Found July 07, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :
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WIMBLEDON – Five hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title, Serena Williams was back on Centre Court with her sister Venus to collect a doubles title. The Williams sisters defeated the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday night to take home their fifth Ladies’ doubles title and their first doubles title in two years.

“Oh, wow, it’s amazing,” said Venus Williams.  “I was definitely inspired by Serena’s single’s performance.  Obviously it’s wonderful to play on the court with her.  I couldn’t have done it without her, so it’s great.”

What the secret to never losing a doubles final together? “Serena and I both put so much pressure on our opponents with our serves, said Venus. “And our returns are also, you know, very good.

“I think maybe that has something to do with it.”

“It’s definitely more fun (than singles),” said Serena about playing with her sister.  “At the same time, the last thing I want to do is let Venus down.  In singles it’s okay if I let myself down, but I don’t want to let her down.

“Sometimes it’s almost a little bit tougher because you put so much pressure on yourself, so…”

Both women have been battling illness over the past year – Serena recovering from an embolism since last year and Venus coping with an auto-immune disorder.

“She hasn’t had an easy road,” Venus commenting on Serena’s comeback and watching her play in the final.  “You know, things have happened in her life that you can’t predict or control, so it’s hard to be in that situation.  You know, things happen, that you didn’t deserve.

“For her to fight through that and come back and be a champion, and not only that, but to have made the finals of the US Open, reached the top five, all these achievements that she’s done, you know, I don’t think anyone else can do is just amazing.

“It was definitely emotional.  I was so nervous.  I felt like I was trying to play the match, too.  I couldn’t.  You never miss in the stands.

“But she played amazing.”

“She’s such a fighter, you never say die.  I think positivity really brought her a long way in that.  I don’t think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything.  Nothing has defeated us yet, so we’re going to keep that track record.

“For me it’s been definitely a journey.  I’m sure it still will be.  But I’m definitely very inspired by her and everything that she’s done.  Like I said, we’re not into the whole getting defeated thing; we’re into the conquering thing.

“For me, I want to try to do the same thing she’s done.”

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