WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams beat older sister Venus in straight sets for the Wimbledon title Saturday in the best of their all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals so far.
In a match featuring ferocious hitting by both players, Serena outslugged Venus 7-6 (4), 6-3 for her first Wimbledon championship and third major title.
It was the third all-Williams Grand Slam final in 10 months, with Serena winning her second in a row.
The first set featured the highest quality play in any recent match between the two sisters. The second set, though, was less compelling as Venus' game sagged.
The 22-year-old Venus had won Wimbledon the last two years and was bidding to become the first woman to take three in a row since Steffi Graf in 1991-93.
But she was thoroughly outplayed by 20-year-old Serena, who followed up her win at the French Open last month with one of the hardest-hitting displays by a woman on Centre Court.
"It was either now or never because I was playing the two-time Wimbledon champion," Serena said. "It's hard to beat Venus here. She just wouldn't stop running balls down."
Serena has now won three matches in a row against Venus, who holds a 5-4 career edge against her sister. Serena had already been assured of supplanting Venus at No. 1 in the new rankings to be released Monday.
"She just really played every time a better shot," Venus said. "When there's a better shot, sometimes you have to accept it."
Serena dominated the 1 hour, 18 minute-match with blistering groundstrokes off both flanks and big serving. She had Venus running from side to side and playing defensive shots to stay in the points.
Serena finished with 20 winners, six more than Venus. Serena had 22 unforced errors, while Venus had 25.
With match point at 5-3, 40-love, Serena bent over and took a deep breath before serving. When Venus hit a forehand return into the net, Serena dropped her racket, looked around and went to meet her sister at the net.
The two embraced and Venus affectionately put her right arm around Serena's shoulders.
But Serena's celebrations were relatively subdued, even when she accepted the winner's plate -- the Venus Rosewater Dish -- from Princess Alexandra.
For only the second time in 25 years, the Duchess of Kent was not at Wimbledon to hand the plate to the singles champion. Officials for the duchess said she had a "private family engagement."
Serena won $739,000, while Venus collected $370,000.
The sisters have now won seven of the past 12 Grand Slam events and look set to continue their domination of women's tennis.
While the Williams sisters were playing on Centre Court, Argentina's David Nalbandian completed a five-set win over Belgium's Xavier Malisse on Court 1 to advance to the men's final against Lleyton Hewitt.
They had split the first two sets Saturday before the match was suspended by rain and darkness. Nalbandian won 7-6 (2), 6-4, 1-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Nalbandian is the first South American man to reach the Wimbledon final since Peru's Alex Olmedo won the title in 1959. He's also the first player in the Open era to make the final in the Open era.
Nalbandian will be a huge underdog in Sunday's final against the top-seeded Hewitt, who beat Tim Henman 7-5, 6-1, 7-5 Friday.
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