Venus Williams defeated younger sister Serena to claim her fifth Wimbledon crown in an exhilarating fashion on Saturday.
The defending champion recovered from a whirlwind start to land her seventh Grand Slam title courtesy of a 7-5, 6-4 win. Venus paid tribute to the performance of Serena, who had looked as if she might blast her big sister off court in the opening games.
The quality of the meeting dispelled any suggestion that the two siblings were incapable or unwilling to produce their best tennis against each other.
But Venus admitted she never found it easy to take on Serena, who comfortably won their previous Wimbledon finals, in 2002 and 2003.
Serena, who had won five of her previous six Grand Slam finals against her sister, admitted things had not gone as she expected.