Can Venus repeat? Her agility, powerful serve, and skill at the net all play in her favor. No one in the draw attacks as well as Venus, no one has her wingspan or her quickness at the net. Perhaps most important, few can play defense as well as she did last year, when she ran Sharapova off Centre Court in the semifinals and saved a match point against Davenport.
A title defense would place Williams in select company. Ten women have won four or more Wimbledon titles, and only three have done so in the Open Era. If Williams captures her fourth, she would move past Chris Evert and find herself within striking distance of three legends of Open Era Wimbledon: Martina Navratilova (nine titles), Steffi Graf (seven), and Billie Jean King (six).
As he celebrated his daughter's title last year with a cigarette, Richard Williams remarked on what his daughter, now 26, must do to earn a place among the game's greats.
"I think she'll need at least two more [majors]," he said. "And I think she can for one reason, and that's speed. The only thing she needs to do is get her technique together."