Serena doubles up with Venus for 14th Grand Slam title
July 09 2016 11:00 PM
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USA’s Serena Williams and Venus Williams pose with their trophies after winning the doubles against Hungary’s Timea Babos and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.

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Serena Williams followed up her seventh Wimbledon singles title and record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam crown with victory in the women’s doubles alongside sister Venus yesterday.
The unseeded Americans defeated fifth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 to claim their sixth Wimbledon doubles title.
 It was also their 14th doubles triumph as a team at the majors and their 22nd in 23 finals overall.
 The sisters last lost a doubles final in 1999 in San Diego.
 “It’s awesome to win another doubles at Wimbledon,” said Serena.
 Venus said: “I never want to make a mistake. I don’t want to let Serena down. She brought the energy from the singles on to the doubles court.”
 Serena and Venus hadn’t played together for two years before this year but reunited as part of their build-up for the Olympic Games next month.
 Earlier Saturday, Serena had defeated Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the women’s singles final.
Earlier, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title after a straight sets win over fellow French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.They were comfortable winners in the end, winning 6-4 7-6(1) 6-3, adding the title to the US Open doubles crown they also won together last year.
Mahut is forever associated with the longest match in tennis history, at Wimbledon in 2010 when he lost an 11-hour marathon to American John Isner.
He also finished runner-up at the 2015 Australian Open in his first tournament in tandem with Herbert.



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