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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 July, 2003, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Gamewatch: Venus v Serena
All the action as Serena Williams retains her Wimbledon crown against sister Venus.

Result: Serena 4-6 6-4 6-2 Venus

Third set

Serena 4-6 6-4 6-2 Venus
Serena shows no emotion as a long return from Venus gives her a second Wimbledon title. She embraces her sister at the net and waves to the crowd who give her warm applause.

Venus' injury clearly affected her performance in the final set, and she seems almost relieved as the match ends.

Serena 4-6 6-4 5-2 Venus
The writing is on the wall for Venus, as she double faults at break point to fall two breaks behind her sister. With her injury still clearly troubling her, it is asking a lot to expect her to come back.

Serena 4-6 6-4 4-2 Venus
A vicious forehand winner seals a convincing service game for Serena, and gives Venus little chance of breaking.

Serena 4-6 6-4 3-2 Venus
A fairly comfortable service game for Venus who still appears to be playing within herself to protect the injury.

Serena 4-6 6-4 3-1 Venus
Venus continues to battle, and takes Serena to deuce, but the world number one re-focuses and takes the game.

Serena 4-6 6-4 2-1 Venus
Venus' movement appears somewhat restricted by her injury, but her shot-making appears unaffected as she races to a 40-0 lead. Serena takes the next two point, but Venus holds out to take the game.

Serena 4-6 6-4 2-0 Venus
Serena holds, but the atmosphere on Centre Court is subdued, with Venus clearly still suffering from the effects of her abdominal strain.

Serena 4-6 6-4 1-0 Venus
It is the worst possible start to the deciding set for Venus, whose serve starts to go awry, allowing Serena to break in the opening game.

After the game, the match is held up as Venus calls the trainer. She then leaves the court for a medical time-out - returning after a break of five minutes.

Second set

Serena 4-6 6-4 Venus
This time Serena makes no mistake as she serves out the game to take the set and ensure a deciding third set.

Serena 4-6 5-4 Venus
Serena howls in frustration as two net cords in successive points favour Venus. The older sister is not too worried, however, as they ease her through the game, and give her a chance to break back and level the set.

Serena 4-6 5-3 Venus
Serena misses her first chance to serve out the set, as she nets a straightforward forehand and give her sister a break and a glimmer of hope.

Serena 4-6 5-2 Venus
Venus keeps herself in the second set, ending Serena's run of four games in a row with a relatively comfortable win, serving her first ace along the way.

Serena 4-6 5-1 Venus
Venus' hopes rise as she earns a break point against her sister, but Serena soon plugs the gap and moves to within one game of the second set.

Serena 4-6 4-1 Venus
Serena hits form in ominous style as Venus plays an error-ridden game, and loses to love after hitting a forehand woefully long. The world number one is now two breaks up and well-poised to level the match.

Serena 4-6 3-1 Venus
Serena's fifth ace of the match helps her become the first player in this set to hold serve. But it is far from easy for the world number one, with both players hitting form and producing some memorable tennis.

Serena 4-6 2-1 Venus
For the fourth game in a row, service is broken, and Serena takes the initiative once again.

Serena 4-6 1-1 Venus
Serena's game is uncharacteristically erratic, and almost as soon as she gains a break over her sister, she loses it, netting a straightforward forehand - much to her disgust.

Serena 4-6 1-0 Venus
Serena makes the best possible start to the second set, breaking her sister's serve, and giving herself an instant advantage.

First set

Serena 4-6 Venus
Serena undoes all the good work she produced earlier in the set. She appears to be trying almost too hard, as an overhit forehand and a double fault hand Venus three set points. The elder sister takes the set after an extraordinary rally in which Serena passes up an obvious chance to win with a soft overhead.

Serena 4-5 Venus
A fortunate net cord favours Venus, and she holds serve somewhat more comfortably than she has in the previous two service games.

Serena 4-4 Venus
Serena digs herself out of trouble with some typically powerful serving, after slumping to 0-30 behind. She takes four points in succession to end any fears of losing her serve.

Serena 3-4 Venus
Serena shows signs that she is getting back to her best, as she sets up another two break points. But Venus saves them both and holds her serve.

Serena 3-3 Venus
Venus misses an easy forehand at 0-30, and Serena does not waste the opportunity to take advantage of her good fortune, winning to love.

Serena 2-3 Venus
A less commanding display from Venus in this game, and Serena takes full advantage of her sister's faltering serve to break back. She takes the game with a brilliantly improvised forehand at the net.

Serena 1-3 Venus
Serena serves her first ace of the match, but her game is still a pale imitation of the power tennis which saw her to the final. Nevertheless, the younger Williams saves four break points before taking the game.

Serena 0-3 Venus
Venus continues to dominate, winning one memorable rally thanks to a splendid backhand drop shot, and once again taking the game to love.

Serena 0-2 Venus
Aggressive play from Venus, who is keen to come into the net and pressurise Serena. The tactic proves effective, and a surprisingly sluggish Serena loses her serve to love.

Serena 0-1 Venus
Venus serves the opening game, and wins fairly comfortably, without any obvious signs that her injury is troubling her.

1410 BST: The warm-up is over, and the players are ready to begin.

1405 BST: The sisters begin their warm-up.

1400 BST: Both sisters come on to Centre Court to the cheers of the crowd. Venus is wearing a support on her left leg, but is moving well, despite her injury worries.

1350 BST: Venus Williams has suffered a late setback ahead of the Wimbledon singles final against her sister Serena.

The 23-year-old was only able to train for 15 minutes on Saturday morning, after aggravating an abdominal strain in the semi-final against Kim Clijsters.

She also wore a strapping on her left thigh - thought to be the result of a 'compensation injury'.

A WTA spokeswoman told the BBC Venus will compete against her sister, despite being only "75% fit".

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