Serena and Vera Zvonareva shake hands at the conclusion of the match (above).

Serena Williams took the court for her 6th Wimbledon finals appearance with a vengeance.  The top seeded American defeated the 21st seeded Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour and 7 minutes to claim her 4th Wimbledon title in singles and her 13th major singles championship.

The American stuck to what worked for her throughout the fortknight–her booming serve.  Serena dominated on serve, winning 31/33 points on her first serve, pounding another 9 aces to make her total for the tournament a leading 89, and allowed Zvonareva zero break chances while converting on 3 out of 7 of her own break opportunities.  Zvonareva, able to control the net so well in her last match, simply could not stand the heat at net today.  She got to net only 12 times and won only 6 of those points, a stark contrast to her 29/35 in the semi-finals.

Here are the match stats:

 
 
 
   Williams (USA) Zvonareva (RUS)
         
  1st Serve % 33 of 50 = 66 % 41 of 55 = 75 %
 
  Aces 9 4
 
  Double Faults 3 2
 
  Unforced Errors 15 11
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 31 of 33 = 94 % 26 of 41 = 63 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 7 of 17 = 41 % 5 of 14 = 36 %
 
  Winners 29 9
 
  Receiving Points Won 24 of 55 = 44 % 12 of 50 = 24 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 3 of 7 = 43 % 0 of 0 = 0 %
 
  Net Approaches 14 of 14 = 100 % 6 of 12 = 50 %
 
  Total Points Won 62 43
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 122 MPH 107 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 105 MPH 100 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 85 MPH 86 MPH

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/stats/day20/2701ms.html

Serena grabbed the title in a route, by a 19 point margin–large especially in light of the match’s duration.  Adding another record to her list of accomplishments, Serena did not drop a set in the tournament.

Despite the loss in singles, Zvonareva still has a chance to earn a major trophy today.  If she is successful, it will be her 2nd (she won the US Open in doubles in 2009).  In a few minutes she will take the court with Elena Vesnina against American Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova looking for the ladies doubles crown.

Vesnina and Zvonareva upset the defending champion Williams sisters in the quarter-finals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and then took out fourth seeds Dulko and Pennetta in the semi-finals.  For the Williams sisters, the loss snapped a 26 match win streak for the American team in major competition.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)