Tennis: Williams sisters win sixth Wimbledon doubles crown

Serena Williams (left) and her partner and sister US player Venus Williams (right) pose with the doubles winner's trophies at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Serena Williams (left) and her partner and sister US player Venus Williams (right) pose with the doubles winner's trophies at Wimbledon on Saturday.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Serena Williams put the icing on the cake of another magnificent Wimbledon campaign by teaming up with sister Venus for a sixth doubles crown at the All England Club on Saturday.

The reigning Olympic champions beat Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court - hours after Serena claimed a record-equalling 22nd grand slam singles title by defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3.

Serena has now won both the Wimbledon singles and doubles (with Venus) in the same year on four occasions.

 

For Venus it was a consolation after she lost to Kerber in Thursday's singles semi-finals - denying her a first grand slam singles final since losing to Serena at Wimbledon in 2009.

The sisters, who paired up again this year after a two-year absence, have won 14 grand slam doubles titles together - moving them level with American Gigi Fernandez and Belarussian Natasha Zvereva in second place on the all-time list.

They still have some way to go, however, to match the 20 of Martina Navratilova and fellow American Pam Shriver.