8 Jul 2012

Serena snares her 5th Wimbledon title

9:04 am on 8 July 2012

Serena Williams has smashed her own Wimbledon ace record in snaring a fifth Wimbledon crown with a fighting three-set final defeat of Agnieszka Radwanska.

The American serving dynamo spectacularly notched up her 100th ace of the championships with four straight in one rarely seen "golden game" of her 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over the Polish third seed.

Older sister Venus has also collected five singles trophies on London's hallowed grass and the most successful siblings in the sport's history will also shoot for a fourth triumph in the women's doubles final.

Serena's latest conquest also completed her inspirational comeback from a year out of the game with injury and life-threatening illness.

Just 16 months ago, she suffered a pulmonary embolism, deadly lung clots developing after surgery to repair a foot lacerated during celebrations in Germany after her 2010 Wimbledon triumph.

The bis serving American rocketed down 17 aces in all to give her a staggering 102 for the championships - 14 more than her previous grand slam women's record of 89 set in winning the 2010 Wimbledon title.

Radwanska had the opportunity to climb to world No.1 had she won her maiden major.

Instead, the 23-year-old will rise to a career-high No.2 on Monday behind Victoria Azarenka, who will return to the top of the rankings with French Open winner Maria Sharapova slipping back to third.

Radwanska can also console herself with a runner-up cheque for 575,000 pounds (NZ$1,115,000) with Williams to pocket 1,150,000 pounds (NZ $2,163,720).