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Serena praises injured Venus for playing final

Wimbledon champion Serena Williams paid tribute to her sister Venus for coming out and contesting Saturday's final despite being injured.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2003 21:58 IST
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Wimbledon champion Serena Williams paid tribute to her sister Venus for coming out and contesting Saturday's final despite being injured.

"It was very tough and it just shows what a great champion Venus is and she's just really inspiring for me," said Serena after retaining her crown with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win.

Venus stepped on court with her left thigh heavily strapped and suffering from an abdominal strain.

The 2000 and 2001 champion needed a three-minute time out to receive treatment after dropping her serve in the first game of the deciding set.

Despite her obvious discomfort, a limping Venus refused to concede the match and bravely battled on till the end.

"I came out because the fans deserved a final and that's why I was out here," said Venus, who stormed through the first set but was unable to sustain her form in the two-hour contest.

"I wish it was just one set instead of two out of three," Venus said with a laugh. "It's just confusing out here I just wanted to keep it quick and it extended to two hours.

"I want to thank my mum, my sisters and my trainers ... they really helped me through it all and at least kept me calm."

After successfully defending a grand slam title for the first time in her career, Serena found it difficult to compare her two final victories at the All England Club

"Both are really satisfactory for me. Both have given me an opportunity to hold this trophy up," the world number one said as she glanced at the Rosewater Dish in her hands

"I can't say which is more exciting. Probably the first because it's always more exciting to have that first win."

Serena has now won six grand slam titles.

First Published: Jul 05, 2003 21:58 IST