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BBC's Sue Barker speaks to Lindsay Davenport
BBC Sport's Sue Barker speaks to Lindsay Davenport
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BBC Sport's Sue Barker with Venus Williams
Venus Williams: "I was determined to get this"
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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Venus can sleep easy
Venus Williams
A joyous Venus Williams
Winning Wimbledon will end Venus Williams' nightmares.

The new champion, speaking to BBC's Sue Barker after defeating Lindsay Davenport 6-3 7-6, said that the fact she had not won a Grand Slam had played on her mind.

"It's really great because I've been working so hard all my life to be here.. And before I'd go to bed and dream I've won a Grand Sslam and when I wake up it's a nightmare. So now I've done it I don't have to wake up like that anymore!" said the ecstatic new champion.

After winning the final point, Williams jumped up and down on Centre Court for well over a minute, grinning to her family in the crowd, which included her younger sister Serena and father Richard.

"I can't hold back in life - it's just the way I am, my personality. I don't like to miss out on celebrations or a great laugh."



I can't hold back in life - it's just the way I am, my personality. I don't like to miss out on celebrations or a great laugh.

Venus Williams

And she could not resist a cheeky quip about the trophy she was holding in her hands.

"This is unbelievable and I just have to say that it is better than the men's cup in my opinion."

Venus had served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but apparently succumbed to nerves before closing out the match in the tie-break and she admitted that the initial experience came in handy.

"You just have to say calm because its not finished to the last point no matter how close you get. I just wanted to hang onto it."

Williams can now look forward to the women's doubles final, where she teams up with Serena.


Venus Williams
Williams: Her first Grand Slam triumph
"The strange part is that we don't have a doubles ranking - Wimbledon gave us a wild card - thank you. We're in the final now and after this we will have a ranking."

Venus also revealed that she had prepared well in advance for the annual Wimbledon champions ball on Sunday evening.

"I bought my gown before I came here because I was determined to get this."

For the beaten Davenport, there seemed to be an acceptance that this had just been one of those days.



Getting to the final here was a great achievement - I'm not going to walk away hanging my head

Lindsay Davenport

"I knew she (Venus) was playing really well throughout the tournament and I knew that it would be a tough match. I was starting to get back in the second but she was too strong at the end again and I congratulate her on winning her first Grand Slam," said the 1999 champion.

"Getting to the final here was a great achievement - I'm not going to walk away hanging my head and hopefully I'll be back many more times trying to win it again."

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