Williams sisters win yet another grand slam title

Serena Williams returned to Centre Court to win her second Wimbledon title of the day as she and sister Venus triumphed in the doubles final.

Their sixth Wimbledon success as a team came at the expense of Yaroslava Shvedova and Timea Babos, with the Williams pairing earning a 6-3 6-4 victory.

Between beating Angelique Kerber in straight sets to take the singles title and being called to the court for the doubles, Serena Williams had paraded her trophy, signed autographs, held a press conference and conducted television interviews.

But the 34-year-old and her 36-year-old sister showed little sign of distraction as they were comfortable winners against Kazakh player Shvedova and Hungarian Babos, Serena Williams putting away the match-winning backhand volley at the net.

A 14th women’s doubles title together moves the Williamses to a share of second place on the open era list, alongside the team of Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva but six adrift of the Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver partnership.

The sisters won their first Wimbledon doubles title in 2000, which was also the year their dominance of the singles events began when Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final.

Serena Williams, turning to her sister, said: “I think you won in 2000, and we won doubles in 2000. Now it’s 2016 and we did the same thing.

“It’s unbelievable, it’s a feat even I couldn’t have thought would have happened. It’s amazing.”

That verdict was echoed by Venus, who lost in the singles semi-finals to Kerber but was thrilled to share in the doubles success.

With the Williams name on both champions’ boards again, it was another day to savour for the family.

“To have Williams on both of those once again, somehow, in 2016, it’s another dream come true,” Venus said.

And there may be more Wimbledon successes to come in the future, with neither sister giving any indication they are thinking of retirement.

“Who said that our age was old? Who put that stipulation on it?” said Serena. “Because it’s working for us.”

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