I'm sure you can refer back to earlier posts on this board and read about all the drama that happened in the final.
Venus played like crap in the first set and was down two breaks with LD serving for the match, then she broke to take it to 4-5, before LD served to win the set 6-4.
Second set same story, although she was more inspired in patches. LD served for the match and was broken to love. The match went to a tiebreak, and VW jumped to a quick lead I think it was 5-1 at some point. She eventually won the breaker 7-4 and it was very entertaining. It is also in this set that LD had match point??
In the 3rd set Lindsay was up a break before she took injury timeout. She then went on to serve and was up 40-15 to go up 5-2, which I think would have sealed the match. Venus broke and they were on serve all the way, even though LD was up 15-30 or 0-30 in a lot of the games. She was two points from winning the match on no fewer than 4 times.
Both ladies held serve up until 7 all, when Lindsay was broken. VW was quickly up 40-0, at which point she raised both her arms!! She was so pumped. She double faulted on her 1st matchpoint, and if I remember well she won it on her second, when LD dumped a forehand into the net, to begin the wild celebrations that you saw. It was a beauty to watch, you could see just what it meant to her when she went up 40-0. Its been a difficult journey for her, and its remarkable how she did it.
While many say that LD did not choke away the match, I have to wonder. I think she got tense at the wrong times, such as when she was serving for it. I doubt if she believed she could win it. Having said that, Venus played remarkable tennis when her back was against the wall!
Hope that is useful.
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