Wimbledon 2008 – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Finals

Nick’s Picks will have complete coverage of Wimbledon 2008, and we are teaming with Tennis Week and The Independent Newspaper in London to provide in-depth analysis throughout the tournament! Also, be sure to listen for Nick on Radio Wimbledon each day at 4pm EST!

Read Nick’s Breakdown and tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!

Venus Williams (USA) vs. Serena Williams (USA)

I first saw Venus and Serena when they were nine and ten years old at my house in Longboat Key, FL. Richard Williams, their father, sat down with me and said his two girls would be very special. Well, I guess he was right! When his girls played tennis, Richard insisted that the girls were to run after every single ball no matter how far away it is. That is what has enabled them to reach as many balls as they do today! Richard also never let them speak about tennis, except when they were on the tennis court. One time, Venus broke this rule while riding in the car, and Richard made her walk home from the store. These were lessons that the girls had to learn.

As they developed, they would come to Florida to work with Rich Macci and myself (and of course their parents). When they came to the Academy, my coaches and pros would hide because the girls would wear them out! That is how strong they were!! I have always enjoyed traveling, motivating, and working with them and I couldn’t be happier to see them in the finals.

Match-Up:

This is the match that everyone has been looking forward to since the draw was announced. Both players dominated in their semifinal matches, and look primed for a sister-sister battle! It has been five years since Serena and Venus met in the finals of a Grand Slam, and it seems both of them are playing better than they ever have before. Serena leads the head-to-head match up 8-7 and has won the last five times they have met in a Grand Slam final (including two Wimbledon’s).

Let’s take a look at some of the Williams’ important stats from the fortnight:

  • Neither of them lost a set
  • Serena led all women with 48 aces, Venus was second with 34 (she also tied for the lead in double faults)
  • Venus did register the fastest serve, clocking in at 127 mph
  • The girls tied for the second most break points won (23)

When you look at their games, they are very similar in style. Let’s break this down by stroke. The edge on the first serve goes to Venus, but both girls hit reliable second serves with some spin. Both girls hit the forehand extremely flat, and very, very early. Venus has the tendency to make a couple more errors from this side, while Serena is a bit more consistent. On the backhand side, they both hit it early and I would say they are pretty equal. Neither one is noted for their slice, but they can hit it when the situation calls for it. On the volleys, Venus seems a little more comfortable coming forward but Serena can put away a volley if needed. Venus moves eloquently with her long strides, while Serena is not as smooth but much more powerful. Both will compete to the bitter end, and neither will give up. I have so much respect for both of these girls and know them so well, that I just cannot pick one over the other.

Nick’s Pick – Tell us who you think will win (score and set) and the person who comes closest will win a Bollettieri Prize Pack!! Simply post your pick in the comments section!

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~ by Nick's Picks on July 3, 2008.

68 Responses to “Wimbledon 2008 – Nick’s Picks – Women’s Singles Finals”

  1. I love the Williams sisters and are glad that they are in the finals!

    My prediction is a win for VENUS

    Venus def Serena 6-4 7-5

  2. Venus 2-6 6-3 7-5

  3. hi nick! thanks for all the coverage! um…i’m going to go with venus even though serena has “the look” in her eye again (referring to “the look” she got when she won the australian open last year)…

    venus in 3 (75 46 63)

  4. I love both Venus and Serena, but Serena has slight edge over Venus for me. My prediction 6-4 4-6 7-5 Serena

  5. Serena 75 64

  6. Serena def. Venus: 6-4, 6-7, 6-3

  7. Serena 6-3 6-4

  8. Venus 7-5 5-7 6-4

  9. I would love to see Venus raise the trophy again

  10. It will come down to stamina. Venus 7-6, 6-7, 12-10.

  11. Nick,
    I love both Venus and Serena, but no matter what I always root for Venus. Even though Serena is serving better and cracking aces from every corner, I am banking on Venus’ experience on the grass and in returning Serena’s serve, movement, big first serve, hunger to make history, and level head to pull her through in 2 tight sets. Venus will win 6-4, 6-4.

  12. Serena 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

  13. Serena 6-4 3-6 6-3

  14. Serena will claim her 3rd Wimbledon Title by a scoreline of 6-3, 6-4

  15. I’m a big fan of them both. I just feel that Venus will win. She’s the superior mover while Serena can out ace and maybe at times out hit her but, Venus can run all day. I see this battle a 3 set nail biter. Venus winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

  16. Three set going to Ms Venus Williams 6-7, 6-4 6-4
    To win her 5th Wimbledon crown.
    posted by YSF Portland, oregon 7/3/08

  17. Three set going to Ms Venus Williams 6-7, 6-4 6-4
    To win her 5th Wimbledon crown.
    posted by YSF Portland, oregon 7/3/08

  18. Hey Nick! Great Analysis. I pick Serena to win 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 in an epic final! I am a fan of both sisters though!

