WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams is back, after hurting her foot. The 30-year-old American won her fifth Wimbledon title Saturday on Centre Court, beating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to claim her 14th major championship.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey for me,” said Williams, who has battled health issues since winning the 2010 Wimbledon title. “I feel amazing out there. This whole tournament I felt really great physically. So I think it’s definitely the beginning of something great. I hope it is.”
After hitting a backhand winner on match point, she fell onto her back to the grass. She then rose with a grin as big sister Venus – another five-time Wimbledon champion – smiled and applauded, along with the rest of the crowd.
After shaking hands with Radwanska, Williams climbed into the box where her family was seated. She hugged her father, Venus, their mother and others.
“I think when you go through a lot of tough things you just kind of let down your guard a little bit and just be yourself,” Williams said. “I love being me. I’m a normal person. I like it when people get to see that side of me.”
On Saturday, she finished with 17 aces – including four in one game – and a record 102 for the tournament.
“I can’t describe why it was so good or how it was so good,” Williams said of her serve. “I just had the rhythm, you know, kind of felt it.”
It was Williams’ first Grand Slam title since she won at the All England Club two years ago. Shortly after winning that title, Williams cut her feet on glass at a restaurant, leading to a series of health problems, including being hospitalized for clots in her lungs.
“Yeah, gosh, definitely had some lows,” Williams said. “I had a tube in my stomach and it was draining constantly. Gosh, I mean, right before that I had the blood clot. I had lung problems. Then I had two foot surgeries. It was a lot.”
Williams is the first woman in her 30s to win a Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova, who won at the All England Club in 1990 when she was 33.