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Austin and Navratilova on Williams' fourth Wimbledon win

Serena Williams

Serena storms to fourth Wimbledon title (UK only)

Tracy Austin
By Tracy Austin
BBC Sport pundit and former world number one

Vera Zvonareva said she didn't compete in the way that she wanted to in her straight sets defeat by Serena Williams on Saturday.

But she also thinks that maybe Serena didn't let her compete and sometimes your opponent is just too overpowering, they have so many weapons.

Serena just served lights-out today, Vera didn't get a sniff at a break point. There's so much pressure on your own service game and she served really, really well, but Serena just took control.

What now for Vera? Well, it's a little bit difficult because she's height-challenged in this day and age. She's 5'8 - the same height as Martina Navratilova - but everybody now seems to be 5'10, 6' tall, 6'3 and still be moving very well.

Vera Zvonareva

Zvonareva frustrated by her form

But Vera was in the top five at the beginning of last year and she's going to move to number nine now so she'll be comfortably in the top 10.

And now that her ankle is fine and she looks the fittest that she's ever looked, I think she'll be able to stay there and hopefully sustain it for a long time, but can she get that top, top echelon?

I think that Serena, at 28, isn't even close to winding down her career. To me she seems hungrier than ever.

She's very trim, she's ready to go and I think that she will be back for years to come and certainly talks of playing the Olympics here in 2012 - but I think she can go beyond that.

Between 2003 and 2006 she didn't play much and she's had times where she's been away from the game. That time out is going to help lengthen her career because it just hasn't been foot to the pedal the whole time.

Serena even missed three months this year and so many players, if they have missed three months, come back and need a bit of time to get mentally touch and match tough.

But Serena Williams has this amazing ability to press the green button, I don't know too many athletes in any sport that can do that.

Martina Navratilova
By Martina Navratilova
Nine-time Wimbledon Champion

Williams in action at Wimbledon
Williams powers her way through the final at Wimbledon

As Tracy says, who knows how much longer Serena can keep it up, you never know how your body is going to hold up, but at this rate she is looking pretty unbeatable.

She doesn't play that much so she doesn't wear her body down but I don't know how she can play so well when she has so little match play.

Mentally you can be tough all you want but you still have to be able to put it together during the matches and she hits the ball so clean, that's what I was struck by.

I watched her play last Saturday and when the ball hits the racket it just sounds different from when anybody else hits it - she really pops the ball square and it comes off quicker and you can see people are on their heels all the time.

Serena Williams

Serena happy with 'special' Wimbledon win

Then there's the serve, it's amazing, a fantastic motion. Her second serve is attackable but she doesn't get in trouble that often.

The women do not attack the second service that much so she doesn't feel the pressure to get the first serve in.

Vera did great to get to this point, she needs to be happy with her attitude, her play making and getting through all those matches and build on that - really look at the glass as half full.

She's still a good tennis player and you have to take the good from it. It's not like Vera played badly, she didn't fall apart, it was just Serena was too good.

The rate Serena is going she certainly may catch me and Chris Evert (18 Grand Slams) and Helen Wills-Moody (19 Grand Slams between 1923 to 1938) and who knows, maybe even Steffi Graff (22 between 1987 and 1999).

Tracy Austin and Martina Navratilova were talking on BBC Two's Today at Wimbledon



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see also
Serena seals fourth Wimbledon win
03 Jul 10 |  Tennis
Women's final as it happened
03 Jul 10 |  Tennis
Serena battles through to final
01 Jul 10 |  Tennis
Zvonareva reaches Wimbledon final
01 Jul 10 |  Tennis


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