  19. Hope I win

    Serena 6-2 6-3

  20. Nick!

    Serena 6-4 6-4

  21. I pick Venus in 3. 6-4; 7-6; 6-3. I love them both but this is Venus tournament. I am proud of both girls.

  22. Venus 6/4 6/3

    she won nearly all her matches losing 7 games
    So the trend will continue

  23. Hey :)

    I think Vee will win this. 6-4 4-6 6-4

    Should be a great match either way.

  24. VENUS IN 2 TIGHT SETS(7-5,6-4). MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET THAT VENUS WAS INJURED IN THE 2003 WIMBY(ALMOST WON). I THINK SERENA’S (TONE)COMMENT ABOUT NEVER SAYING VENUS IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN AS LONG AS SHE IS STILL IN IT, WILL IGNITE HER

  25. Serena 7-6 6-3

  26. Serena 6-7 6-4 6-4

  27. I’m going with Serena: 4-6 6-4 10-8

  28. Venus 6-3 6-4. Defending champion, looks fitter and hungrier.

  29. Venus def. Serena 6-4 4-6 7-5

  30. Serena 7-5 7-6

  31. hello mister nick.

    i see 3 sets around 6-4 all three and serena to be the champ.

  32. I love the Williams sisters, they’ve won me loads from the bookies by both getting to the final. Serena is serving really well on the big points. Serena to win 7-6 4-6 6-3. What’s in the Bollettieri prize pack?

  33. I suppose Serena 7-6 6-4

  34. Venus Williams defeats Serena Williams
    7-5 4-6 6-3

  35. Serena 6:4 7:6

  36. Venus to win 6-7 6-3 6-4

  37. I love them both, but I am going with Serena because of her sheer WILL to win, but it will be a tight 3 sets.
    Serena to win 7-6,6-7,7-6

  38. Venus defeats Serena:
    6-4, 6-7, 10-8

  39. Venus will win in straight sets, since i predict this would be a one sided match. 64 64

  40. Serena win 6-2 6-4

  41. Serena def. Venus 7-6 6-2

  42. venus wins 6-2,7-5

  43. Venus will be too long and strong for over-hittin’ Serena
    Venus 2-1
    7-5, 4-6, 6-3
    Hey Nick – Aussie Tennis should think about identifying and training up some of our Indigenous talent. Perfect somatotype and natural endurance ability for the modern game of tennis. Nothing on the production line since Goolagong. time to wake up Tennis Aus

  44. Serena 7-6 6-4

  45. Venus d. Serena 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

  46. Serena win 7/5 6/4

  47. Serena wins 6-4 6-3

  48. This is a tough match-up. I think the match can come down to Serena’s strength conditioning versus Venus’ speed and aerobic conditioning. Venus should win the first 6/4. Then she should fall off a little in the second, and Serena should win it 6/3. The final set is a toss-up. Serena and Venus should start to play poorly, and I favor Serena’s will to win, and her weighty serve winning out 6/4 in the third.

  49. Venus wins 6-4 7-5

  50. Venus defeats Serena 7-5 7-6(5)

  51. V. Williams def. S. Williams 2-6 7-5 6-3

  52. Serena wins 7-6 (4) 7-5

  53. V. Williams def. S. Williams 2-6 7-5 6-4

  54. something went wrong…. my pick is the first comment V. Williams def. S. Williams 2-6 7-5 6-3. Sorry!

    Thanks

  55. Tomorow is the biggest day for Wiliams sisters, so them should make show. I see a very close game here, with at least one tie-break.
    For me, Venus to win @ 7-6 6-7 6-4.

  56. Nadal in 4 over Federer
    7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3

  57. Serena win 7-6 6-3

  58. Venus def Serena
    7-6, 4-6, 6-3

    3 sets

  59. Venus & Serena are Great American athletes and are a credit to their gender, their country and the sport of tennis. I am going to go with Venus winning this matchup: Venus def. Serena 64 46 63

  60. Venus win 2 set
    6-3, 6-4

  61. Serena win 3 set
    2-6, 6-3, 7-5

  62. Venus win 2 sets

    6-3, 6-4

  63. Serena win in 3 set

    2-6, 7-6. 7-5

  64. Serena win 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

  65. Serena def Venus 7-6 6-4

  66. Serena
    6-4,7-6(4)…

  67. Congratulations to “Nick’s Picks” winner Shakeen! Tremendous pick!! You will be notified about your prize shortly! Thanks to everyone who participated if you didn’t win this one try to pick the Men’s Final!!

  68. yay! Vee won?!
    did I win the contest?
    I was the first to predict w/ vee winning 6-4 7-5!!!

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