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Williams pair take doubles crown


Wimbledon Day 12 news: Venus over the moon

By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Venus and Serena Williams returned to Centre Court hours after the singles final to beat Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur and win the women's doubles.

The 11th seeds broke in the third and seventh games to take the first set.

After Raymond and Stosur saved break points early in the second set, two successive double faults by Stosur allowed the sisters to break for 3-2.

They broke again before Venus served out to love to seal a 6-2 6-2 win and their third Wimbledon doubles title.


The Williams sisters had not dropped a set in this year's Championships and were back on court after Venus had earlier beaten Serena to retain the women's singles title.

They dominated after the early break and wrapped up the first set quite easily.

They failed to press home their advantage in the third game of the second set, when Raymond and Stosur clawed them back from 15-40 to deuce before going on to hold serve, but it was only a temporary reprieve.

They broke again at the next opportunity, after Stosur's first double faults of the match, and never looked back, wrapping up victory in just 59 minutes before a healthy number of spectators.

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