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Serena makes triumphant start to her 'new career'

It was a chilling message for the rest of women's tennis. "I feel like I have a new career," Serena Williams said here in the early hours of yesterday morning after claiming her third US Open singles title. "I feel so young and I feel so energised to play every week and to play every tournament. I feel like there's just so much that I can do in my career yet. I've never felt like I've played my best tennis."

Williams sisters win gold in Olympic doubles

Venus and Serena Williams teamed up to win the Olympic doubles final Sunday, beating Spanish duo Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-2, 6-0.

Robson intent on greater feats after her quick conquest of Britain

What now for Laura Robson, 14, and a Wimbledon champion already? Following her impressively mature win in the girls' singles on Saturday – 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 against Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn – she is Britain's most famous teenage girl.

Sisters are still hungry after fresh taste of success

Venus Williams had a glass of champagne in her hand but her thoughts were on more humble fare. "I love McDonald's," the five-times Wimbledon champion said here late on Saturday. "That's always my treat after I win or after I lose. Cheeseburger, small fries. In the States I have a kids' meal. I like to mix it up. I love the curry sauce here. It's a special treat. If I lose, I feel happier. If I win, I feel on top of the world. So it works either way."

No family planning as sisters battle all the way

In the end, Venus was a sister without mercy, on court. Yet, a fifth championship here in all, and a second final triumph over her younger sister was celebrated with due sensitivity to the woman closest to her."My first job is big sister,"Venus explained, with a laugh."I take that really seriously."In between, though, there were precious few feelings spared as the Williams sisters provided the required riposte to anyone who'd had the temerity to suggest that this would besome kind of carve-up.

Venus steers her sister to promised title

Having deprived her little sister of a Wimbledon singles title earlier in the day, Venus Williams lived up to her promise that “Serena deserves a win so I’m going to try even harder” when they teamed up for the doubles final last night. Big sister was supreme at the net and with Serena taking out her frustration at the earlier loss, opponents Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur were despatched 6-2 6-2 in less than an hour.

High-five Venus over the moon

In the end, it was Big Sister who had the last say. At 28, Venus Williams came on to Centre Court yesterday having won six, exactly half of her previous Grand Slam finals, while Serena, her 26-year-old "little" sister, strictly in terms of years only, had won eight out of 10. No argument, then, about who has been the more successful Williams. But no argument, either, about who deserved to win this time, as Venus swept home 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 51 minutes, pulling away confidently and athletically after a nervous and indecisive start.

Wimbledon Diary: Williams girls crush everyone but who's the No 1 arm wrestler?

Before the Sisterhood began turning Wimbledon into a game of Monopoly, the Diary had a unique insight into the sheer power of Serena and Venus Williams. They delivered a pair of handshakes that can only be described as bonecrushers. It would be interesting to see the outcome if they engaged in an arm-wrestling competition. Why not? Having gained first-hand experience of the girls' vice-like grip, they would give Muscles Murray or even Rafael Nadal a run for their money.

Venus wins battle of the Williams sisters

Defending champion Venus Williams today won the first set of the Wimbledon final against sister Serena in blustery conditions on Centre Court.

All-Williams final still gives fuel to conspiracy theorists

Richard Williams took his leave of the 122nd All England Championships yesterday, flying home to Florida. Curious timing, given that his daughters will be contesting their third Wimbledon singles final here today – not to mention seeking their third doubles title later in the afternoon. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that, rather than getting back, the man who has guided and coached Venus and Serena to positions of dominance at the annual gathering in SW19 was getting away.

Dementieva reopens row over Williams’ final arrangements

For a while it was the talk of tennis. Did the Williams family have agreements over who would win when Serena and Venus played each other? The family always denied it and the controversy all but died when Serena started to get the better of her elder sister on a regular basis, but it reopened here yesterday when Elena Dementieva, looking ahead to tomorrow's all-Williams final, said: "For sure it's going to be a family decision."

James Lawton: Sense of doubt inevitable when Venus and Serena continue this family affair

You could have been excused for forgetting that while Wimbledon squirmed over the possibility that another all-Williams women's final tomorrow might have all the competitive edge of a session of pass the parcel – or in this case the silver – in the family parlour, there was still a live contender from outside the extraordinary empire made by the eccentric Richard, father of Venus and Serena.

Williams sisters' competitive spirit fills power vacuum

The seeds of the women's competition have never found the turf of these courts quite so barren; but nor, equally, is there much in the way of fresh, green roots. For not even Zheng Jie, the wild card whose survival to the semi-finals testifies to the fate of the four women originally drawn to contest them, can quite vitiate a sense that the passage of the Williams sisters has been mapped out rather more inexorably.

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