had his best game of the series with 13 points and three rebounds. He got started with this nifty and-1:


6. Dwight Howard was a force for the Hawks with 16 points and 15 rebounds. One of his points came on this hideous free throw:

7. This shot by Howard was nice, though it didn't actually count:

8. Back to Porter. On this play he drew contact on a fastbreak to get the and-1:

9. Wall made it interesting in the fourth quarter with some nice plays including this and-1:

10. Wall was still at it ever later when it was becoming the Hawks' game to lose. On this play he hit a timely three off a Marcin Gortat screen.

We'll leave you with this: all-time great Dr. Julius Erving was sitting courtside:

And he was decked out in Sixers gear:

Gotta represent. Onto Game 5.

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